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Special Offering:

Upcoming 4 week class to prepare to perform in the Day of the Dead Procession November 1, 2012 in North Oakland

Class dates:

Thursday nights, 6:30- 8:30

  • Sept 27
  • Oct 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1

Location: Dover Street studios, in North Oakland
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Culminating class is playing for Day of the Dead Procession on November 1, 2012.

Focus of these classes is Brazilian material for drumming and singing and processioning through the streets. Instruments will include djembe, surdo, shakers, bells, snare drum.

Cost for 4 classes is $100, which includes playing in in November 1st Procession. Drop ins are welcome, except it is required to attend October 18 and October 25 class if you want to be in November 1 procession. Drop ins are $25.

Class then Continuing Nov 29, December 6, and December 13, 2012.

$25 drop in, or $75 for 3 class series
Focus of these 3 classes will be world music ensemble pieces incorporating singing, body music, xylophones and drums
Arrangements of classic material by artists like Harry Belafonte, Nana Vasconcellos, Ayub Ogada, and Bolocada Conde

If interested, or with questions,call Yari at (415) 250-4266, and let me know you plan on coming. Drop-ins are welcome, but try to give some advance notice if possible.


“Learning to play the djembe has been one of the highlights of my year. Having no musical training or talent, I never imagined how much fun drumming could be, or how quickly I could make progress.” - Terry C, Oakland, CA
In Heart of Rhythm drumming classes, you will learn the basics of playing the djembe in a fun, supportive and spirited rhythm community. Through learning the foundational techniques of djembe drumming in an ensemble setting, you will develop confidence and the skills needed to drum successfully with others in various settings.

In the intermediate class, we learn more complex rhythms and ensemble pieces. In addition, instruction is provided in playing dunduns (West African bass drums) .

The intermediate class will develop a performance worthy piece incorporating multiple djembe parts, singing, dunduns, and other percussion, with a goal of performing a musically satisfying piece at the end of the class series. 

"We have come to be danced…the rub the rhythm raw against our soul dance.”- Jewel Mathieson