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Try your hand at Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming

01:04PM / Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Try your hand at Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming with Gaia Roots co-founder and educator Aimee Gelinas. Ongoing classes are Tuesdays from 7-8pm at the Lichenstein Center in Pittsfield and will continue weekly. Participants will learn hand and instrument technique, traditional drum and percussion rhythms and breaks, accompanying songs and challenging drum patterns and exercises. Traditional instruments such as the Conga, Djembe, Djun Djun, Clave, Bell and Shekere provided and included for use in the class price of $10 per class. 

All levels welcome. Class is geared for adults and mature teens. Registration requested-please email aimee@gaiaroots.com. Aimee Gelinas is a dynamic, inclusive and inspiring teacher that will help you access your own rhythmic voice. She has been instructing drumming and performing for over 15 years, has studied with masters in Cuba (Havanah and Matanzas), West Africa (Senegal and Gambia) and the U.S.  Aimee is co-founder of Gaia Roots, an all women drum, dance and vocal performance ensemble located in Western MA.

She also teaches drum classes for youth at Berkshire Pulse in Great Barrington, MA on Tuesday afternoons beginning January 27th-go to www.berkshirepulse.org for more info. For more information about her drum classes & drum curriculum go to www.tamarackhollow.com & for more information on her ensemble go to www.gaiaroots.com.
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