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1. Bella Ciao, Millipede, Yeep!, Elsa’s Strut
2. New tunes! Cascade (please practice), and Drummer Girlz
3. Revisit: 6135, Work Song, Yarrr… tiz a waltz
ps- please check out my new video, and pass it along. I’m longing for internet fame;) http://vimeo.com/35226012
I also wanna touch on the Work Song, the off beat brass shots in Yeep!, and Ross’ new tune ‘Sub-Prime”
Below are some words and links form Sean:
There’s two rhythms that I’d like to share with the group (below). I can only really teach the percussion parts with any skill – I sense the horns are an eclectic go with the flow bunch and can muster up something to go with it that’s inspired by this. I will bring along a bunch of my instruments. Also, if folks are interested, me and a few peeps are starting a community afro-brazilian inspired percussion orchestra this week. We go 6-9PM every Sunday at the DharmaLab (1814 Pender). Free for everyone, instruments provided too. They can email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Looking forward to Monday!
We are producing a special workshop on Monday, August 24th. Vocal coach Patti Powell will be joining us at Britannia Centre at 7:30pm. Patti is the director of Acapellaboratory, a community choir out of Lions Den at Adanac and Commercial Drive. They perform sacred and not so sacred music from around the world. Come join us in learning how to sing!!
Yours in Community,
The Carnival Band
Paul Bray is a dynamic and charismatic percussionist working as a music educator and performer in Vancouver. First schooled in classical styles, Paul has focused his attention to African influenced styles, specializing in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian folkloric styles.
Paul has studied extensively in Cuba and has collaborated with Vancouver’s Afro-Bahia Dance Productions and Yasse Afro-Arts. He also works as a studio musician and directs Sambata, Vancouver’s 20-piece Escola de Samba.
Currently, Paul is the percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach – an Arts Umbrella youth program, and is guest instructor with the Britannia World Rhythms Ensemble. In the performing arena Paul is a member of Tambor Iroko, led by Jack Duncan, Candela, and a regular club percussionist, collaborating with local DJ’s in Vancouver.
Russell Shumsky is a professional drummer and teacher with over twenty years of experience. Skilled on the marimba, djembé, dunduns, bodhran, and congas, Russell is both an incredible performer and a patient facilitator. He has traveled to West Africa five times to learn from master drummers and bring back their powerful rhythms. He also studied music at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Community Collage.
Russell regularly leads 8-week hand drumming courses, and hosts drum circles throughout Vancouver. To find out more, go to www.drumming.ca.