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(updated Sept 18, 2010)  

     Drum sound rises on the air,
     Its throb, my heart.
     A voice inside the beat says,
     'I know you're tired,
     But come. This is the way.'
           ...Rumi

 

Joni wil be co-facilitating the KIDS' DRUMMING CIRCLE AT Global Mala, a huge fundraising event in Newark, NJ on Sunday September 19th.

2010 Schedule posted below, updates will be added as they are confirmed.  To be informed of last minute changes due to weather, check back here, also the calendar page of this website, and sign up for either or both of the lists below.

As you may know, the former Hoboken outdoor summer circles have had a diaspora.  Dana has been holding indoor circles in Weehawken during winter months, Joni in Newark and Chatham, and you'll see Dana's outdoor summer schedule if you scroll down.  Joni also has a separate Newark Drum Circle email list, which you can add yourself to (scroll down).

Dana's Bloomfield DCs:
Location: Brookside Park (Broad St. and Hoover Ave.), Bloomfield NJ
Day & Time: SAturdays once a month 5-7pm
Date:  contact Dana for next dates
Donation: $10    Dana McCurdy

Joni and Dana's Madison DCs:
Location: Studio Yoga, Madison, NJ 07940 (indoors)
Day & Time: Sunday 3-5pm      
Dates:  fall dates: September 26, October 10, November date TBA (to be announced)
Cost: $10

Dana will be joining me for our INDOOR Drum Circles in Madison, one Sunday a month, 3-5 pm, at Studio Yoga, second floor, 2 Green Village Road, Madison, NJ, free parking on Sunday (ignore the 2-hour limit) just behind in a parking lot, with back entrance to building.  Also additional parking on all the streets around the block.

more more info:
www.joniwellness.com/drumming.html     (201) 207-4448    joni@joniwellness.com 
 

Newark Community Drum & Rhythm Circles
Summer 2010

one Saturday a month 4-6 pm

Co-sponsored by City of Newark and New Ark Yoga

A Community Drum Circle is a fun, uplifting, interactive rhythm-based event.  All are welcome to attend and join in, regardless of age or level of rhythmical ability.  The results are stress reduction, harmony, camaraderie, increased confidence, and a feeling of community among the participants.  Joni will help newbies build thier confidence with simple rhythms, keeping a steady beat.  Experienced players can innovate new rhythms and improve their playing.  Drum Circle Facilitator Joni Wellness will assist, guide and orchestrate the group to its highest potential.  We will collectively play drums, shakers, tambourines, bells and other percussion instruments, promoting cooperation and creativity, with a sum greater than its individual parts.  Enjoy playing and experimenting with our small percussion and “found sound.”  Bring a folding chair, drums, and other instruments, if you have your own.

Location: Lincoln Park and Broad Street (near Symphony Hall), Newark NJ 07102
Community Drum & Rhythm Circle 4:00-6pm with Joni Wellness & friends
Saturday July 24 Joni will be joined by HDC co-founder Dana McCurdy along with Alredo Vilella, Shamanic Drummer from Starseed Yoga!
Day & Time: Saturdays 4-6pm
Dates: June 19, July 24, August 14
Suggested Donation: $10 each

For more info, including last minute weather updates, sign up for the NEWARK DC list below.

www.joniwellness.com/drumming.html              (201) 207-4448             joni@joniwellness.com

What is a Community Drum Circle/Rhythm Jam?  It is a rhythmical event where all are welcome regardless of age, experience or musical ability.   We encourage creativity and community building through listening to each other, improvising, and respecting each member's contribution.  We use multi-cultural drums (you may see African djembes or djun djuns, Brazilian serdos or cuicas, Egyptian dumbeks, Irish hand drums, Indian tablas, Korean and other cultures represented), as well as shakers, wood instruments like claves, bells, tambourines, whistles, boomwhackers (what's a boomwhacker?  come and find out!), and homemade instruments (see "what to bring" below).  Some facilitation usually happens, to keep newcomers listening for the groove and to help people find the beat or give them simple rhythms to start playing.  Much of the time, it goes on its own.  There are drum circles which play only culturally specific rhythms, and although we use some traditional rhythms (and welcome and need good drummers!), we don't limit ourselves to them.  Extra percussion instruments are often available (you can count on it at our circles), but please bring your own if you have them.  "Any time a group of people come together and cooperate in creating an interactive, experiential musical event, they make connections beyond the music produced. In doing so, their community is strengthened and the world is a better place to live in.   Share your spirit."   ...Arthur Hull (Joni's DCF mentor)

BENEFITS (scientific evidence-based):  releasing stress, ice breaking, improving mood and immune system response, raising morale, invigorating minds and bodies, enhancing clarity and focus, developing team-building, developing group cooperation and integrity, building individual and group confidence, stimulating creativity and risk taking, fostering self-expression, musicality and spirituality, transformation, creating community spirit and camaraderie, having fun, celebrating life!

WHAT TO BRING:  whatever instruments you may have, not just drums, but "small timbre" also: bells, shakers, tambourines, kalimbas, wood blocks, claves.   "found sound:" pot lids, wooden spoons, plastic or wooden bowls or plates, extra sticks for striking bells or wooden blocks, even chopsticks or knitting needles, empty plastic (water or clean) bottles of all sizes, bottles or thermoses with ridges, hair picks for playing the ridges, metal spoons, house keys or something that jingles, upside down pail or wastebasket (as drum), empty tubing; if indoors, earplugs if you're sensitive to noise levels;  if indoors, be prepared with ear plugs just in case the noise level is too loud for you; if outdoors, a folding chair; also bring Joni's cell phone # (201) 207-4448 in case you need last minute directions or can't find us. If you have a large bass drum like dun dun or serdo, extra bungees or wedge to prop it or hold it in place; still and video cameras - we need updated still photos and footage for the website and newsletters.

Drum Circle Facilitator Joni Wellness is a Newark resident, has been facilitating drum circles and empowering community voices through rhythm making since 2001. She was a dancer, including jazz, modern and African, is a master yogi and Wellness Trainer.  see more about her on her bio page, and throughout the site. 

HDC co-founder and Co-Faciilitator Joni Yecalsik was priviledged to attend Drum Circle Facilitator Training with her mentor Arthur Hull and has been facilitating rhythm circles since 2001.  Part of her training was assisting at numerous events in the Seattle area, including Bumpershoot's Rhythm Equator and the annual Seattle World Rhythm Festival, run by all volunteers, with over 10,000 attendees. She met Arthur 1998 at the  first WOMAD festival in Redmond, Washington (state), with hundreds and even thousands of attendees, and was hooked.  She took the extraordinary East Coast Facilitator's Training Intensive Playshop in June, 2005 in Maryland, and the Maryland Weekend Playshop in September 2005.  Her "Rhythm Pabulum" is available to facilitate corporate, adult, and family rhythm groups (contact her for rates). These are fun, empowering, team- and community-building, events -- no experience necessary.

2 separate email lists:   please sign up below either for Newark DC list, Hudson list or both! (no spam, no sharing of  this list, just Drum Circle related announcements!)

monthly HUDSON "COMMUNITY in RHYTHM" DRUM CIRCLE (HDC)

 

NEWARK DRUM CIRCLE

Add your name to our Newark Drum Circle email list, to be notified of local Drumming and related events, last-minute changes, or to inquire about carpooling (nothing else - no list-sharing, no spam!)

Also see:  See joni's drum circle blog  , and join facebook group NJ/NY Drum Circle Assoc   

DRUM CIRCLE ETIQUETTE:

  • Sit in the circle so you can see everyone, and so that you are not blocking anyone's view.
  • Ask permission before playing someone else's drum.  Generally, instruments in the middle of the circle are for sharing, but ask if you're not sure.  When you want to switch instruments, put your first one back in the center of the circle to offer to someone else.  If you're not sure HOW to play something, ask.
  • Wear no rings, watches or bracelets while playing hand drums, especially someone else's.  This protects the head of the drums from the metal.
  • Leave rhythmical space for other people in the circle to express themselves.  Listen as much as you play.  In other words, don't hog solos, or just try to play as loudly as you can.
  • Don't smoke in or near the circle, even it's outdoors.

RECOMMENDED LINKS:

- NY - NJ Drum Circles - lists other local groups (if you lead a group - submit it to this site)
-
www.drumcircle.com  - my DCF mentor Arthur Hull's site.
- http://www.drumcentral.net - 12th Annual Catskill Mountain Womyn's World Drum & Percussion Happen'n in the summer.   Joni attended for first time in 2005 - big thumbs up!  end of Auguest this year, 2009
- Jamtown  - Wordly Rhythm Instruments and Kits from my friend John in Seattle (fair trade)
- International Art & Sound - Worldly Rhythm Instruments from my friend Kerry "Shakerman" in Oregon

more links with cool learning products and where to buy instruments and CDs, coming soon!

ABOUT  HUDSON COMMUNITY in RHYTHM DRUM CIRCLE, formed from a merger of Hoboken Drum Circle (Joni) and Weehawken Community in Rhythm Circle (Dana), from 2004, when the Hoboken Drumming Circle began meeting weekly outdoors during the summer at Pier A with a spectacular  view on the Hudson River, and continued until 2008.  The Weehawken group had been meeting steadily for 2 years at the current location of Good Shepard Lutheran Church.  Joni & Dana still collaborate when they can.

ABOUT JONI:  HDC co-founder Joni (Yecalsik) Wellness trained as a Drum Circle Facilitator with her mentor Arthur Hull and has been leading rhythm circles since 2001.  She assisted at numerous events in the Seattle area, including Bumpershoot's Rhythm Equator and the annual Seattle World Rhythm Festival. She met Arthur 1998 at the  first WOMAD festival in Redmond, Washington (state), and was hooked.  She took the extraordinary East Coast Facilitator's Training Intensive Playshop in June, 2005 in Maryland, and the Maryland Weekend Playshop in September 2005.  Her "Rhythm Pabulum" is available to facilitate corporate, adult, and family rhythm groups (contact her for rates). These are fun, empowering, team- and community-building, events -- no experience necessary.  She is currently in Newark, NJ and is facilitating DCs there.

ABOUT DANA:  HDC co-founder and Co-Facilitator Dana McCurdy teaches electronic music at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, and at the New School University in New York City. He is also a technical consultant for New York/New Jersey area musicians. Dana has become an avid hand drum player in the last five years, and is currently addicted to attending drum circles. He has been leading drum circles in the Weehawken/Union City area since 2002, and has merged his group to form HDC.

PICTURES:   Please send your pics and footage to joni to add to the soon to be updated website here.  

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