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October Drum Events-Circles, FILM shoot!

From: Kristie V.
Sent on: Friday, October 2, 2009 3:23 PM
Hello drummers. Below is a copy of something I just sent out to those on my drumming email list (outside of the meetup website). Thought you might be interested!
I am the drum, you are the drum, and we are the drum. Because the whole world revolves in rhythm, and rhythm is the soul of life, for everything that we do in life is in rhythm.

- Babatunde Olatunji (hailed as the "father of African drumming" in the United States)

Happy October, Drummers!!

I hope you are having a nice fall so far, and yes, there are a few drum-related events for the month of October that I need to share with you!

First, below is the drum circle schedule for Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee. It has been changed again from the "normal" schedule in order to avoid both drum circles being back-to-back (one the day right after the other).

Women's Circle: Wednesday, October 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Open Circle: Thursday, October 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Good Harvest Market is located at 1850 Meadow Lane in Pewaukee and the drum circles are held in the Community Room. As usual, hope to see you there for a groovy time!!

Second, a kind of unusual but cool event is going to be taking place on Sunday, October 11th, and we are in need of drummers for it! A UWM student by the name of Cole Quamme is going to be shooting a film about drumming, and the very last scene of the film is.....a drum circle! Here is some info about the film from Cole:


The inhibited human connection/interaction do to the reliance on technology. Told through a type of reverse evolution of music and technology, primarily drums and percussion. To do this I will show three different stories about three different drummers. First is a present day computer reliant, isolated striving musician. Second is a reinvented 1960?s style professional, sociable jazz drummer who relies on his metronome. Last is a reinvented (post-apocalypse) primitive man, dependent on human support; he along with many others plays drums and dances.

The Shoot

I will be shooting the primitive man story on Saturday, October 10th and the group drum circle on Sunday, October 11th at high noon. The location is Shorewood Forest, which is a hidden public park on Lake Drive just three blocks south of Atwater Beach. (Near 3600 Lake Dr. on the side toward the lake). I will need as much help as I can get. My goal is to shoot the story on Saturday and the drum circle on Sunday. I?m looking for talented drummers with their own drums, specifically rope tension, or hand-made. I have gathered many sorts of cans, bottles and made some drums out of tires and barrels. If you have any kind of percussion that you believe would fit in with this theme please bring them. I?m also looking for talented dancers who would be able to do some improve African/Modern dance. I want to keep a certain look of primitive ?post-apocalypse? man. With this in mind, I would also need everyone to dress the part. I will try my hardest to create costumes for most people, but it will be very unlikely. So I would also ask you to bring whatever you think you?d wear if you survived an apocalypse, and had to make clothes with what you could find. I?m sure if you think of that situation you?ll bring something great.

Part III Story

A time after roads, cities, guns, clocks and the almighty computer?
A hut deep in a woods - we see a family; man, woman and child - they?re sitting around a small fire eating. Once finished we hear drums in the distance. The family perks up. The child goes into the hut and comes out with a drum, he hands it to his father. They begin to walk through the woods. They exit the woods, now on a beach, the drums are louder, and there are more families exiting the woods. They begin to play the drums as they enter the grounds where there are a great number of others dancing and playing drums around a large fire. There are great walls of cement, and ruins of an old building destroyed sometime ago. Different types of drummers and drums; some handmade out of found materials such as cans, tires, even satellite dishes. As we move closer we see clearly that everyone is filled with joy and satisfaction. This powerful song and dance takes us until the end of the film.

Everyone who participates in the drum circle shoot will get a copy of the film, which will actually be finished in May. And if you want to participate, there are 3 things to keep in mind:

1) Please try to bring your own drum (preferably djembes and other African-style drums - not too modern-looking (as Cole said, rope tension style drums are best)).

2) Dress the part - it is important (the look Cole is basically going for is that we (the drummers) live in the woods and we wear close that we have made and found post-Apocalypse). Ponchos would be great (this is what I am going to wear). If you have any questions about attire, please contact me.

Also, if you would like to participate, please email me back (we prefer that you do not just show up on the day of the shoot without us being aware ahead of time that you are coming - we need to know a head count in advance).


Last, I want to share with you some information about a drum circle that will be taking place on the UWM campus on Friday, October 16th. The drum circle will be part of the "Stand Up and Take Action" event that is a national recognition day to end poverty. For more info, the website is: The drum circle is primarily being put on for people on the UWM campus, but it would be nice to have some drummers from our Milwaukee area drumming community to help us get a good drum circle going and show them how it's done! I do not have an exact time yet, but the circle will run sometime between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. I will send out more information once I get it.


Peace, Light, and Drums smile,


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