African Rhythm Intensive

with Ult Mundane

Saturday, July 13, 2-7pm - 71 Federal St, downtown Greenfield
for intermediate/advanced drummers



      Over the course of the afternoon, we will dive deep into a traditional rhythm from Guinea, West Africa. We will learn to play all the parts of the melody made by three dunduns (two-headed drums played with sticks). We'll also learn traditional variations for the dundun parts, and a series of djembe solo phrases associated with the rhythm. Dunduns will be provided; please bring your own djembe if you're interested in learning solo phrases. Time permitting, we will also develop a composition, including an intro and an echauffement.

     This workshop is ideally suited for those who have some experience playing traditional rhythms. Beginners are welcome and will also benefit, but would not be expected to master all the parts in a single day.

           Ult Mundane has been studying traditional West African drumming for over fifteen years. Ult has learned from world-renowned teachers such as Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita, and since 2010 he has studied with Namory Keita, a master drummer from Guinea who now lives in Maine.