West African Djembe rhythms
6-week spring session
April 19 - May 24
Experience the joy of drumming in a group!
Learn grooves for Djembe and Dunun drums.
In this 6-week session we will learn two complete rhythms from Guinea, West Africai
with all parts for Djembe, bass drums and percussion instruments
creating multiple poly-rhythmic layers!
All levels welcome!
Portland Friends Meeting House, 1837 Forest Ave, Portland
6 Wednesday evenings
6 - 7:30pm
April 19, 26, May 3, 9, 16 and 24
$150 for the 6-week session ($30 fro drop ins)
Djembes are available for rent (for use during class time only!)
Please let me know at registration!
Pre-registration is required to attend!
Please contact Annegret Baier:
School Residencies and Performances
I offer single or multiple day artist in residence programs at schools all over Maine and New Hampshire, working with students K-12.
My workshops invite the direct participation of students through playful rhythmic exercises including body percussion, movement and drumming.
While supplying a wide variety of authentic African percussion instruments i want the students to have a hands on experience of creating music and playing it with others. In this way they quickly learn the value and reward of listening and working together.
When adding a dancer to the workshops and performances students can witness the dynamic communication between drummer and dancer and then experience it firsthand through their participation.
My goal in teaching West African drumming and dance is to cultivate appreciation for the diversity and complexities of a culture other than our own.
"I have found that my hand drumming always has a strong primal and physical appeal to audiences and invites the listeners to participate and react directly through hand clapping and dancing. I'm glad to inspire particularly women and younger girls by playing a traditional male instrument hoping to convince them of their power and strength to go out in the world and choose freely what they want to do in their life!"
For more information please contact
Annegret Baier, 207-318-5202 or firstname.lastname@example.org