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Total Rhythm™ Workshops

All Workshops take place at the Total Rhythm Studio unless otherwise noted


These workshops give the drumming community an opportunity to try new styles and instructors they might not have been exposed to before. They are lots of fun and a great way to meet new people too!
-Shannon Hastings

SAMBA REGGAE WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019
11am – 1pm

Learn the fundamentals of Bahia, Brazil’s most celebrated rhythm—Samba Reggae, a mix of beautiful Brazilian Samba rhythms with the swing of Jamaican Reggae—with ABEL DAMESCENO, from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil! All drums provided, or bring your own (surdo, conga, timbau, repinique, djembe). All levels welcome!

Location
Total Rhythm Studio
1705 Webster Street
Alameda, CA 94501

Abel Damasceno:

A native of Salvador, Bahia, Abel Damasceno is a professional Brazilian Multi-instrumentalist. Abel is the Batala San Francisco founder, and has played with The Rolling Stones, Amanda Santiago, Carla Visi, Mariene de Castro, Margareth Menezes, Carlinhos Brown, and Tonho Materia.

Payment: $30 advanced / $35 day of

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check


BALAFON WORKSHOP

with Adama Bilorou

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019
10am – 11:30am

Learn BALAFON (similar to marimba) technique fundamentals as well as exciting rhythms from West Africa with ADAMA BILOROU, a world class musician from Burkina Faso who has performed internationally with Carlos Santana, Salif Keita and Alpha Blondy!

ALL BALAFONS provided (or bring your own)! All levels welcome.

Workshop limited to 12 students. Please enroll NOW to ensure your spot!

Location
Total Rhythm Studio
1705 Webster Street
Alameda, CA 94501

Payment: $25 advanced / $30 day of

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check


CUBA-BRAZIL RETREAT

A One-Day RHYTHM RETREAT featuring the Beats of Cuba and Brazil!


SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019
10am – 4pm

Join All-Star Percussionists Patricio Angulo (Fito Reinoso, Rhythm Cafe), and Bobby Wallace (Margareth Menezes, Airto Moreira, Rhythm Cafe)

Retreat into the sizzling music of Cuba and Brazil!

This one-time-only Day of the Drum is an experiment in rhythm: Inspired by the traditional & modern beats of Cuba and Brazil, Patricio and Bobby have created a new percussion suite for hand & stick drummers: Congas, Rebolos, Chekeres, Agogo, Cowbell, Caxixi & Snare combine in this powerful groove!

*Open to all levels of drummers. All drums provided or bring your own.*

Location
In the Oakland Hills (exact address provided upon registration)

ONE-DAY RETREAT PROGRAM:

  • 10am: Gather to stretch & Hear Overview of Piece
  • 10:30 – 12:30pm: Morning Drum Session with Patricio and Bobby. Review all rhythms.
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch Break. Delicious and nutritious hot lunch provided!
  • 2:00 – 4:00pm: Afternoon Drum Session. Put together entire piece, all rhythms, intro, ending, breaks!
  • 4:30: GOODBYE!

Payment: $75

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check


MOZAMBIQUE DRUM WORKSHOP

with Robert Wallace


SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019
11am – 1pm

Join percussionist ROBERT “BOBBY” WALLACE for an exciting, hands-on exploration of the sizzling MOZAMBIQUE rhythm from Cuba.

Created by visionary drummer Pello El Afrokan in Havana in the 1960’s, the “Mozambique” rhythm fuses traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms including Abakua, Congo, Carabali and Rumba into something completely new and vibrant. This is party/dance music of the highest order!

This workshop is open to all levels of drummers and will include Congas, Chekere, Bombo (Bass Drum), Cowbell, Agogo and Maracas.

Location
Total Rhythm Studio
1705 Webster Street
Alameda, CA 94501

Payment: $30 advance / $35 day of

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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