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Maiden voyage of Lotus Drums

posted Aug 3, 2011, 7:33 PM by Zachary Spath

Tonight we kicked off the first Lotus Drums class! We are off to an excellent start for our trial class. Thanks to Lee and Marcia for assisting. As with any new endeavor I learned new things tonight and have more ideas for how to make this trial run into a regular class! As Tom Petty once told me on the radio "The future is wide open."  

Seneca Park Zoo Performance

posted Aug 3, 2011, 6:50 AM by Zachary Spath

Great performance at the Seneca Park Zoo on Saturday July 30!
Wonderful turn out and a solid performance. 

We did an impromptu processional. As it turns out the people that work the gate at the Zoo had never heard us drum or seen us dance in the past years because they had to work the gate so this year we started at the gate and played for a short period before working out way to the performance area. We received Lots of good feedback from the audience.
There were a few parts of the performance that did not go as we had rehearsed, not that the audience would know it though :) It brings up a good point that if there is any weakness in the show, a performance will bring it out! 

Next time we are rehearsing something over and over again, even though it sounds good keep in mind that when it comes time to perform, any thing that can go wrong will :) That's why we drill it into our heads, so it is a matter of muscle memory and there is no thinking involved.

At the end the dancers brought up about 20 audience members to go through some dance moves for Mendiani. That was another success! They loved it!

Great Job to everyone who performed! Let's keep the good times rolling and keep working to make the performances even tighter!

Strolling on the canal with Futurpointe dance

posted Jul 18, 2011, 10:19 PM by zachary spath

July 10 marked our second event with Futurpointe Dance company this summer. This fun, and loving crew is a joy to perform with and we look forward to the next performance on Thursday July 28. The afternoon of the 10th was beautiful weather and the Percussion ensemble was well prepared. For the first time we performed Mendiani in public. And although Dave had just been released from a minor surgery he was able to play the bell for a few songs and the Sangba for Mendiani.

Happy Fourth of July

posted Jun 28, 2011, 9:55 AM by zachary spath

There will be no practice on Saturday July 2 due to the holiday and many people being out of town. Regular practice will resume on July 9.

June 23 Drummers Practice

posted Jun 23, 2011, 12:59 AM by Zachary Spath   [ updated Jun 24, 2011, 7:56 AM by zachary spath ]

Today's practice was focused on Kuku and Mendiani. Primarily getting the Dunduns locked in with each other, and a basic grasp of how the fundamental structure of the rhythms sound.

Please check out the new resource for Mendiani! A simple spread sheet with all the patterns explained.
  • Knowing how the rhythm is supposed to sound all together is valuable. It helps the drummer to be able to lock in. This is why practice CDs are valuable.
  • Pick a song or part that you like and master it. Buy a practice CD, rip it to your computer, put it on your Ipod and put it on repeat while doing mundane tasks. Just let it roll in the background while you do dishes, drive to work. It will seep into you this way. Let it happen!
  • The more we get together to practice the tighter the rhythm will get.
  • Individual practice time is equally as important as group practice. Individual practice builds confidence, a necessary attribute when performing.

Web Site getting close!

posted Jun 14, 2011, 4:54 AM by Zachary Spath   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 5:36 PM ]

a little better each day!

Website in the works!

posted Nov 25, 2009, 12:32 PM by Zachary Spath   [ updated Jun 5, 2011, 10:37 PM ]

We are getting organized!

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