Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Upcoming NAFDA events

NAFDA North 3 - Vermont Frame Drum Festival -

Oct. 15-16, 2010 in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.


Featuring 5 workshops and concert with Shane Shanahan (kanjira), Mario Monaco (pandeiro), N. Scott Robinson (lap style bodhran), Todd Roach (hybrid tambourine), Tareq Rantisi (riqq), with Ensemble Datura, K. S. Resmi (Carnatic vocal), and Mac Ritchey (oud).

Vendor Booth & Sponsor: Cooperman.

Total cost: $120.00 (when paying in advance) for all! Reservations:


NAFDA South - Georgia Frame Drum Festival -

Oct. 23, 2010 - Clarkston, Georgia, USA.


Featuring 5 workshops and concert with Layne Redmond (frame drums), River Guerguerian (lap style bodhran), Claudinho Santana (pandeiro), N. Scott Robinson (riqq), B. Michael Williams (tar) with N. P. Stottlemyer (tar), Dave Holland, and Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble (playing frame drum compositions by B. Michael Williams & N. Scott Robinson).

Vendor Booth & Sponsors: Cooperman & Contemporânea.

Total cost: $100.00 (when paying in advance) for all! Reservations:


NAFDA West 2 - California Frame Drum Festival -

Feb. 4-5, 2010 - North Hollywood, California, USA - Remo Recreational Music Center.


2-day event featuring 8 workshops and 2 concerts with Andrea Piccioni (tamburello), Randy Gloss (pandeiro), Pejman Hadadi (daf), N. Scott Robinson (riqq), Brad Dutz (Irish bodhrán), Todd Roach (hybrid tambourine), Patrick Graham (lap style bodhran), Matt Kilmer (kanjira), with Hands On.semble (Randy Gloss, Andrew Grueschow & Austin Wrinkle), The Mast (Haale Gafori & Matt Kilmer), Miranda Rondeau, and Ensemble Datura (Mac Ritchey, K. S. Resmi, Todd Roach & N. Scott Robinson).

Vendor Booths & Sponsors: Remo & Cooperman.

$200.00 (when paying in advance) for all! Reservations:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RhythmJuJu and Frame Drum Workshop Cancelled

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the RhythmJuJu and Framedrum workshop events scheduled for this weekend in Nevada City and Grass Valley have been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances with one of the performers.

We'll reschedule for later in the year.

You can find the latest events by Sonic Planet Productions here: http://www.sonicplanetproductions.com

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Total Rhythm: Oakland World Percussion Festival 2010

WHAT: Total Rhythm, Oakland World Percussion Festival 2010
WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9am - 6pm
WHERE: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive Oakland, CA 94610

"Northern California's Largest One-Day Percussion Event!"

  • Dive into the rhythms and colors of Brazil!

  • Learn dynamic and energizing West African and Congolese arrangements!

  • Feel the power of Middle Eastern percussion, and study the beautiful, folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythms Makuta and Iyesa.

World Percussion Workshops taught by All-Star Instructors with OVER 100 YEARS of performance, recording and teaching experience.

The Award-winning OWPF 2010 staff has performed and/or recorded with musical legends Ella Fitzgerald - McCoy Tyner - Cachao - David Byrne - Margareth Menezes - Fua Dia Congo - Gilberto Gil - Carlos Santana - Bonnie Riatt - Changuito - Joan Baez - David Rudder - Bobby McFerrin - Starlift Steel Orchestra - Calypso Rose - Giovanni Hidalgo.

Attend an individual workshop(s) or be one of the first 50 purchasers of a FULL-DAY Pass for $50! (After 50 sales, FULL-DAY pass price rises to $75).

African Marketplace * Drum, Percussion & Craft Vendors * Free Parking * Children Under 12 are free * Drums provided, or bring your own!

Oakland World Percussion Festival 2010 At-A-Glance:
8:30 am: Doors Open
9:00 am: Introductory/Welcoming Remarks/All Student JAM
9:30-11:00am: "Colors of Brazil" Workshop with Robert Wallace
11:00am-12:30pm: "Insights into West African Rhythms" Workshop with Ben Isaacs and Gabe Harris
12:30pm-1:30pm: LUNCH BREAK
12:45pm-1:30pm: James and the Hands On Fire Band will be performing
1:30pm-3:00pm: "Middle Eastern Percussion" with Susu Pampanin
3:00pm-4:30pm: "Afro-Cuban Makuta and Iyesa" with Michael Spiro
4:30pm-6:00pm: "Congolese Roots" with Kiazi Malonga
9:00pm-2:00am: Official OWPF 2010 After-Party

Full Festival Day Pass: $75 (For first 50 people: $50)
Includes FREE ADMISSION to Festival After-Party, 9pm-1am
Location in Oakland, CA to be announced.

Flyer Link: http://totalrhythm.com/owpf.pdf
For more information: http://totalrhythm.com/percussion_festival.html

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More "Got Riqq?" T-shirts...

Thanks to those who've responded already! After some discussion, I decided to change the design and create some white t and light t-shirts which are less expensive than the dark t-shirts. I hope that this helps fit your budgets better! I also added several women's clothing designs to give you all some more choices.

I also created a cool tote bag, perfect for carrying your drums and percussion toys to the next drum circle or gig! Enjoy, and thanks for supporting my blog.

All these designs and more can be found on my Cafe Press site: http://www.cafepress.com/sonicplanet
Alright folks, the NEW "got riqq?" t-shirts are in and ready to order! I've been pulling this idea together for a while and I finally took the steps to get the online shop setup! For the moment, there's only the one design/style, I'll add more as I get the time.

Enjoy, let me know what you think! If you want other clothing styles, let me know!

Order here: http://www.cafepress.com/sonicplanet.441561796

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rhythm JuJu with Marla Leigh and friends

Here's a teaser for the upcoming Rhythm JuJu event with Marla Leigh and friends in Nevada City on May 14th.

For more information: www.sonicplanetproductions.com

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Art of FrameDrumming Workshop with Marla Leigh

The Art of FrameDrumming Workshop with Marla Leigh

In this compelling workshop, we will uncover the dynamic and magical world of frame drumming and rhythm from the Middle East, Africa and India as well as the art of improvisation.

You will leave this powerful and very informative percussion immersion with all of the tools necessary to become a confident, creative and fully inspired improvising drummer.

WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 10:30am-4pm & Sunday, May 16, 12 -4pm

COSTS: Saturday ONLY, $55 - Saturday and Sunday, $95

Bring a friend and each receive $5 off workshop

WHERE: Grass Valley Taiko Dojo, St Joseph’s Cultural Center, Grass Valley, CA

To Register: Call 530.432.2716 or visit http://www.sonicplanetproductions.com/

About the Instructor: Marla Leigh is a Los Angeles based professional Percussionist, Flautist, Composer and Educator, who specializes in the frame drum. She is a well-recognized teacher and performer in the world of frame drumming, and has created a unique approach both in playing and in teaching this instrument.

RHYTHMJUJU: A World Groove Trance Dance Experience with Marla Leigh

RHYTHMJUJU: A World Groove Trance Dance Experiencewith Marla Leigh and Friends

"Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, I know you're tired, but come. This is the way." – Rumi

Come Dance and Celebrate Your Life In Rhythm! Join us for this powerful, healing, percussive ~ dance ritual, featuring ancient sacred drums from India, the Middle East and Africa, tastefully combined with worldy flutes, Hebrew & Sanskrit chants and other worldly instruments.Dance, meditate, release, reveal, explore to sacred sounds from around the world.

Featuring Marla Leigh and special local musicians Aminah Christi (Fanna Fi Allah),Yinon Darwish, Narayan Light and Mike Oitzman.

WHEN: Friday, May 14, 2010, 8 PM - 10 PM

WHERE: Wild Mountain Yoga, 574 Searls Avenue, Nevada City, CA.

TICKETS: $18 / $20 Door Tickets available at: Briar Patch, Record Connection
Sponsored by Wild Mountain Yoga

Call 530.432.2716

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jabbar Karyagdioglu, Kurban Primov

Here's an awesome old movie from the 1930's. I am not sure exactly who's playing the drum, the email on FrameDrummer lists Jabbar Karyagdioglu as the famous singer from Azerbaijan singing and playing on Dayere (Ghaval). But the Youtube notes say that it's Kurban Primov (Qurban Pirimov on framedrum. If you know, please leave a comment (in English). The quality isn't great, but it's a charming video:

Friday, February 26, 2010


with Rowan Storm

Saturday 27 February
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Zambaleta World Music and Dance School
2929 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


~ for beginners and intermediate players

~ no previous experience necessary

In this introductory workshop for Middle Eastern Frame Drums, you will learn:
1. Essential elements for playing a variety of Frame Drums, including tambourine, dayereh and daf
2. Whole-brain, whole-body technique
3. Deep rhythmic coordination through movement, voice, and the Frame Drum

Please bring with you if possible:
* Your own Frame Drum, shaker, and recording device
* Notebook and pencil
* A variety of Frame Drums and shakers will be provided for use and purchase, including Rowan Storm's signature Frame Drum: the Rowan Storm Dayereh by Cooperman Drum Company.

Zambaleta World Music and Dance School
2929 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

for more information and registration:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cooperman Glen Velez Bodhran / Tar on ebay

Just saw this auction for a Cooperman Glen Velez Bodhran / Tar on ebay.

link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150408971380

Thursday, January 21, 2010

NAFDA Midwestern Frame Drum Festival

What: Midwestern Frame Drum Festival
When: April 30 - May 1, 2010
Where: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Cost: $100.00 - all-inclusive for 6 workshops & concert
(lodging, travel & meals - not included)
Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College
5600 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110 USA


with guest musicians:


Workshops: May 1, 2010 - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

9:00 - 10:15 am - N. Scott Robinson - Pandeiro Techniques

15" Break

10:30am - 12:00 pm - Matt Kilmer - Kanjira Techniques & Rhythms

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch on own

1:00 - 2:15 pm - Todd Roach - Riqq Techniques

15" Break

2:30 - 3:45 pm - N. Scott Robinson - Mediterr-Asian Tambourine Techniques

15" Break

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Matt Kilmer - Lap Style / Bodhran Techniques

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Todd Roach - Tar / Hand Held Frame Drum Techniques

6:00 -7:30 - Dinner on own

Doors open for concert at 7:30 pm

Concert: May 1, 2010 - 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Todd Roach & K. S. Resmi with N. Scott Robinson
  • Matt Kilmer
  • N. Scott Robinson & Mark Holland (Native American & world flutes)
  • HaZMaT Percussion Duo: Thomas Zirkle (marimba) & Matt Henry (frame drums & world percussion)
  • University of Missouri - Saint Louis Percussion Ensemble
    (performing the frame drum compositions of Todd Roach & Thomas Zirkle)

For more info: http://www.nafda1.com/nafdamidwest.php

Facebook: NAFDA Frame Drums

NAFDA, Inc.: Frame Drums Group

Handsonic 10 Demo at NAMM

The Rhythm Alliance

I just stumbled on this organization: The Rhythm Alliance
Their mission is: "to raise the level and awareness of drumming as well as support for drummers through education and cooperation."

Here's an excerpt from their recent press release (1/15/2010):

"After supporting many of the world’s most popular and influential musicians with their spectacular time-keeping and impeccable musicianship in the studio and on the road, a group of today’s top drummers have joined together in an effort to support their fellow drummers. The organization is called the “Rhythm Alliance” and its principals, Gorden Campbell, Teddy Campbell, Gerald Heyward, Marvin McQuitty, Aaron Spears and Nisan Stewart, are all worldclass drum artists who have performed and collaborated with a host of world-class entertainers from Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Michael Jackson to Fred Hammond, The Winans, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, Timbaland, P-Diddy and Jay-Z plus the American Idol show on TV and on tour.
The Alliance’s mission is to raise the level and awareness of drumming along with support for the drumming community through educational materials such as magazine articles, flyers, posters, books and videos as well as appearances at educational events including drum shows, festivals and conventions. As the first step towards fulfilling its mission, the Rhythm Alliance will perform at the 2010 International Drummers for Jesus Celebration, March 26 - 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Drummers For Jesus (drummersforjesus.com) is dedicated to creating a worldwide network of drummers and percussionists who use their drumming to spread the positive message of Jesus Christ and past DFJ events have featured Sheila E, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gregg Bissonette, Zoro, Tommy Aldridge, Louie Bellson, Danny Seraphine, Luis Conte, Chris Coleman, Russ Miller, John Blackwell Jr., Will Kennedy, Derico Watson, Paul Leim and many others. Plans for additional Rhythm Alliance activities will be announced as they are confirmed.
The Alliance drummers are also committed to working with the companies whose products they endorse to develop and promote instruments and accessories that will bring fresh sounds to a wide range of contemporary styles and increased access to a diversity of players. These companies currently include Drum Workshop, Modern Drummer, Pro-Mark, Remo, Roland, Shure, Vater, Vic Firth, Yamaha and Zildjian. As the Alliance continues to grow, its members intend to contribute a portion of their income from event fees and product sales back to the drumming community in the form of scholarships and donations to music education programs."

So while it appears that initially this organization initially consists of a group of well known commercial kits drummers and percussionists, I would encourage some of you to reach out to this fledgeling organization and see what you can contribute to it's growth, success and inclusion of world drumming.

Links: http://www.drummersforjesus.com/html/dfj_celebration.php

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Women Frame Drumming Channel on Youtube

Layne Redmond has a new Women Frame Drumming channel on YouTube:

Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WomenFrameDrumming