DRUM COURSES FOR BEGINNERS

We enter the fascinating  world of West African rhythms with playful exercices. We focus on the tradition of Malinke with it‘s polyphonic structure (solo and accompaniment). With this traditional instruments (Djembe, Doundoun) we learn technique, accompamiments, solos and improvisation according to the different levels of the students. We will also create our own arrangements and have a look at some more instruments such as balafon, rattles, bells etc.. Afterall, the fun of playing music together will be our primary focus!

Duration: 
7. Jan. – 4. Feb. 2020

Time:
18.00 – 19.30 H
Every Tuesday

Level:
Beginners

Costs:
 5 Lecons 90 min.
120.- Earners 
100.- Students
Please pay the course fee in cash on the first day of the course.

ADVENCED DRUM COURSES

We immerse ourselves in the world of West African rhythms and deal with fourth- and the challenging twelve-eight-beats. The basic technique is required but we go into details and learn new variations. Bass drums with it‘s variations, solos and improvisations  in the West African style will be further topics.

Duration: 
7. Jan. – 4. Feb. 2020

Time:
19.30 – 21.00 H

Level:
Advanced

Costs:
 5 Lecons 90 min.
120.- earners
100.- Students
Please pay the course fee in cash on the first day of the course.

MORE INFORMATION

Adults: 
Classes in traditional African percussion, rhythms, songs and background. Classes in improvisation, composition and notation. Group-classes for all levels, workshops for single days, weekends or weeks. 
Continuous classes and lessons (Switzerland only) Animation, lectures and demonstrations. 

Children: 
Group-classes for children and youngsters of all age. Classes in schools, social institutions, homes, youth-clubs etc. 
SAP 3 years professional fulltime or parttime education in African percussion (Zürich). 

Concerts: 
Concerts and performances in various formations. Afro, Jazz. Pop etc. in venues of all sizes, churches, openair- & indoor-festivals. 
accompaniment of dance and dance-classes, school concerts.

Instruments: 
For workshops up to 40 participants in Europe are available:
Djembes, congas, doundouns, balafons, gongs from Java & China, smallpercussion. 

Negotiation and sale of all instruments, rental, repair & maintenance. 
Negotiation of travels and workshops in Westafrica.

 

Education
School of jazz Zürich (Vibes)
Scola Cantorum Basel
Masterdrummer Kofi Missiso (Ghana)
Famoudou Konate (Guinee) 
Adama Bamba (Cote d’Ivoire)

Course instructor
World music festival Uhuru, Weissenstein 
Youth cultural centre Dynamo, Zürich
Afro Pfingsten, Winterthur
Summer course week castle Breuberg, Odenwald

Courses at schools and project weeks
Courses with dance and theatre

Lessons at the music schools Will, Steckborn and Weinfelden

MARKUS MAGGIORI

The hectic, modern time of nower days has established a consistent position for the archaic power of the drums. Human being experiences rest, release and the feeling of community within.
Especially African music, for its diversity and „joy of life“- flavour always keeps fascinating new.

Markus Maggiori

During my expanded travels through Westafrica, it was especially the music of the Malinke I became acquainted with. Through Famoudou Konate, himself leader of the „ballet africain“ since more than 20 years, i became familiar with the traditions and the unoverse of rhythm of the Malinke.

Rhythm is a special experience for everybody, professional or layman and it is my pleasure to mediate this experience to all people.