Saturday, May 09, 2009

Visit with Kobi Hagoel

I was able to find some time to met Kobi Hagoel in Israel this weekend. I traveled by train from Tel Aviv to his home in a small town outside of Tel Aviv.
Israel is an interesting place. I am glad that I was able to visit Kobi and experience how the "rest of Israel" lives, so that my impressions of life in Israel weren't skewed by experiencing life only in Tel Aviv (which is a big city, with all of pros/cons of a big city...).
Kobi welcomed my into his home and his studio (which happens to double as a bomb shelter...). We spent lot's of time working on Riq technique's (I was woefully out of practice...) and then some time on rhythm's. Again I was reminded of how fast a player Kobi is. He is well practiced and articulate in his style.
Near the end of our session, I pulled out my Native American Flutes and we jammed for bit.

Friday, May 01, 2009

NAFDA North 2

NAFDA North 2 - Cooperman Frame Drum Festival - Oct. 2-3, 2009 in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA


$100.00 per person for all workshops & concert (not including travel, lodging and meals)

Director: Todd Roach

Oct. 2 - Informal Concert / Jam Session

featuring all artists & special guests


Workshops: Oct. 3, 2009

Patrick Graham - Mediterr-Asian Tambourine Techniques

Todd Roach - Frame Drum Compositions

Shane Shanahan - Modern Lap-style Bodhran Techniques

N. Scott Robinson - Riqq Techniques

Randy Gloss - Pandeiro Techniques

Oct. 3 - Concert - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

(Open to the public - ticket required - $12.00)


Todd Roach, Randy Gloss, N. Scott Robinson, Shane Shanahan, Patrick Graham with guest musicians: Mac Ritchey (oud) & K. S. Resmi (Carnatic Vocals)


Broken riqq

OUCH! Unfortunately, I went to pack my riq for my trip to Israel and I discovered that the fish skin head had pulled away from the shell. Looks like no riq for this trip. I talked to the guys at Cooperman today and I am shipping it back to them for reheading. I am going to go with the weatherking head this time, the fish skin is too temperamental.