Friday, August 20, 2010

What do you think are the major trends in drumming/percussion in the last decade or so?

Photo by Kaylyn Oshaben
I was asked this question recently:
Q: What do you think are the major trends in drumming/percussion in the last decade or so? And how are they important?

A: Having had the opportunity to see the industry from both the performing side and the teaching & therapeutic side I'd have to say that one of the most exciting developments in the "drumming" industry is the progress and acceptance we've had using drumming and percussion as a mainstream tool to bring people together to make music with each other. For me, witnessing the expression on a person's face as they realize they have a place at the table in a musical experience, regardless of their ability, is more deeply satisfying than it was playing in front of 500,000 people at Woodstock 99.

As drummers we have the unique ability to bring lots of energy to any musical situation we find ourselves in. When we combine that excitement with a format that empowers individuals to be co-creators of music, we've re-discovered what our great grandparents knew about music. Stop worrying about being "the best" musician and just get together with each other and play.

-Jim Donovan

What are your thoughts on this question?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Your Invitation to the 2010 Great Rhythm Revival....


I'd like to invite you to imagine yourself enjoying a rejuvenating three-day Labor Day weekend retreat filled with drumming, dance and personal growth workshops.

In addition to the workshops you will also enjoy two exhilarating nights of concerts featuring the Tertium Quid Percussion Ensemble on Friday and Drum the Ecstatic International on Saturday...

Picture yourself drumming and dancing at our late night bonfire drumming in the woods...  All on the gorgeous grounds of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY (Just east of Erie, PA).

2010 Great Rhythm Revival :: Quick Links
Ages 18 and over. Rain or shine.
See you there,
Jim Donovan

PS Could you help me with something? If you know of someone who would enjoy the Great Rhythm Revival, please forward them this email. Your word is the best advertising I can ask for. Thanks!