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Sunday, February 16 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Mystical Art of Hand Drumming

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Hand percussion is one of the most spiritual of musical pursuits. The vibrations are healing to body and soul — to players and listeners alike. In this session you'll be introduced to hand drums including the darbuka, riqq (Middle Eastern tambourine), and frame drums including the Persian daf. Ellen will demonstrate how to hold and stroke each drum, and will show you how to read her system of drum notation. Participants will have the opportunity to choose a drum from her collection, learn several rhythms, and play in ensemble. Together, the group will chant a Jewish prayer text, with our own improvisational percussion accompaniment. We hope to spark a lifelong love of drumming!

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Ben Newman

In addition to being a singer-songwriter who delights in chanting, playing guitar and the Indian sruti box, Rabbi Ben Newman is Jewish Life Coordinator at the Shames JCC in Tarrytown, on staff at Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings, and founder of Shtiebel, a new-paradigm Jewish community... Read More →
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Ellen Shapiro

Ellen is a graphic designer and writer—and perpetual percussion aficionada and student. For more than ten years Ellen has studied hand percussion and attended and hosted percussion workshops. She has played in the Romemu Community Band, Klezmenschen of Eastern Connecticut, the Shtiebel... Read More →

Sunday February 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
10th Floor Conference Room