Canceled Meetup


Price: $20.00 /per person

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Introduction to 5 of the basic rhythms that are played for belly dancers – Baladi, Maqsum, Chiftatelli, Masmoudi, and Ayub. You will start with the basics of how to hit the drum’s 3 basic notes (dum, tek, ka), progress to comfortably playing the rhythms with different speeds and volume, and finish with switching between rhythms on the fly. This is a great introductory workshop for beginner drummers who want to play for belly dancers or belly dancers who want to learn the rhythms, understand their structure, and be more comfortable when they are dancing.

Gene has been drumming for over 10 years. He has taken lessons from Daveed Korup, Carmine Guida, Mab Just Mab, and various other professional drummers and musicians. In that time, he has played with Ishtar (from Pittsburgh) at various venues, played with DragonSong at the Maryland Faerie Festival and Baltimore’s Artfest and Honfest, played as a member of the ‘house band’ at Mosaic Café in College Park, MD and at the Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla. He has also become a regular participant at the Java Hafla in Westminster, MD. Gene is a teacher by profession and brings his knowledge and enthusiasm of teaching to provide a smooth progression and transition during the workshop.

Cost of the workshop is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door (PLEASE notify me in advance if you are coming). Please PM Halima (Jessica) for the PayPal address or you may mail a check. PM for house address or more information.

Please note (posted 6/20/13):

****ATTENTION**** Anyone who is planning to attend the Middle Eastern Drumming Workshop w/ Gene Schwartzman scheduled for this Saturday, from 3-5 p.m., you have until 5:00 p.m. this afternoon Thursday, June 20, 2013, to send your money via Paypal!! If I have not heard from you by then we will have to CANCEL the workshop. Please contact me asap if you are still planning to come.