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Mad Drum Circle Skillz & Trance Drum and Dance at The Space! Every Tuesday!

MAD DRUM CIRCLE SKILLS! (aka Un-Squaring the Drum Circle) 7-8 PM
This class will focus on learning correct technique for hand drumming (all drums welcome) and the fundamental skills for joyfully contributing to the rhythmic expression and diversity of a community drum circle. We will study the principles of construction of traditional rhythms (polyrhythm, cross-rhythm, beat displacement, etc.) through drills and exercises designed to encourage exploration and personal expression, and you will learn how to apply these in your own playing starting right now!

Drummers and Dancers welcome! Using principles from the "Mad Drum Circle Skills" class and playing at specific tempos associated with trance induction (in the alpha and theta ranges) we will create a guided sound environment appropriate for movement exploration or regenerative meditation. Aside from guidance before the music and brief discussion afterwards, this will be a word-free zone (other sounds permitted and even encouraged!) to enable deeper internalization.

FEE: Suggested donation: $10 per session. A portion of all donations will be sent in to a non-profit organization each week (see the facebook events for each week's selected organization). If your ability to donate in cash is limited, we would still like to welcome you; in the spirit of a Gift Economy, we would ask that you give what you can and then do something nice to benefit someone else in the following week in the spirit of paying it forward. :)

Presented by Martin "Wolf" Murphy with Mark DiMaio

MARTIN "WOLF" MURPHY began instructing, facilitating drum circles, and storytelling with the drum in 1992 after years of study. He has incorporated a wide diversity of tribal instruments (as well as found and created ones) into his performances and recordings. He has completed the Remo Health Rhythms Facilitator training; is a Rhythmic Entertainment Intervention Authorized Therapy Provider; and has performed, practiced Sound Healing modalities, and recorded from coast to coast.

He is a founding member of numerous percussion ensembles including Orlando's Umoja; SHREDD!, and his current project, Flammable Babylon. He has played with Red Shift Mantra; Mizna; Gypsy Caravan and the G.C. Remix Band, Manteis Project, Tam Tam Congo, Tam Tam Africa, the Legendary JCs, Liberation 44, Wah!, and more. His discography includes Sambadromo (Bodhisattva); Sambadromo (Bananas); Red Shift Mantra (Phoneme, 2005), and Gypsy Caravan (Remarkably Re-Mixed Caravan Rhythms - 2007). Greywolf produced and released The SHREDD! Percussion Ensemble CD "This Is Your Brain On Drums" in 2003, and "Tribical" in 2007.

He has studied with modern-day drum masters from West Africa (including Famadou Konate and Mamaday Keta), the Congo (including Thobos Lubamba and Teber Milandou Sita), the Middle East (including Karim Nagi, Raquy, Quentin Shaw) and many more. He has trained on ngoma, djembe, and duns, as well as Arabic and North African tabla, riq, and frame drums. He produced, directed, and performed in the award-winning "The Extraordinary Fila" for the 2005–06 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festivals.

MARK DEMAIO In 2001, Mark graduated the University of Central Florida and through many experiences dedicated himself to service. In the course of 10 years, he has taught overseas, worked as a mentor and tutor, and carefully crafted his own brand of creating music with complete strangers -- musicians and non-musicians alike. He has studied and played with world renowned drum circle facilitators and drummers. He is Remo HealthRhythms {copyright} trained and has had over five years experience creating drum circles for school and after school diversion programs, parties, teacher team building workshops, and more!!! He is a founding member of Thee Flammable Babylon Percussion Ensemble, the drummer for the Orlando based band Tangent, a teacher of Djembe, Djundjun, and the Trap Kit, and an ongoing music, book, and energetic collaborator with Martin "Wolf" Murphy.

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