The second in a 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: The Music of Carnival in Cuba part 1 with Christian Weaver
Carnival in Cuba stretches back over centuries, during which time it has taken in influences from all the main African and European cultural groups as well as from elsewhere in theCaribbean. The music is fast, laud and fiercely competitive as each group or comparsa competes for the title of best comparsa of the year. Part one of this two part series looks at the two main styles of music from each end of the island, Conga Habanera and Conga Santiaguera. Both styles involve multiple tumbadoras (congas), bells, shekeres and bombos (bass drums) and call and response singing. Each section of the comparsa involves an important improvising instrument such as the contra conga, the quinto and the bombo que quinta, which will be taught to more advanced players. This is high energy music that will inspire and motivate, it is an ideal opportunity to develop technique, stamina, knowledge of basic parts, independence and improvisational skills.