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Past Events

Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 7:30pm / Music for the Planet: A Summer Solstice Concert

Music for the Planet The high-energy sounds of West African, Middle Eastern and Japanese drumming will meet chamber music and jazz as the improvising ensemble known as Music for the Planet holds its Summer Solstice Concert on Saturday, June 28. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road in Weston, CT.

 

Performing artists include:
- Mark Hinkley, piano/hammered dulcimer/voice
- Matt McCauley, double bass/tamboura/electronics/voice
- Peter Hawes, drums/percussion/electronics/voice
- Elizabeth Byrd, cello
- Randy Brody, drums/percussion/marimba/voice

 

There will be many surprise guest artists and our traditional drum jam. General-admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased after 6:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road in Weston. For more information call 203-451-8886 or send an E-mail to Randy Brody.

Sunday, August 24, 2003, 2:30-5:00pm / Drums Around the World

Drums Around the World

 

The 10th annual community drum, dance and song circle for world peace and cultural unity presented by Drum-N-Dance.

 

Guest Facilitators: Jim GreinerRobert Friedman — Peter Hawes
Randy Brody — John Boiano — Mariya Morse

 

Dedicated to the memory of Babatunde Olatunji.

 

Join us for the 10th annual community drum, dance and song circle for world peace and cultural unity on Sunday, August 24 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at Taylor Farm Park, Norwalk, CT.

 

As we play our djembes, djun-djuns, congas and doumbeks, and dance together, other drum circles in more than 30 countries and 26 states will simultaneously get the entire planet vibrating in harmony! Bring hand drums, percussion, flutes, voices, dancing feet, sunscreen, a chair or blanket, and water. Many surprise guest facilitators!

 

Jim Greiner 2003 Sponsors:

  • Latin Percussion
  • Norwalk Parks and Recreation
  • Center for Women's Health, Darien
  • Symmetry Yoga Center, Westport
  • Lime Restaurant, Norwalk
  • Cook Associates, Norwalk
  • Ridgefield Music
  • People's Bank
  • Curran VW, Stratford
  • Events By Rita, Westport
  • Special thanks to Baker Graphics, Westport

 

See the Drums Around the World Web Site.

 

Jim Greiner, renowned drum circle facilitator, educator, and Latin Percussion clinician and endorser, will be this year's special guest facilitator at Drums Around the World.

 

Visit Jim Greiner's web site: www.HandsOnDrum.com

 

Directions to Drums Around the World are here.

 

Suggested Donation: $10 adults/$5 children/under 5 free Bring drums, percussion, voices and dancing feet For more info call: 203-451-8886 or E-mail Randy Brody.

Randy Brody
Arthur Hull, Randy Brody, and Peter Hawes (L-R) at Drums Around the World 2002.

Special Events in December

Saturday, December 13, 2003, 7:30pm / Music for the Planet: A Winter Solstice Concert

The Music for the Planet performance ensemble returns to celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice and the joyous holiday season. Join us for uplifting world rhythms, classical music and jazz improvisations with audience participation and the traditional drum jam. Many surprise guests. Info: 203-451-8886.

Location: Norfield Grange in Weston, CT. (directions)

$15 adults / $5 children (under 12)

Sunday, December 14 and 21, 2003, 3:00-4:30pm / Beat the Stress drum workshops

Sound Directions presents two Sunday afternoon "Beat the Stress" drum workshops, at Symmetry Yoga Center, 177 Post Road West, Westport, CT (directions). The workshops, which will be facilitated by Randy Brody, are designed to help us cope with holiday stress (or any kind of stress for that matter) and allow us to feel a renewed sense of energy and joy within ourselves while connecting with others. No prior experience with drumming is required.

 

Please bring smaller drums only (no large djembes or congas), such as doumbeks and frame drums, or play one of ours. Also, bring a yoga mat or a pillow to sit on. Recommended for adults and young adults, ages 14 and older.

Fee: $20.00

Please register in advance by email: Randy Brody or call 203-451-8886.

Special Events in March

Sunday, March 14, 2004, 3:00pm / If You Can Say It, You Can Play It!" Part 2

An intermediate hand drumming workshop will take place on Sunday, March 14, 3-4:30PM, at Sound Mind & Body Studio, 354 Woodmont Rd., Milford (off I-95, Exit 40). The workshop, presented by Randy Brody, will further explore the energy, language and techniques of playing doumbek and djembe hand drums. Participants will learn to play interlocking world rhythms from W. Africa, Morocco and Egypt, and take part in group and solo exercises. Appropriate for those who took Part 1, or drummers with some basic hand drumming experience.

 

Call Nancy at 203-878-6677 to register and reserve a drum if you need one. $20 by March 12 / $25 at the door. For workshop questions, call Randy: 203-451-8886 or email: rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, March 20, 2004, 7:30pm / Music for the Planet: A Rites of Spring Concert

Celebrate the Spring Equinox and say farewell to Winter at a concert of improvised and original music influenced by world rhythms, folk, classical and jazz. The Music for the Planet ensemble, comprised of participants and graduates of the Connecticut-based Music for People organization, features Thomasina, mountain dulcimer and guitar; Peter Hawes, drums and percussion; Sarah Swersey, flute; Randy Brody, drums and percussion; and Peter Dubner, piano and keyboards. Surprise guest artists, audience participation and drum jam. Tickets available at the door. Concert begins at 7:30pm.

Location: Norfield Grange in Weston, CT. (directions)

$15 adults / $5 children (under 12)

For info: 203-451-8886 or email: rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday, March 28, 2004, 3:00-4:30pm / Beat the Stress drum workshop

Feeling all stressed out? Need a break from work? From life? Play a drum and lift your spirits! We are providing another opportunity to participate in a Beat the Stress group drumming workshop, at Symmetry Yoga Center, 177 Post Road West, Westport, CT (directions).

 

For adults and young adults (age 14+). Advanced registration is required.

Fee: $20.00

Please register in advance by email: rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net or call 203-451-8886.

Special Events in June

Sunday, June 27, 2004 / West African Drumming Workshops

Sound Mind & Body and Drum-N-Dance present ... West African Drumming Workshops with Randy Brody. Experience the Passion and Spirit of West African Drumming!

 

Intro to West African Drumming (Part 1) - 1:00-2:30pm
Learn basic skills for creating West African drum music in a fun, ensemble environment. As a group, we will play easy-to-learn drum rhythms and patterns. No prior drumming experience is necessary. Also a great refresher for those with some drumming experience.
Fee: $20 advance/$25 door

 

African Drumming and Percussion (Part 2) - 3:00-5:00pm
A deeper exploration of West African drumming. We will learn two or three traditional West African rhythms, while focusing on technique, listening skills and adding percussion. Participants should take Part 1 first, or have a good basic knowledge of playing hand drums.
Fee: $25 advance/$30 door

 

Special: Sign up for both in advance and pay only $40. Payment must be received by June 25 to receive the lower rates. If you need a drum, please reserve one in advance. If you have a drum, please bring it.

 

Sunday, June 27 at Sound Mind & Body, 354 Woodmont Rd., Milford, CT
Call Nancy at 203-878-6677 to register.
For workshop questions call Randy at 203-451-8886 or email: rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net.

NEW Drum Circles

Fourth Monday Black Rock Art Center

Starting February 23, 2004, 7:00pm - Drum Circle at Black Rock Art Center A new Community Drum Circle will be taking place on the fourth Monday of the month, at the Black Rock Art Center, 2838 Fairfield Ave., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT. Be part of this new series and help support International Performing Arts (IPA). Plenty of parking in the lot behind the building. The Black Rock Art Center is up the street from the Acoustic Cafe and lots of restaurants. Use the back entrance for the drum circle. $10.00/$5.00 under 12. For information call: 203-451-8886 or email: rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net. This is an ongoing drum circle:
Dates:
 2004: Feb 23, Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24

First Monday Norwalk YMCA Drum Circle

Starting March 1, 6:00pm - Community Drum Circle at the Norwalk YMCA We are going back to our drum circle roots and bringing back the First Monday Drum Circle in Norwalk. It takes place at the Norwalk YMCA at 370 West Ave. No experience needed. Families welcome.

$8.00 Y members/$10 non-members/$5.00 under 12.

For information call: 203-451-8886 or email: rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net. This is an ongoing drum circle:
Dates:
 2004: Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, June 7

Sunday, August 22, 2004, 2:30-5:00pm / Drums Around the World

Drums Around the World

 

HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO DRUM FOR WORLD PEACE

 

On Sunday, August 22, from 2:30-5:00 p.m., the entire planet will once again vibrate to the sound of simultaneous drumming in an annual call for world peace and unity. The event is the 11th annual "Drums Around the World" which connects hundreds of community and village drum circles all over the globe.

 

This year, Norwalk will again play host to Drums Around the World at Taylor Farm Park, next to Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk. This unique celebration is open to the public and attracts hundreds of drummers, dancers and onlookers each year, all seeking to build community while making a collective statement for world peace and unity.

 

Drums Around the World, which takes place simultaneously across the USA, and in more than 30 countries, will feature several guest drum circle and dance facilitators from around Connecticut. Scheduled to appear along with organizer Randy Brody are John Boiano from Vernon, Craig Norton and Virginia Anderson from West Hartford, and Francoise Esteve from Ridgefield.

 

Facilitating at the annual event for the second time, John Boiano will bring his own special rhythmic energy to share. John is the owner of Pulse Integration in Vernon, a company dedicated to presenting drum circles and workshops to a wide audience throughout Connecticut.

 

Craig Norton and Virginia Anderson, owners of Playtivity in West Hartford, return to Drums Around the World again this year, presenting a drumming and movement circle aimed at welcoming the participants as they arrive, and creating a feeling of unity right from the onset. Their spontaneous opening last year is still fondly remembered by attendees in 2003.

 

Francoise Esteve, director of Yogadance in Ridgefield, has been facilitating Drum-N- Dance programs along with Randy Brody for the last year. She danced at Drums Around the World for many years as a participant, and this year is welcomed as the dance facilitator who will lead the high-energy dancing that traditionally closes the event. Francoise is a certified yoga teacher as well as a certified Danskinetics™ facilitator who teaches at Kripalu, in Lenox, MA on a regular basis.

 

Drums Around the World organizer, drummer, performer, music educator and Westport resident Randy Brody works extensively with schools, community groups, hospitals, corporations, individuals, couples, and seniors, sharing the uplifting, healing and almost magical power of drumming. "When we drum together we start to communicate in a more meaningful way. Our lives are less stressful and our world is a better place to live," says Randy. "Who could ask for anything more?"

 

Drums Around the World is made possible thanks to the support of many businesses. Please show them your support by giving them your business. This year's sponsors include:

  • Remo Drums, Inc. - www.remo.com
  • People's Bank - 800-772-1090
  • Norwalk Music, Inc. - 203-847-3925
  • Giuliano's Music Center, Darien - 203-656-2155
  • Planet Pizza, Westport - 203-454-4411
  • The Lime Restaurant, Norwalk - 203-846-9240
  • Cook Associates, Norwalk - 203-838-0490
  • Pymander Books & Gifts, Westport - 203-227-1715
  • United Mortgage Finance Group - 203-357-8888
  • New England Land Company, Ltd., Greenwich - 203-661-6004

 

Special thanks to Norwalk Recreation & Parks for their continued support.

 

People who plan to attend Drums Around the World are invited to bring hand drums, such as Djembes, Ashikos, Congas and Bongos, as well as other percussion instruments, flutes, voices, dancing feet, a chair or blanket, water and sunscreen. There will be no loaner drums at this event.

 

Participants are asked to gather at 2:30 p.m. Suggested donations of $10 adults/$5 children are requested to help cover costs (kids under 5 free). It all takes place Sunday, August 22, 2:30-5:00 p.m. at Taylor Farm Park, East Norwalk, exit 16 off I-95, next to Calf Pasture Beach. Follow signs to Beach Area and Drums Around the World. Parking is available inside the park. There is no rain location, so pray for good weather. For more info about Drums Around the World, call Randy Brody at 203-451-8886 or email Randy Brody.

 

Directions to Drums Around the World are here.

2005 Special Events

Thursday, January 13 / Corporate Rhythm - Group Drumming in the Workplace

A hands-on demonstration of how to use group drumming and rhythm as a vehicle for staff development, team building, stress management, diversity training, creative thinking and more. This program is free, and designed for executives and managers working in human resources, staff training and development, diversity training, special events, wellness, stress management, and other related departments. Drums will be provided and no experience is necessary to participate.

 

There will be two sessions: 4:00-5:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm, at the Four Points Sheraton, 426 Main Ave. (Rt. 7), Norwalk, CT. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, as space is limited. Call Randy Brody: 203-451-8886 or email rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net to register or for more information.

Thursday, January 20 / Community Drum Circle at the Westport Arts Center

Come share an uplifting, interactive experience with your friends and neighbors at a Community Drum Circle starting at 7:00pm, at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave.(Rt.33), Westport. Hand drums and ethnic percussion instruments will be played and shared while we create spontaneous rhythms based on W. African, Latin and other World Music styles, as well as in-the-moment music created by the participants. This high-energy gathering is facilitated by Randy Brody who will help us build a rhythmic community, while having fun in the process. Bring a hand drum if you have one, or play one of the drums provided. No experience necessary!

For Info: 203-226-1806

Tsunami

Photo courtesy of CNN-News

Saturday, February 12 / Drum for Tsunami

Sponsored by The Entrepreneurial Woman's Network
for Save The Children

 

A community drumming circle to benefit the Tsunami victims.

 

2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2005 at Save The Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport.

 

Suggested minimum donation is $10 / $5 seniors & children All proceeds from the event will go toward Save the Children's relief efforts for the devastation in South Asia. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided and no experience is necessary to participate. Minimum age, 8 years old. The drumming circle is facilitated by Randy Brody of Sound Directions, and organized by Rita Smircich, EWN board member.

 

Please call Rita for more information at 203-255-3368 or e-mail to DrumForTsunami@aol.com.

Saturday, April 16 / Community Drum Circle at the Black Rock Art Center

A Community Drum Circle will be taking place 2:30-4:00pm on Saturday, April 16 at the Black Rock Art Center, 2838 Fairfield Ave., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT. Bring your family and friends and help build community through group drumming and also help support International Performing Arts (IPA). Plenty of parking in the lot behind the building. The Black Rock Art Center is up the street from the Acoustic Cafe and lots of restaurants. Use the back entrance for the drum circle. $10.00/$5.00 under 12. For information call: 203-451-8886 or email rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday August 28, 2005 / 12th Annual Drums Around the World

Sunday, August 28, 2005, 2:30-5:00pm. Join hundreds of drummers and dancers for the 12th annual event that unites the whole world in rhythm and harmony. Help make a statement for world peace, global healing and cultural unity. Guest facilitators include: Craig Norton, Virginia Anderson, John Boiano, and Randy Brody. Bring a drum or percussion instrument, dancing feet, blanket or beach chair, hat/sunscreen and water. Suggested donation: $10 adults / $5 under 12 / $5 seniors 65+ / under age 5 free. On-site parking. Taylor Farm Park, Norwalk, CT. Call 203-451-8886 or Email rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net. Inquire about sponsorship and volunteering.

 

Directions to Drums Around the World are here.

 

We would like to thank our sponsors who have helped in so many ways to keep Drums Around the World going as an annual event. Please show them your support by bringing them your business.

 

  • REMO® Drums, Inc.
  • 1400 WSTC / 1350 WNLK
  • Natural Awakenings Magazine, Fairfield County Edition
  • Pymander Books & Gifts, Westport
  • Kismet, Westport
  • Music Together of Fairfield County
  • Ridgefield Music
  • Shacojazz Art Cafe, South Norwalk
  • The Lime Restaurant, Norwalk
  • SAGA, South Norwalk
  • Four Points Sheraton, Norwalk
  • Cook Associates, Norwalk
  • Wild Oats Market, Westport

 

Special Thanks to Norwalk Recreation and Parks, and to all our volunteers.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 / Loud Joy!

Sunday, September 18, 3:00-4:30pm.

 

Drum-N-Dance and Sound Mind & Body present Loud Joy! a group drumming experience. Join us for a participatory blend of hand drumming, rhythm games, improvisational music making and building community at Sound Mind & Body, 354 Woodmont Road, Milford, CT. No experience necessary! Just a desire to have some fun, connect with others and make some joyful noise!

 

Bring a drum or other instrument, or play one of the drums provided. For ages 12 and older. Facilitated by Randy Brody. Please call 203-878-6677 to register.

$20 if paid by September 16 / $25 at the door.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 / Music for the Planet: The Autumn Equinox Concert

Saturday, September 24, 7:30pm.

 

The diverse sounds of World, Jazz and Classical music will blend with original and improvised compositions when Music for the Planet returns for its annual Autumn Equinox concert. The concert begins at 7:30pm and takes place at the Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road, Weston, CT.

 

Performers include: Peter Hawes, Sue Armstrong, Peter Dubner, Kani Barrett, Randy Brody and other surprise guest artists.

General-admission tickets are $15.00 / $10.00 seniors (65+) and children under 12. Info: 203-451-8886 or email Randy Brody.

Saturday, October 1, 2005 / Rhythm for Relief

Saturday, October 1, 3:00-4:00pm.

 

With TV and newspaper coverage of Hurricane Katrina bringing concern to our hearts and tears to our eyes, many of us who want to help out, feel helpless. Rhythm for Relief, a benefit Community Drum Circle, will give the community a chance to connect and contribute to this important cause and send help to the victims of this devastating hurricane.

 

Rhythm for Relief, sponsored by Sound Directions and Events by Rita LLC, for the American Red Cross, will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2005, 3:00-4:00pm at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, in Hoskins Parish Hall, 245 Post Road East, Westport.

Suggested donation is $20, and $10 for seniors (62+) and children (under 12). All proceeds raised from the event will go toward the American Red Cross relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other affected areas. For more information about Rhythm for Relief, please call 203-255-3368, or
email Rita at eventsbyrita@aol.com or Randy at rbdrumguy@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, October 21, 2005 / Loud Joy!

Friday, October 21, 7:00-8:30pm.

 

Drum-N-Dance and Pymander Books & Gifts present Loud Joy! a group drumming experience. Join us for a participatory blend of hand drumming, rhythm games, improvisational music making and building community at Pymander Books & Gifts, 215 Post Road West (Settlers & Traders building), Westport, CT.

 

No experience necessary! Just a desire to have some fun, connect with others and make some joyful noise! Bring a drum or other instrument, or play one of the drums provided.

For ages 12 and older. Facilitated by Randy Brody. Workshop fee: $20.00. Please call 203-227-1715 to register, as space is limited.