The Road to Rio will take you on a journey in to the heart of the carnaval parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each year the country comes alive with preparations for the biggest party on Earth, and all of the cities fill with the sound of drums. In this hands on workshop percussionist Rob Arcari will immerse you in the world of Rio’s Samba Schools, and introduce you to the rhythms that make carnaval swing!
Nepalese born Dheeraj is recognised is the foremost Tabla player in Australia. The Tabla is the quintessential percussion instrument of the Indian subcontinent and one of the most complicated drums to play. Nepalese percussion instrument the Madal is the backbone of Nepalese folk music and often played while hiking in the mountains of the Himalayas! Dheeraj will demonstrate Nepalese-Indian rhythms and hip-hop vocal percussion. He will also introduce the fastest percussion instrument in the world – the Tabla!
Toko-Ton’s program includes a Taiko drumming performance of classic and original music followed by an interactive workshop. They will showcase different sizes and styles of drums as well as other instruments like Japanese flutes and cymbals and use Japanese language adjusted to student level for greeting and keeping time.
Philippe Lincy was born in Guadeloupe and grew up in Guinea and Senegal before moving to Paris and finally Australia. This drumming workshop centres around the Djembe and Dunun from West Africa. Students will learn about different cultural styles of drumming and other instruments like the shekere. This program can be taught in English and French.
The Cajon originated in Africa, then travelled to South America, Asia and Europe – it’s a truly global instrument! Tawanda is an expert Cajon maker and percussionist and presents this drumming workshop where students will try different styles of Cajon playing and hear how migration and being open to change can lead to innovation and new shared meaning.
Drumming and rhythm are an integral part of Middle Eastern Cultures and the foundation of Belly Dance. In this program students will experience vibrant and unique Middle Eastern rhythms and learn about their origin and influences. Atman will present several types of drums and instruments and students will try playing themselves.
Ayako and Ayako present traditional and original Japanese music in this program combining an amazing performance and interactive workshop. Students are introduced to an array of Japanese instruments before the room shakes with the sound of the Taiko drums!
The Multicultural All Day Program allows a choice of five programs. You can choose to explore one culture, language or topic in depth or travel the world with a program from each continent! Students split into two groups and rotate between 25 minute sessions then come together to finish and celebrate the day together in a 50 minute session.
The musical cultures of West Africa are explored through rhythms and songs from Ghana, Guinea and Senegal. Students will be introduced to a range of instruments such as the djembe, dun dun drums, shekere, talking drum, balafon and more! This program is interactive and students will be playing the drums and other percussion instruments.
The earliest known drums in China date back to four thousand years ago! Drums are still an important part of public celebration and students will love the rhythm and colour of the performance. In this interactive drumming workshop students will learn about Chinese music by playing it!