The third in a series of 4 brand new series of 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 2 with Christian Weaver
Part two of this series on carnival music introduces a newer tradition in Cuba, the Mozambique, invented by percussionist Pello el Afrokan in the late nineteen fifties. Pello’s new style swept through the island when it was first introduced with many new Mozambique comparsas springing up. The style also spread to Paris where it was a huge success and later to New York where it was adapted and fused with elements of salsa. Like the other, older styles of carnival music the Mozambique involves a large array of percussion instruments and a number of principal improvising parts. All of these will be covered in the workshop as well as some songs. The music can be slow and funky or fast and furious but always infectiously joyous; guaranteed to raise your spirits and make you want to move.