(updated Sept 18, 2010)
Drum sound rises on the air,
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:
Joni and Dana's Madison DCs:
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.
Co-sponsored by City of
For more info, including last minute weather updates, sign up for the NEWARK DC list below.
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
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
2 separate email lists:
monthly HUDSON "COMMUNITY in RHYTHM" DRUM CIRCLE (HDC)
NEWARK DRUM CIRCLE
DRUM CIRCLE ETIQUETTE:
- NY - NJ Drum Circles - lists other local groups (if you lead a group - submit it to this site)
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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