MAZAZIK DRUM CIRCLE Monthly internet drumming classes & socials
I don't claim to be the best drummer in the world! But I've been drumming for many years, firstly with Adam Warne, Guy Schalom and Tim Garside, and currently on my trips to Egypt with Hamada Fathy and Saleh Dahab.
And the drumming I love to do reflects the cultures, principally those of Africa and the East, where making music is enjoyed within the community and not so much taught as picked up from an early age. In the Mazazik Drum Circle we'll play with rhythms from Egypt, Nubia, Morocco, Turkey and play them together in a supportive and non-competitive way.
We now tend to focus on frame drumming but also include simple tabla/darbuka playing also. If you want to solo or do lots of fancy stuff to show off, then this group won't be for you. And the great thing about these these drums, our instruments, is that they are easily transportable. And part of the fun is being able to travel to places to gather and make music - whether it's Yorkshire, the Scottish coast or Egypt.
What I offer which other drummers may not is my proven ability to 'facilitate' YOUR drumming, to break things down in an easy, accessible way, and to combine that with my vision of bringing people together to make music. There are many drum tutorials out there, but few that actually create real opportunities to gather to drum.
And this is also not a drum circle for people wanting to be completely free to just make sounds and see where it goes. As with my dance work, the cultural side of what we do, what the rhythms are, where they come from, what they are part of, is an important part of our playing.
These classes are for people prepared to engage to learn, gradually building confidence in the rhythms and the pieces we are working on.
So if you'd like to join, you can:
1. Work through the free Drum Bites tutorials below.
2. Join us for our termly Zoom get togethers to practice and reinforce rhythms. Friday 7 May 19.30 to 20.00 - FREE Mazazik Drum Circle evening playalong - No technique, minimum talk, just playing along with some of the pieces we're working on. Email mazazik_uk@hotmail before noon Friday to receive the Zoom link
Sunday 6 June - 11 - 12.30 Mazazik Drum Circle - revise and drill rhythyms - £6 (Paypal button below)
3. Purchase the monthly Mazazik Drum Circle internet classes (Pay £5 on or before the 15th of each month and I'll email you the link to a class of approximately 45 minutes featuring exercises, drills, new material as well as revision and a monthly playalong session. It's also possible to pay in blocks of 3, or for the full year).
4. Dates and venues for future socials will be arranged at the end of the lockdown.
If you'd like to be on drumming mailing list, drop me a message at email@example.com.
Choose to pay for 1 class or a block of 3 via Paypal here. If you'd prefer to pay be cheque, drop me an email.
You can also buy a Year 1 condensed class - Drills, Fills and Variations for Egyptian Baladi, designed to consolidate and put into more practice some of the Drum Bites tutorials, plus give you another new rhythm. The class with playalong is approxmiately 1.5 hours.