Thursday, October 31, 2013

In memory of Layne Redmond

Layne Redmond (August 19, 1952 - October 28, 2013)

Wow. October has been a crazy month --> turns out that we lost another incredible drumming legend with the passing of Layne Redmond at the end of the month. The drumming world was already reeling from the passing on John Bergamo, and now to lose Layne also?

Again for me, I wasn't fortunate enough to ever met Layne or study with her. But she influenced so many in the hand drumming world, including many of my favorite players. She was especially focused on the healing properties of the drum and dedicated her life to researching it's healing properties. She authored the book When the Drummers Were Women.

Here's a great video by Layne, which highlights her life's work, take a moment to watch it and remember what a beautiful and influential person she was

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In memory of John Bergamo

John Bergamo (May 28, 1940 - October 19, 2013)

The drumming world lost a legend this month with the passing of John Bergamo. Admittedly, I wasn't fortunate enough to ever met or study with John, however I have been influenced by his music. John played with many famous artists in his career, but I first heard him as a member of Hands On’Semble. These guys are (were) some of the greatest hand drummers that I've heard and I've spent many hours with a Hands On'Semble CD playing the background while I've worked at my home office. The Hand's On'Semble website has an excellent memoriam to John by folks who studied and played with him. ALso, do a quick search on the web to find other great memories of John's influence.

I hope that you'll take a moment, grab your drum and play a song in memory of John. Then go grab the Hands On'Semble CD, throw it in the CD player and let John take you to another place.

From the PAS Website Memoriam for John Bergamo

Link: John Bergamo Hall of Fame Article