No experience required! Come learn about African drumming and its history and build your own instrument with guidance from an experienced woodcarver and drum builder. Then join other participants in exploring rhythms and creating music in community.
The type of drum that will be made is called an Igba. This cylindrical hand drum is traditionally a piece of hollow wood covered at one end with animal hide held down tight with fasteners. Such drums come from south of the Sahara. The artist produces the sound by beating on the animal hide with their fingers or a combination of one set of fingers and a special stick.
Program Cost: $405 (tuition, drum making supplies, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $325 (without overnight)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Born and raised in Weymouth Falls, Pat Jarvis is a self-taught woodcarver and musician, and owner of Ancient Hermit Drums. He was introduced to the African djembe drum in 2004 and instantly fell in love with its rhythms, but due to financial reasons he wasn’t able to purchase a drum at the time. So instead, Patrick decided he’d make one, drawing on his background in forestry, carpentry, lumber processing and construction. He opened Ancient Hermit Drums In 2006, and has both studied and instructed basic African drumming techniques. He also creates instruments using recycled and repurposed materials. Check out Ancient Hermit Drums online.
Liliona Quarmyne is the Creative Mind Body Spirit Program Coordinator for the Tatamagouche Centre, and is also an independent choreographer, performer, teacher, and community development facilitator. Liliona takes a non-traditional approach to dance and its applicability, and deeply believes that movement and art can play a central role in the development of self-identity, and in the growth and empowerment of communities.
From her base in Antigonish, Liliona choreographs and performs new works as an independent artist, teaches dance for the Antigonish Creative Dance Association, guides families in movement and leads workshops under the umbrella of Generations in Motion, coordinates programs for the Tatamagouche Centre, and sits on the Boards of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and the Masterworks Foundation. She draws on her Ghanaian/Filipino background and on her diverse set of trainings and to generate a creative and unconventional vision of how we are in the world.