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Drum Workshops - Famoudou Konate in Chicago Area May 13-18, 2010

From: Kristie V.
Sent on: Saturday, April 17, 2010 8:39 AM


Hey there, Drummers!!
 
I've got a message to pass on to you regarding some West African drum workshops that will be held in northern Illinois in May.  Famoudou Konate is a world-renowned master of the djembe drum and it's orchestra, and he has been coming over to the U.S. to tour and teach workshops for several years now.   Below is a message from Helen Bond, Famoudou's North-American representative (I have also posted this information on the Meetup message board):

 

FAMOUDOU KONATE
From Hand to Hand - Wassa Kunba!
2010 Workshop Tour
 
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to study with the Living Legend FAMOUDOU KONATE!  There will be 4 days of classes held at Gillson Park, Wilmette, IL and 2 days of Special Advanced Classes held at Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center in Round Lake Beach, IL.

May 13th - May 16th (Thursday - Sunday)
Open to All Levels

When:
 Thursday, May 13, 2010 through Sunday, May 16, 2010

Where: Lakeview Center, Gillson Park, Wilmette, IL - North of Chicago 800 Gilson Park Drive, Wilmette, IL
Just east of Michigan & Washington Ave. (inside Gillson Park). Lake St. dead ends into the park. Ample Free parking available.


Time: Thursday & Friday 6:00pm-10:30pm (4 hours of instruction)
Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm - 5:30pm (4 hours of instruction)

Cost: $370.00 per person for all 4 days, or $100 per day as space allows.

Bring your own djembe if you have one. Djembes available for rental.
Breaks provided for the snacks or lunch you bring.
All payments are fully refundable before April 30, 2010 after which all payments are not refundable. 


2010 SPECIAL ADVANCED CLASSES
When: Monday, May 17, 2010 through Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Where: Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, Round Lake Beach, IL
Right next to the Round Lake Beach Metra Stop on the North Central Line

Cost: $125.00 per person per day (Monday & Tuesday) as space allows.
Dununs for the class will be provided.

Breaks provided for lunch. We usually have lunch delivered from Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop at JimmyJohns.com


Time: Monday & Tuesday 10:30am-3:00pm (4 hours of instruction)


About the classes..........
 
Ma��tre du Djembe 
Master of the Djembe Famoudou Konate is a world-renowned virtuoso of the djembe drum and its orchestra. One of only a handful of initiated Masters of the Malinke drumming tradition, Famoudou is universally respected as one of the world���s premiere djembe Drum Masters. He has dedicated his life to performing and preserving the music of his people, helping to elevate the djembe orchestra from its traditional roots to worldwide popularity.  Fode Camara (also from Guinea) will again join the tour as his Sangbanfola.
 
From Hand to Hand
Famoudou���s Wassa Kunba! teaching system involves an intensive 4 hours of instruction per day and ensures that you will leave with everything
you will need to study and perform a complete Malinke rhythm. You���ll learn the basic rhythms on the three dununs and the djembe
accompaniment parts. Famoudou will also teach echauffements (the patterns that "heat up" the song), djembe solo techniques,
introductions and breaks, dunun variations and even songs that accompany the rhythms in the village. You���ll learn the origins of each
rhythm; receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional Malinke djembe orchestra while deepening your understanding
of the place of music, dance and song in West African life.
 
Wassa Kunba! ��� "Great Joy!"
Through these amazing workshops, Famoudou Konate shares with everyone the great joy of traditional Malink�� hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa. 
 
A workshop with Famoudou is like nothing else out there. His enthusiasm and energy are absolutely infectious. Famoudou���s drum
speaks with unsurpassed clarity, communicating the musical heritage of his people and the universal strength of the human spirit. He engages
everyone, creating a joyful environment where we together enjoy the uplifting beauty of the Malinke ensemble.
 
Whatever your background or experience level, take this unique opportunity to study with this living legend and truly great master.
Improve your skills and experience Wassa Kunba! with Famoudou Konat��.
 
We hope to see you at the workshops!  If you can't make it to the Chicago workshop check out the entire tour for another city that may work for you.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Helen Bond
 
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Peace, Light, and Drums ,
 
Kristie
 
 





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