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World Rhythms Workshop: Got Rhythm? Get the Beats of Africa, Bali, and India

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World Rhythms Workshop: Got Rhythm? Get the Beats of Africa, Bali, and India

Time: June 19, 2024 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: Cloverdale Arts Alliance
Street: 204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard
City/Town: Cloverdale, CA 95425
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Event Type: world, rhythm, workshop
Organized By: Matthew Montfort
Latest Activity: May 25

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World Rhythms Workshop

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Got Rhythm? Get the Beats of Africa, Bali, and India

Free 60 Minute In-Person Workshop
Juneteenth, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 7 to 8 PM
Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale, CA 95425
Sign up: Press Release. Facebook Event.

This free introductory workshop is presented in an easy to follow, entertaining yet educational format for all music lovers. African polyrhythms, Balinese kotèkan and Indian classical music were chosen as the source material for the training because these three traditions in combination cover the major types of rhythmic organization used in most of the world's music.

Not just for percussionists, this workshop can help any musician, singer, dancer, or music lover improve their rhythmic skills. No musical background is required. Very simple to play percussion instruments will be provided, and participants are free to bring an instrument.

The first of a series of 90 minute workshops, each focusing on a single musical tradition, will be announced after the free workshop.

Rhythm Training Materials

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities

Ancient Traditions--Future Possibilities Book

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India by Matthew Montfort. Book/Enhanced Audio CD Set with MIDI Soundfiles: $52.95 (SALE! Normally $69.95): Buy Link.

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions--Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate." – Richard Kadrey, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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