What we're about

These rhythm sessions are held in different places in & around the Shenandoah Valley. They are open to all who play *or want to learn to play* hand drums and ethnic percussion. Our event hosts include Jona Masiya, Mariama, Tracy Seffers and others. Each event has a unique mix of instruments that may include conga, djembe, djuns, tubano, doumbek, frame drums, marimba, mbira, shakers, sticks and bells. Some instruments will be provided, but you can bring any that you'd like to add to the mix. You will learn to play African, Afro-Cuban, and Middle Eastern rhythms, and will have room to improvise and use your creativity.

You can also follow us on Facebook at Shenandoah Rhythm Jams (https://www.facebook.com/groups/shenandoahrhythmjams/)!

Upcoming events (5)

Women's Circle: VisionDrum!

Cool Spring Preserve

• What we'll do Sisters! We will gather monthly for radical self-care — mind, body, spirit — allowing silence, laughter, rhythm, song, and gentle movement to reconnect us to ourselves and to other women in a time-honored practice. Featuring frame drums and other percussion. No fee, and no experience necessary. Some instruments provided. • What to bring Cushion or yoga mat, water, a simple round frame drum (if you have one--some will be available to practice on). Doumbek and other percussion pieces are welcome (shakers, tambourines, etc.). Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily. Bring your breath, bring your spirit, bring your heart to share with your sisters. • Important to know This is intended to be a *different* experience than the open community circles I host-- focused on women and women's experience, quieter drums, more contemplative in nature, and an expectation of gentle movement along with the drums. Fear not! Everything is voluntary. :)

Fifth Monday Introduction to Taiko Workshop

Black Cat Music Shop

Fifth Monday Taiko? It would appear that there is a rare Fifth Monday in August. Would there be any interest in a small - 3 to 6 people - Taiko workshop on Monday August 31st in Berkeley Springs? Taiko are the amazing, impressive, and wonderfully powerful heartbeat drums of Japan. Taiko literally means “Big Drum,” but also refers to kumi-daiko, the ensemble group drumming growing in popularity over the last half century. Borrowing on thousands of years of tradition, taiko groups are now taking the style worldwide. Taiko promises to be the first native Japanese music to spread through the world. Taiko has been spreading in North America since its introduction in the 1960s by the “Father of North American Taiko,” Seiichi Tanaka. You may have seen Taiko performed at a Cherry Blossom Festival or an Asian Arts event, or seen the world-renowned Kodo, or the electrifying DrumTAO. Shangö has been incorporating Taiko sound into our worldbeat jams for the past year, and it‘s been great fun! We’d like to share with you a taste of this powerful and expressive drum tradition. Shangö Taiko Player Kurt Griffith will be facilitating the workshop. He is very interested in cultivating more local Taiko players. More players, more fun, more DON! We will be introducing the fundamentals of playing taiko in the naname-uchi style, the basics of the “Say it-Play it” Kuchishoga mnemonic system for learning rhythm patterns, and a couple of basic and classic taiko songs. Please wear loose comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and movement. If you have a drum of any kind, feel free to bring it along! it will add to the rich mix! For Covid-19 Mitigation, there is a venue limit of 6 Participants. All participants must wear masks, and there will be sanitizing procedures in effect, following CDC and WV Dept of Health Guidelines. Taiko Basics PDF Basics of Playing Taiko, Taiko Glossary, the taiko kuchishogo mnemonic system, a practice rhythm exercise, Renshu, Miyake, & Ni-Yon Matsuri Daiko. - https://shangopercussion.org/docs/TaikoWorkShop_BasicsHandout.pdf If you want to learn more about Taiko, Visit our Taiko Page https://shangopercussion.org/taiko_page.html View the Livestream Session from March 29 on YouTube This was something of an experiment in simulcasting, and just the barest TASTE of the Taiko world, but here for your amusement and edification. https://youtu.be/Y1hJzYPTWLQ Looking forward to seeing you there. Banzai!!!

COME AND DRUM! 1st Tuesday Jam @ Black Dog Coffee, Charles Town

The Black Dog Coffee Company

WE PRACTICE SAFE DRUMMING: BYO MASK - BYO CHAIR - BYO DRUM. Homemade instruments are welcome, and they are plentiful, free, and fun! Since 2012, this informal and welcoming circle features hand drums and hand percussion of all kinds. Have another instrumental talent? Bring it and we'll jam! Love to dance? Bring yourself and we'll help you get your groove on! New to drumming? Meet me there at 6:30pm and I'll give a free intro lesson on the basics. No pressure--the emphasis is on creativity, listening to and encouraging each other, having fun, and welcoming all into the circle of friends. COME AND DRUM!

Drum Circle with Jona Masiya at Compound Historic Nature Reserve

Hello Friends, Please join me for a 1st Friday drum circle at Compound Historic Nature Reserve. Outdoor, waterfront location plus bond fire. Drums are provided if you do not have one. Please bring your own chair. Friends and family are welcome. $$ Donations are welcome. See you then!

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Drum Circle with Jona Masiya at Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary.

Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary

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