Drum Talk

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Blogger Stephanie “Biffybeans” from Spiritual Evolution of the Bean is here this morning with a guest post about Drum Talk, an upcoming festival in Pittsburgh with concerts and workshops about international percussion traditions.


Quo Vadis? Where to go?

How about Drum Talk 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA?

When: October 16th-19th 2008
Where: CAPA High School, 111 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Cost: Concerts $10, $15 Individual Classes $35, or $99 Day Pass, $219 Weekend Pass (includes all concerts and classes.)

What is DrumTalk?

Drum Talk brings internationally acclaimed master drummers/educators to Pittsburgh, PA for a four day weekend of exciting concerts, informative workshops and energizing drum circles. It will be a celebration of percussion traditions from around the world.

The event will begin on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm with a performance by UMOJA, Pittsburgh’s own African Arts dance troupe.

DrumTalk 08 Faculty Artists will lead workshops and present concerts throughout the weekend with each performance focusing on different genres of world percussion. See the Africa Yetu site for a complete schedule of workshops and classes.

Click through to check out highlights from the schedule…

A World of Percussion (Friday, October 17 at 8 pm)

Friday’s performance will feature Jim DiSpirito demonstrating Tabla and the Afro-Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos. Jim and Marcus will be joined by African master drummers Assane M’Baye, Elie Kihonia, and Japanese Taiko master Takumi Kato. Each artist will present a performance highlighting his own unique percussion tradition. They will also present a collaborative musical presentation in which rhythm will serve as a bridge joining musical boundaries. For the finale, members of the audience will be invited to join for an exciting, interactive performance. Bring your drum and your dancing shoes.

An Evening of Middle Eastern Drumming and Dance (Saturday, October 18 at 8 pm)

Saturday evening’s collaborative, and interactive performance will feature Four-time Grammy Award winning master drummer, composer and educator, Glen Velez. While Glen draws upon the great drumming traditions of the Middle East, South India and the Mediterranean world (ancient and modern), he plays in a style all his own. Utilizing a vast culmination of complex hand and finger techniques, he creates a symphony of sound and texture from just a single hand held drum. Also performing Saturday: Raquay and the Cavemen (featuring: Raquy Danzinger, David Kuckhermann and Liron Peled) in a performance that will present a fusion of various Middle Eastern drumming styles. Raquy will be joined on stage by the incredible Zafira Middle Eastern Dance Troupe! Lastly, Japanese Taiko master Takumi Kato will be featured.

“An Afternoon of Jazz and World Music ” (Sunday, October 19 at 4 pm)

DrumTalk 08’s finale concert will feature Jim Donovan and his incredible Drum the Ecstatic International Pittsburgh Jazz Legend, Roger Humphries and his quintet, Glen Velez, and a special performance by Kadiatou Konte performing African dance from Guinea. You will not want to miss this exciting conclusion to the four-day festival.

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