How to Play in an Ensemble
You will practice everything that you need to perform in an ensemble. There are two major styles of djembe music from West Africa. One is traditional, played in the villages and a vital part of everyday life in birthday, harvest and marriage ceremonies, for examples, festivals, parties and in the streets. The second style is for performances and called “ballet-style”, so named for the ballet companies it accompanied where it originated. The ballet-style is generally faster and features quick changes in compositions and choreography. The dunun are played differently as well.
In the Performance Ensemble Training we begin with the ballet-style arrangements and unison calls and breaks. You will rehearse rhythm arrangements with the goal of performing them. Playing them in ensemble with speed at full power is exhilarating and a lofty goal to target.
In the “Stage Play” portion of this course, you learn how to position yourself on stage; strategy and techniques of how to move with your drum and various ‘tricks of the trade’ to enhance your live performance experience.
We address how to engage the audience and, ultimately, get them on their feet whooping it up.
In Class, One Can Expect To Learn How To:
- Enter and exit rhythms
- Perform dynamic singular and group solos
- Execute breaks/audibles
- Play for a dancer
- Memorize all instrumentation
- Recreate ensembles
15-21st 12-Hour Ballet-Style
Group Djembe Lessons
Mon – Wed – Fri 1pm-3pm
Tues – Thur 4pm-6pm
Private Djembe Lessons
If you are unable to attend our classes but would still like to study with us, we can customize a personal Drumming Intensive course just for you.
Our 1-3 day drumming intensives provide considerable and invaluable instruction and historical and cultural insight. These intensive courses are also available in one-on-one private lesson formats. Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced drummer, this is a timely opportunity to immerse yourself in drumming. Learn More »