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|Village Drum Circles - Introduction|
Village drum circle in action
- everyone can join in the fun!
What are village drum circles? We'll let the man who originated them tell you.
A tool for unity
The Community Drum Circle, in the context of how we are using it within our non-professional hand drumming culture, is the most basic and simple use of the drum and rhythm. It is the use of a rhythm-based event as a tool for unity. A community drum circle is a noisy and fun, family-friendly event, where people come together in order share their spirit by entraining rhythmically as a percussion ensemble. They empower each other in the art of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. Everyone who comes and participates has something to offer the circle, and anyone is welcome.
Co-operation and collaboration
People of all levels of musical expertise come
together in a community drum circle and share their rhythmical spirit,
with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. They don’t
have to be a drummer to participate. They don’t even have to have
a drum. They can play a plastic water bottle turned upside down with
the neck cut off. They can shake a soda can with rocks in it or hit
two sticks together. It is enough that they are in the circle and participating.
The quality of the music produced in an event like this is not based on the rhythmical expertise of the players, but on the quality of their relationship with the other people in the circle. The result is those magical musical moments where one powerful voice is created out of the many. In those moments, the players stop worrying about keeping time because time, as they know it, has stopped. In its place is a living breathing entity, expressing timeless joy, passion and release through the power of rhythm.
That is the beauty of a community drum circle.
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