Feel the power of rhythm

Rhythm and drum enthusiasts have an exciting and rare opportunity next month to participate in a unique workshop, facilitated by Ubaka Hill.

VISIONARY COMPOSER Ubaka Hill visits the Comox Valley next month to hold two workshops.

Rhythm and drum enthusiasts have an exciting and rare opportunity next month to participate in a unique workshop, facilitated by Ubaka Hill.

Coming all the way from New York via Vancouver to share her time and energy with us, Hill will conduct the workshop Sept. 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Fallen Alders Hall on Royston Road.

Hill is a visionary: she is a performer, composer, songwriter, recording artist, motivational speaker, conference weaver, and teacher of hand drumming workshops whose soul-vision and intention is to facilitate and inspire personal transformation, empowerment, healing and joy with music that moves you.

This workshop will be of interest not only to seasoned drummers but to anyone interested and fascinated by the power of rhythm to move us and the ways in which sound can transform and heal.

Ubaka’s three-hour workshop will be divided into two parts.

The first section, Drumsong: The Art and Spirit of Drumming, is a fun and empowering exploration of the art and spirit of drumming that fosters individual ability and authentic self-expression, offering a pathway to connect with the power of one’s own, personal inner rhythm.

Participants will learn complete drum songs rooted in various cultural and contemporary rhythmic styles and patterns and there will be a  focus on developing and improving playing techniques and rhythmic ability for community drumming circles.

This is an exploration of the foundations of the universal language of drumming, rhythm and pulse, time and tone — participants will experience the spirit of drumming and the unifying, energizing, and revitalizing effects of individual and group/ensemble playing, improvising, and singing.

The second section, Drumming: Beyond the Edge,  is an experiential journey that explores the impact and relationship of sound frequencies on our energetic states of well-being and growth.

Ways to integrate the drum, rattles, and other sounding forms for transformative healing will be explored, and methods to raise, hold and direct sound frequencies to revitalize and inspire health and balance of one’s whole being will be learned.

For more information about Hill, visit www.ubakahilldrumsong.com/ubaka_hill_bio.html.

Pre-registration for these workshops is absolutely necessary, and spaces will likely fill quickly. For details and and to hold your space, contact Monica at drumdeva@gmail.com or 250-338-1444.

Following the workshop(s) there will also be an opportunity to share in a light potluck dinner in Ubaka’s company (please bring a vegetarian dish if you are participating).

— Monica Hofer

 

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