The first in a brand new series of 4 whole-day percussion workshops for intermediate to advanced players looking at some of the most important and exciting aspects of Cuban folkloric music. Each workshop is suitable for a group of mixed abilities ranging from players who may have recently started in group percussion, not necessarily Cuban styles, to those who have been playing Cuban music for some time but now wish to deepen and extend that knowledge. Basic parts for all instruments will be taught for each style of music covered in the series. More advanced drummers will also have the opportunity to learn lead-drum and improvising parts for each style and to develop their knowledge of what makes the music swing and move. Songs will also be taught for each style alongside explanations of the relationship between each instrument and the songs. The aim of each session is to build a group that by the end of the day can make the music come alive and leave you feeling inspired to do more
Venue: Picturehouse at Band on the Wall.
Dates: April 16th, May 14th, June 18th and July 16th 2011.
Today: Cajon pa’ los Muertos (tutor Gerardo De Armas)
This first workshop in the series focuses on the music of the Cuban ceremony known as the Cajón Pa Los Muertos, Cajón Espiritual or Cajón pa’ Egun which honour the ancestor spirits of the dominant Congo culture of Cuba. The Cajón ceremony developed in poor areas of Cuba where musical instruments, even drums were unavailable. It is one of the most popular religious ceremonies in Cuba today. The music involves songs accompanied by cajones (box drums), guataca (cow bell) and occasionally other drums. Gerardo will teach the technique for the instruments and a variety of songs and rhythms from the Havana traditions that he has been involved in since childhood. This is a rare opportunity to gain first hand insights into one of Cuba’s most popular and dynamic ritual musics with an experienced musician who has intimate knowledge of the tradition.
Global Grooves courses and masterclasses are presented in partnership with Band on the Wall and BANGDRUM WORKSHOPS. This course is presented in association with LA TIMBALA.