Drumming for Peace, Joy, and Unity

What a day THIS was!
Due to so much unrest, divisiveness, anger, sadness going on in our world, I wanted so much to do something. And how best to bring people together but through what the djembe symbolizes best- joy, peace, and unity. I called on my dear friends, Christan Poret and Chuck Cogliandro to get their feedback, support, and leadership and they were behind me 100%. So it began. Shirley Bayliss administrative Decatur rep was notified for rental of the space. Leaders from the 12 ensembles in Atlanta and surrounding areas were notified. Times and rhythms were given and each picked. It was smooth as silk as everyone choose a rhythm and time that was not duplicated. Kent Edmonds, banner and event designer was called upon and the vision was put on paper put on social media!

On November 12, 2017 it came to pass. A participate said, “it was a thing of beauty.”

These Atlanta West African Dance and Drum Ensembles shared their joy. Leaders in their community came healers, teachers, musicians, performers, event planners!

Egbe Sekere- Iya Olori Oriyomi is best known and loved by all her students as Mama Yeye. Her credits includes AADDF 2012 Conference Sekere Workshop, Youth Theatre Project Camp production, “Once on this Island, “Master Sekere Workshop” with Iya Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Afro Beat Lives and Spread Love’s Felabration with the Cast of “Fela on Broadway” with Gorilla Dance Project , Sistahs 4 Assata Shakur and Nahande, Black Lillies Rites of Passage Program, Atlanta’s Dance Africa with Chuck Davis, 100 Sekeres at Georgia State University Inter Cultural Social, Cobb Energy Center ,Whine Down Wednesdays and National Black Arts Festival at Olympic Park. “KIRIKOU” the Stage Play, Jazz on Tap Conferences, Alliance Theatre Youth Theatre Camps, 7 Stages Youth Creates, AWP Camp Destiny, A3 Sky Camp and Georgia Perimeter College African Cultural Workshops.
MaYe continues to fulfill her destiny one movement at a time, providing education with Dance, Sekere (sha-ka-ray) workshops and classes. She LOVES sharing African dance, movement, culture, music, and theatre while inspiring Youth to be triple threats on stage. Encouraging wholesomeness, discipline and self motivation to achieve any positive goals through the ARTS.

ConunDrums: Kassa
ConunDrums is a diverse community of women drawn together by chance, intention, fate, and the call of the drum of West Africa. Their high energy, interactive performances are centered on the centuries-old musical tradition of the Mandingue and the teachings of Mamady Keita, the Guinean Initiated master djembefola, and other master drummers. From their beginnings in 2001, the intent has always been to share and expand the community that the uplifting and joyful rhythms have brought them. Amy Jackson, TTMDA djembe instructor is their musical director.
Start time: 12:30pm

Giwayen Mata: Kuku
Under the musical direction, Omelika Kuumba, Giwayen Mata is the award-winning, dynamic, soul-stirring, all sistah dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble. . Since 1993 these “Elephant Leaders of Women” have been exciting audiences of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds with their energetic, educational, and highly interactive performances. It has been state, “To call this group a band is a severe understatement: they’re more like an event.” For an experience that you will long remember prepare yourselves to watch, hear, particpate with, and enjoy.
Starting: 12:45

Afrikan Djeli: N’Goron
Aiyetoro has been a musician since elementary school as well as a student of West Afrikan Percussion for over 12 years. He is a Dununfola in training. The Dununfola is the master of the Dunun orchestra- Dununba, Sangban, and Kenkeni. These drums, along with the Djembe, are native to the region which currectly includes the countries of Guinea, Mali, and the Ivory Coast. He is the founder and Executive Director of Afrikan Djeli Cultural Institute (ADCI). ADCI has as its main program, the 9th annual Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival, which takes place the last weekend of July each. year. In addition, he is a member of Djeliba Drum Ensemble. He performs, teacher, and organizes drum classes. He also imports from Africa. He is a cum laude graduate of Morehouse College. He is a husband, father and community organizer.
Start time: 1:00pm

Sehwe Village Percussion: Sinte
Sehwe Village Percussion is a community that gathers to celebrate its love of West African rhythms and songs. Sehw (“happiness” in Susu language) also seeks to be an intentionally multi-ethnic group who hopes to foster diversity, inclusion and understanding through sharing the experience of West Africa’s rich drumming tradition. Their musical director is master djembefola, Aly Camara.
Start time: 1:30pm

Emerson Drummers: Sofa
The Emerson Drummers have been under the musical direction of Chuck Cogliandro for 21 years. The group has always welcomed people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. The group includes Brother Yusef Crowder, Stone Montgomery, Mohamed Diaby, Aly Camara and many others in its teaching lineage, and honors the deep cultural roots of the people of West Africa, from whom the music comes.
Start time: 1:45 pm

Chattahoochee Rhythm Keepers: Djole
Building community through drumming, Chattahoochee Rhythm Keepers formed three and a half years ago in LaGrange under the instruction of Tom Harris with performances at Paint the Town Pink, the local Christmas parade, Chattahoochee River Keeper Festival and Juneteenth celebration.
Start time: 2:00pm

Ten Blocks Away: Yankadi-Makru
Ten Blocks Away, initially began as a practice group for those in Atlanta, Douglasville and Carrollton who were mesmerized by Malinke and Susu style drumming & dance desiring to practice beyond the beginner/intermediate level. The group soon began performing in Carrollton and Atlanta and has evolved to offer traditionally based West African drumming & dance performances and workshops while maintaining the original identity as a stable and consistent Djembe, Dunun, and dance practice group.
Start time: 2:15pm

Djoli Kelen: Sunun-Djansa
Djoli Kelen (Jo-lee Keh-leh) is an Atlanta based nonprofit organization. The company focuses on documenting, preserving, and highlighting the transformative power of African/ African Diaspora dance, music, and culture. In the bambra language, djoli kelen means one blood. The company embodies the notion of one blood in every sense of the word. Founders, Christan Poret, Kodi Allen, and Shannon Byrd-Crossley have joined their talents to create this cultural arts collective that openly, and lovingly shares African dance, culture, and the arts with the Atlanta community. Members of Djoli Kelen pride themselves with an energetic and an infectious joy every time they hit the dance floor. Djoli Kelen is a force to be reckoned with and will continue to keep the dreams and aspirations of their predecessors ALIVE!!!
Start Time: 2:30pm

Missed you Uhuru Dancers, Sensua Players, Aly Camara and Tom Harris

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JOIN US!

Desmond Tutu said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

This day of drum and dance is intended to be one of those little bits of good. Come join us for a day of peace, joy, and unity. No matter who you are or what your skill level, we’ll guarantee some high energy, uplifting, fun! As Mamady Keita says, “The djembe does not know color, gender, age, it only knows our hearts.”

Bring your drum, bring your shaker, bring your heart as we play with members from the different West African drumming and dance ensembles in the greater Atlanta/Decatur area. Our intention is to put out good vibes to heal our world, county, state, ctiy, neighborhoods, and homes by coming together in peace. We also want to give thanks and honor to our teachers of the Mandingue whose music has inspired us to share the joy and passion with community.

Drum Classes

Drum Classes will resume in December – schedule coming soon.

Amy had double knee surgery in October and is busy with recuperation and rehab. We’ll see you in December.

 

Thanks.

Drumming for Peace

NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED – COME HAVE SOME FUN!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!!!

Desmond Tutu said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

This day of drum and dance is intended to be one of those little bits of good. Come join us for a day of peace, joy, and unity. No matter who you are or what your skill level, we’ll guarantee some high energy, uplifting, fun! As Mamady Keita says, “The djembe does not know color, gender, age, it only knows our hearts.”

Bring your drum, bring your shaker, bring your heart as we play with members from the different West African drumming and dance ensembles in the greater Atlanta/Decatur area. Our intention is to put out good vibes to heal our world, county, state, ctiy, neighborhoods, and homes by coming together in peace. We also want to give thanks and honor to our teachers of the Mandingue whose music has inspired us to share the joy and passion with community.

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Monette Marino Workshop – July 16, 2017, 1-5 pm



Come join us for a day of drumming fun, learning and community at the DrumRise music studio in Decatur.  The program will be suitable to all levels of experience, focusing on a traditional rhythm(s), solo techniques and songs. We will begin promptly at 1:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. It will be a casual event – bring your water bottle and a favorite drumming chair if you like. Please register early as space is limited and we expect to fill up quickly. Total cost is $100.  If you don’t have a drum, we have a limited number available at no charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

ABOUT MONETTE

Monette Marino is a world percussionist. She has studied with local and international Masters in Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, Korean and West African drumming.

Monette began apprenticing with Master Drummer Mamady Keita from Guinea, West Africa in 1996 and was certified as a teacher in 1999. In 1999, she opened the second Tam Tam Mandiquue school in the nation in San Diego. She has since earned the TTM Diploma of Proficiency – one of only eight instructors in the world to earn the distinction. She also served as Vice President of Tam Tam Mandingue International from 2009-2012.

As a professional musician for almost two decades, Monette has performed and recorded with many artists including Mamady Keita and his world-renowned group Sewa Kan. She has also performed with numerous bands/musicians, appeared on television shows including American Idol, and in 2010 formed her own band and wrote, produced, and recorded her first CD, Coup d Éclat.

Monette’s school has now broadened its scope to include Steel Drum, Afro-Cuban & Afro-Brazilian drumming, in addition to the traditional West African drumming. She has created an iPhone App “Mo’Rhythm Africa – Play Along Djembe/Dunun App” now available on iTunes for iPhone/iPad/Apple TV. Visit Monette’s website for more information on her and the MO’RHYTHM School of Percussion.

For more information and registration, visit www.drumrise.net

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Drum Day Atlanta – Summer Picnic – 2016

Come join us for a day of drumming fun, learning and community at the DrumRise music studio in Decatur.  The program will be suitable to all levels of experience, focusing on a traditional rhythm(s), solo techniques and songs. We will begin promptly at 10 am and break for a picnic lunch around noon. It will be a casual event – bring your water bottle and a favorite drumming chair if you like. Please register early as space is limited and we expect to fill up quickly. Total cost is $125 and includes lunch. If you don’t have a drum, we have a limited number available at no charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

ABOUT MONETTE

Monette Marino is a world percussionist. She has studied with local and international Masters in Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, Korean and West African drumming.

Monette began apprenticing with Master Drummer Mamady Keita from Guinea, West Africa in 1996 and was certified as a teacher in 1999. In 1999, she opened the second Tam Tam Mandiquue school in the nation in San Diego. She has since earned the TTM Diploma of Proficiency – one of only eight instructors in the world to earn the distinction. She also served as Vice President of Tam Tam Mandingue International from 2009-2012.

Click here to register...As a professional musician for almost two decades, Monette has performed and recorded with many artists including Mamady Keita and his world-renowned group Sewa Kan. She has also performed with numerous bands/musicians, appeared on television shows including American Idol, and in 2010 formed her own band and wrote, produced, and recorded her first CD, Coup d Éclat.

Monette’s school has now broadened its scope to include Steel Drum, Afro-Cuban & Afro-Brazilian drumming, in addition to the traditional West African drumming. She has created an iPhone App “Mo’Rhythm Africa – Play Along Djembe/Dunun App” now available on iTunes for iPhone/iPad/Apple TV. Visit Monette’s website for more information on her and the MO’RHYTHM School of Percussion.

 

Drum Day Atlanta Spring Picnic

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Amy invites you to spend the day with 3 of her favorite instructors – eat, drum and be happy!

Join us for a day of fun, food and drumming.  We’ll have three great ninety minute, all-level drum classes (loaner drums are available if you don’t have your own – please let us know you need one in advance). Lunch will be provided. It’s happening at the DrumRise Studio in Decatur. More details below, but first meet our special guests…

Aly Camara

Aly Camara was born in Guinea, West Africa. Guinea is known for their energetic, polyrhythmic traditional drum and dance, and has maintained
much of their indigenous cultural traditions.

Aly plays a number of percussion instruments. He is most outstanding on the djembe, dununs krin (a wooden log drum), the gongoma, and several other little known percussion instruments that are indigenous to Guinea. Aly has a beautiful voice and sings traditional rhythms from a variety of West African ethnic groups.

Chuck Cogliandro

Chuck has been a project engineer for General Motors, a chauffeur to the stars, a wanderer and reader, and an in-house analyst for a mystery
shopping company.  He is currently a musician, a healer, a son, a brother to two sisters, a husband to Kelly, a friend to many, and a lover of life.

He has traveled to Guinea with his friend and teacher Mohamed DaCosta, and has studied West African music with many great artists and teachers, including Brother Yusef Crowder, Stone Montgomery, Mohamed Diaby, Aly Camara and Robin Bountourabi Leftwich.  He has been trained in various ways of healing by Barbara Brennan, Peter and Jamy Faust, and Kimberly Cahill.  Chuck loves to be a part of groups that are attuned in rhythm and movement in order to remember that the source for all of us is with the Divine.

Robin “Bountourabi” Leftwich

The totally remarkable Robin“Bountourabi”of Happy Beat  Drumming in North Carolina is an experience not to be missed!

Caution: Side effects may include a feeling of euphoria, an enhanced sense of rhythm,
improved health, a new vision of the world, heightened self esteem, fits of laughter, a new rash of friends, an itch to come back and extreme
HAPPINESS. If the symptoms last for more than four hours, seek the assistance of friends to laugh it off and then repeat the dosage… Use
more often than needed and share liberally with your friends.

 

picnic_djem Why Drum Day?

 

The Drum Day Picnic is a serendipity sort of event. I had shoulder surgery last year (years of lugging drums all over the world!). This meant discontinuing my regular classes for several months. I missed my students.

 During that time Robin, Chuck and Aly all offered their help since I was unable to do my drum classes.

And I thought about these wonderful teachers and how each of them has unique gifts to offer their students.

Voila!!! Share these fantastic people with each other as a way of saying thanks. I know you will enjoy yourself.

Thank you all -

Amy


Details

Location for the picnic is The DrumRise Studio (adjoining Amy’s home).

The first class begins at 10 am. Come early for coffee.

Cost is $85, all-inclusive. Fee must be paid in advance.  Register  early – space is limited!

 

 


 

Contact Amy at DrumRise
404-784-2462
amy@drumrise.net
www.drumrise.net
 
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Inspiration

Amy Jackson performing with Ten Blocks Away circa 2007Have you ever been so inspired and so moved by someone or something that you just had to share it with others?
This is how and why The Southeast Women’s Rhythm Retreat came to be.

Back in the summer of 2007, I had the most wonderful opportunity to join my friend Rebekah Carder on a magical weekend journey to the Catskill Mountains of NY and attend the 10th Happen’n Womyn’s World Drum and Percussion Retreat. The producers of the Happen’n, Ubaka Hill, Fre Atlast, Leaf Miller , all the women who taught the various percussion classes in Taiko, Shakere, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, native American, and African , just to name a few, and all the participants inspired and energized me so deeply that I knew that the Southeast needed to have something like this too! So why was I inspired and why was I so moved by the retreat and what was it that I wanted the women of the south to experience too? Women from all over the world, of different cultures, different lifestyles, were connecting and sharing of each others lives; their talents, their spirits, their passions, their struggles, their inspirations, their voice, their dance, their ups, their downs, and all done in a peaceful, loving, nonjudgmental environment.  There was such a feeling of peace and serenity, camaraderie, a feeling of being safe to be yourself and to be as creative as you wanted to be, to reflect, and to rediscover self. I truly believed that with help from my biz partner Colleen Caffrey we could make it a reality in Georgia! After leaving NY, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Visions of sugarplums danced in my head and I was pumped!

Ann VanSlyke of Mingei Arts was the first person I encountered on my return back to Atlanta at a swim meet our children were participating in. Ann had an amazing open ear and listened with enthusiasm and excitement about my experience in the mountains and the vision I had to bring an event similar to the one in NY to Atlanta. I need and want so much to thank Ann for her attentiveness, availability, ideas, inspiration, and beautiful energy. That in –the- moment time spent with her gave me more vision, strength, and courage to move forward than she will ever know.My next move was to share this dream with my dearest friend, my angel in this life, and biz partner Colleen Caffrey. At that time we were Rhythm Synergy and soon to be DrumRise. We were brand new at our business and had so many other things that were priority at the time. And even though it wasn’t something to bring to Atlanta right then, somehow, there was this feeling, unspoken word, that we knew we could and would bring a rhythm retreat to the south. A future vision was put into motion full knowing full well that it would eventually come to fruition in the near but distant future. It was just a matter of time.
Photos from The Happen’n 2007
And so it is. NOW. 2013… With the help of our buds in North Carolina, co-producers of the Southeast Women’s Rhythm Retreat, Robin “Bounto” Leftwich, Rachel Juren, and Beth Woodruff of Happy Beat, and not to mention big help from the women of ConunDrums, the dream IS Happening along with the most fabulous rhythm makers in the Southeast! DrumRise and Happy Beat are bringing to Bo Clark’s Hawk’s Above in Cloudland, Ga a rhythm retreat that is going to knock your socks off!! What a line upof beautiful people! What a gorgeous schedule we have planned that you can design yourself whether it be relaxing, drumming, singing, hiking, shaking, dancing, reflecting, journaling, swimming!We’re so excited! And we just can’t hide it! We’re about to loose control and we KNOW we LOVE it!!!Come Ride the Rhythm Wave with us, September 27-29th! Register for the Southeast Women’s Rhythm Retreat

Love….

Amy J. of DrumRise

The Yoga of Rhythm – post by founder, Reinhard Flatischler

Reinhard Flatischler photoRhythm is one of the most ancient and efficient ways to influence and develop human consciousness. In our globally networked and technologically focused world, human beings often lose touch with their own internal rhythms, making them feel displaced and de-synchronized. TaKeTiNa allows them to reconnect with the healing powers of rhythm and primordial motion.

Social, mental, creative, spiritual and of course musical faculties are reawakened and developed with the practice of TaKeTiNa. These qualities are essential to the peaceful cohabitation of human beings on this earth, yet few societies or school systems invest the time and dedication needed to promote them in an authentic fashion.

Rhythm is our earliest companion, our first guide to life. As we grow within the womb, in a state of unity with our surroundings, the heartbeat of “pulse” and “pause” prepares us for the duality, the polarity of the world we are going to be born into. Rhythm can be understood as “polarity in motion” and this is precisely why it is so effective in dissolving opposites and resolving the kind of dichotomic thinking that our polarized worldview draws us into. Rhythm and motion give us access to a third state of being, beyond the habitual patterns of “mine – yours”, “sad – happy”, “internal – external”, “tense – relaxed”.

Using rhythmical exercises, TaKeTiNa teaches you to step out of these mutually exclusive states of being. Simultaneity replaces the familiar “either – or”. Someone who is capable of being angry at another person, and at the same time finding quiet compassion within, is on the way to emotional stability and profound inner peace.

Flyer for the TaKeTiNa workshop: The Yoga of Rhythm, in Decatur, Ga Oct 18-20, 2013In the practice of TaKeTiNa, you learn to consciously let one hand be passive while you actively move the other. You develop the capability to recognize order within chaos, and to identify the chaotic element inherent in order. You can be simultaneously tensed for activity and deeply relaxed. Your awareness is tuned to both yourself and another person. Through this process, you experience deep inner calm within the superposition of polar opposites: movement and stillness at once.

In the course of the TaKeTiNa process, different rhythms are built up concomitantly: your steps and claps are based on different rhythms, and your voice adds an additional layer. Everyone who goes through this process repeatedly, sooner or later will find themselves in a state of being in which the more they add, the clearer and emptier the rhythm space becomes – what a wonderful paradox! Those who regularly practice TaKeTiNa become adept at stepping out of the imaginary polarity that holds our life in its grip so very fiercely: the past and future. The experience of timelessness is the door to where our life is really taking shape: in the here and now, the eternal present. In this timeless state, everything that makes up your life is open to being restructured, which is why the confidence and ability to step into this state is so essential for both personal development and the growth of human consciousness.

TaKeTiNa does not simply promote creativity and musicality; rather, creative-musical learning is closely tied to the growth of human qualities. Two basic abilities in particular are of importance both within music and in daily life: flexibility and connection. As these become an integral part of your being, you will find that rhythm will guide you to inner quiet, centeredness and aliveness. The intuitive experience of seasoned TaKeTiNa practitioners is increasingly being validated by recent results in the field of rhythm research: TaKeTiNa does not only stimulate “inner values”, it also predictably and repeatedly creates ideal circumstances for the regeneration of the human nervous system.

Insofar TaKeTiNa is similar to yoga, as it becomes a pathway to integrate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development. This is why many practitioners of TaKeTiNa refer to it as “the yoga of rhythm”. The term yoga (Sanskrit, m., , yoga, from yuga “yoke”, yuj for: to yoke or bind together, to harness) can be used to mean “to unite” or “to integrate”, or it can describe the act of “harnessing” or “yoking” the body and soul together in a sense of merging into a state of collectedness and awareness.

As the founder of TaKeTiNa, this definition touches me deeply and I cordially invite you to join a workshop and have your own experience of dissolving polarity. May TaKeTiNa guide you, too, in the journey to your rhythmical homeland, to the primal force that permeates all living beings. TaKeTiNa allows you to reconnect with your earliest self, and to bring rhythm back into your life with full awareness. For none of us can ever really forget the womb rhythm that accompanied us into the world, nine months long, during our becoming.

With heartfelt greetings,

Reinhard Flatischler

Banner for the TaKeTINa workshop, The Yoga of Rhythm in Decatur, Ga Oct 18-20, 2013

 

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