The Rhythms of the Silk Road Daem – The Spirit in the Rhythm- Charles Thomas
Date:Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Time:3:00pm – 5:00pm
Travel the Silk Road, following the path of the drummers who journeyed from
country to country, while learning, playing, and spreading their music.
This workshop will focus on the Daem of Persia.
Learn this basic Sufi pulse rhythm, known for its heavy spirituality, as well as some of the many variations it has been transformed into as it was shared along the Silk Road. Students will not only be learning the Daem, but will also develop the feel of the rhythm and its improvisations, with a further focus on playing for dancers.
All drums are welcome in this workshop, from the traditional frame drum and zarb, to the more modern doumbek, djembe, and cajon. And, of course, all manner of percussion will find a ready
place as the students become an ensemble and the spirit of the rhythm fills the room. The workshop includes a five page handout, with the Daem and four rhythm variations.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of drummers.
Charles Thomas is the percussion director and lead drummer for Twisted Gypsy, a professional and performing dance and drum group here in Southern California. He has been studying, performing, and instructing for nine years and is currently teaching Hand Drumming courses at Pasadena City College. Charles plays doumbek, frame drum, daf, bendir, riqq, djembe, and the occasional random passerby.
At the Remo Recreational Music Center
* 7308 Coldwater Canyon. North Hollywood, CA 91605
* 818-982-0461 http://www.remormc.com