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Rhythm for Your Soul with Tammi Hessen
September 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm$20 – $25
10:30am – 11:45am
Rhythm. It begins when we are in the womb with Mother’s heartbeat, and our bodies are always informed by rhythm. We are connected to one another through rhythm. As Layne Redmond, author of When the Drummers Were Women wrote, “Rhythm is a means of organizing sound into specific energy formulas to harmonize the mind and body. Chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming form an ancient technology for directly synchronizing the mind/body complex, creating conditions for psychological and physical healing.”
So, let’s drum together!
Tammi will lead us through some of the ancient traditional rhythms of West Africa and inspire you to express the rhythms in your own soul. The drums we mostly play are called Djembe, and they are known as drums of fire. You can also try more earthy drums played with sticks, called dunduns. Learn your way around the drum sounds and how to make them. Express your own rhythms, play traditional – and non-traditional rhythms and songs, and walk out smiling!
Class will be held at Radiance, 13 W Grant St in downtown Lancaster. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To register, call Radiance at 717-290-1517, or stop in. All equipment provided…but if you have a drum, bring it.
Tammi Hessen is a Lancaster-based drummer who has been studying in the West African hand drum tradition of djembe for many years. She has traveled to Africa to study drumming, and has worked with Ubaka Hill as her teaching assistant at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival. Tammi began teaching Bumbada! Women Drumming classes in Baltimore Maryland in 2003. She also has a performance group that plays for various events locally. Tammi’s musical background includes playing with a steel drum band from Trinidad (called Tropical Ensemble) for several years in Baltimore.