Pam Nishikawa and Winnie Rafael invite both non-drummers and experienced drummers to our drum circle!
What is a drum circle?
A drum circle is a group of people who play percussion instruments together by listening to each other, creating a cohesive sound. Some may choose to play a simple one-beat rhythm, others will opt for more complex rhythms. All of these beats meld together to complement each other. That is where the magic happens! You may dance, stand, or sit while playing...or just dance!
What can you expect at our circles?
A brief ceremony is held to call in the spirits of the four directions and create sacred space. We are dedicating our circles to help heal the earth, her waters, and ourselves. We are a fun and casual group, so don't let the sound of "ceremony" deter you.
A 10-min. intro is given - how to sit, hold the drum, hand positions, and how to play in the circle. We start with some stretching, then do a simple grounding exercise to get us all "in our bodies." A simple rhythm is played to attune our energies. This also gives us a chance to warm up and play a little faster - then we'll see where we go from there! We'll create our own rhythms, and play some W. African and Middle Eastern rhythms too. Bring a rhythm you know and like to the circle - it's about seeing what we can do in the moment.
Some drums of varying sizes and tones are provided (djembes, doumbeks, Tibetan bowls, bass drums) as well as percussion instruments such as shakers, clave, balafon, bells, and tambourines.
Bring some water to drink. Seats are provided.