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Chandler Davis, drumming up more participation…

♫♪ DRUM NOTES ♪♫ by Chander Davis

DRUM THERAPY RECOGNIZED: I have recently learned that the monthly therapeutic drum circle I do at the Lincoln County Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse’s Ken Trueman Recovery Center has been certified by the Lincoln County Drug Court as eligible to be counted as meeting the treatment group requirements for drug court clients.

HAND DRUMMING, Tuesday, January 10 and 24, in Newport: I have been asked to schedule two more hand percussion workshops this month and there is room for one or two more participants. These are informal collaborative sessions. All skill levels, various drum types and musical styles and genres. Beginners learn basic techniques and rhythms; advanced participants can work on performance skills and gain performance experience. More dates can be added if there’s enough interest. By reservation: chandler@chandlerdavis.com or 541-272-4615.

HOLIDAY DRUM PRICES EXTENDED: Jan Weathers (of the Waldport Drum Circle) is extending the special holiday discounts on her large selection of djembes through January for drum circle members. (See “Deal$ on Drums”, below). Contact janiceweathers@netzero.net or 541-547-4545.

Next Regular Newport Drum Circle
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012: 2:00 – 4:00 PM…
in the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.
(“Winter” schedule – every second Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – through April!)

Check out the Drumming Calendar by clicking here to keep reading:

JANUARY EVENTS
If you have a drumming event, ongoing drum circle, classes or other drum-circle related events send me your information by the second Tuesday of the prior month and I will pass it along at no charge to our large and rapidly growing mailing list (currently more than 525 readers) and to key media outlets .It is up to you to update your listings in a timely manner: I do not send schedule changes out to the list or to media between scheduled mailings and listings that are not kept up to date will be dropped. It is always a good idea to contact sponsors to verify details before attending any event you are unsure of.

Yachats Drum Circle, every Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. , Yachats Commons. Room 3 (west entrance, off the rear parking lot). Lincoln County’s oldest drum circle. Members of the group also perform as The Rhythm Weavers. Free. Contact larry.dona.nixon@gmail.com to get on the mailing list.

Danny Norton: Catch drum circle ensemble member Danny Norton on drum kit with the Golden Gate Trio at various venues, and with Lozelle Jennings every Wednesday night , 5:30 to-7:30 p.m., at the Green Gables Italian Café, 156 SW Coast Street, at Green Gables Bed & Breakfast. in Nye Beach (use the 2nd Street Café entrance, call 541-574-0986). Watch for him on bass with the Purple Cats blues band.

Clean Slate Duo (Gary Brooker & Vallorie Hodges), every Friday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Green Gables Italian Café, 156 SW Coast Street, at Green Gables Bed & Breakfast. in Nye Beach (use the 2nd Street Café entrance, call 541-574-0986). Golden Gate Trio (Gary and Vallorie with Danny Norton), every Thursday, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Drift Inn, in Yachats (call 541-547-4477). These long time drum circle members and supporters are all over the place, so also watch the local listings. See their website at www.bluesic.com with a special page donated to the drum circle. See our video, produced by Gary and Vallorie’s full-service Oregon Coast Recording, on YouTube (search “Drum Circle Newport Oregon”).Pick up the drum circle’s album, Thunder & Lightness, recorded live at Oregon Coast Recording, at any drum circle event.

Rodney Turner, drum circle member and professional percussionist is performing all over the county and beyond. Catch him first and third Tuesdays at the Snug Harbor Bar & Grill Jam Session, in Lincoln City, from 9:00 to midnight, with Steve Sloan. He also appears with Sloan on Thursdays, 9:00 to midnight, at Roadhouse 101, and most Sundays, at Lincoln City’s Nauti Mermaid, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Roadhouse 101 is at 4649 SW Hwy 101, 541-994-7729; Snug Harbor is at 5001 SW Hwy 101 in the Taft District; The Nauti Mermaid is at 1343 NW Hwy 101, next to Birkenstock Shoes, 541-614-1001.

NUTS: Newport Ukulele Tune Strummers, Wednesday, January 4 (first Wednesdays), 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Red Lotus Music, 425 SW Coast Hwy Ukulele clubs, like drum circles, encourage community and provide access to participation for people without extensive musical training. Newport fabric artist (and professional clown) Tash Wesp and Evans Longstreet, multi-instrumentalist and owner of Newport’s Red Lotus Music, facilitate the meetings and the music store, on the east side of Hwy 10l in downtown Newport, offers convenient parking and plenty of room. Beginners are welcome, loaner ukuleles are available, Free (donations accepted). Contact Red Lotus at 541-574-0406 or evans@redlotusmusic.net

Waldport Drum Circle (first Thursdays) is on hiatus. Watch for a new schedule of Waldport drum circles in February! Contact janiceweathers@netzero.net

New Schedule! Drum Some Drum Circle, Friday, January 6 (every first Friday), 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Florence group – now in its third year – is changing its schedule from twice monthly to once a month. We have greatly appreciated the Florence folks’ support and participation in Newport Drum Circle activities and consider them part of the local drumming community. They move their sessions around a lot, so it’s best to get on their mailing list to keep up with them. Contact facilitator Key Krecker at keybythesea@me.com, or co-facilitator Marlena Armstrong at ifnotnow.zenwhat@yahoo.com

Waldport Ukulele Club, Monday, January 9 (second and fourth Mondays), 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Waldport Community Center (the red brick building just west of the fire station on Alsea Hwy). Drum circle atmosphere. A donation of $1 is asked to cover building costs. All ages, beginners welcome (but you will need to bring your own ukulele, no loaners are available). Contact janiceweathers@netzero.net

NEWPORT COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE, Saturday, January 14 (every second Saturday), 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Inside the enclosed gazebo at Don Davis Park, at the west end of Olive Street, across from the Performing Arts Center. Free,family friendly; all ages and skill levels. Bring a drum or borrow one of ours. The drum circle presented about 60 free public drumming events last year for church and school organizations, non-profit agencies, residential care facilities, treatment centers, and for community events, but the regularly scheduled sessions at the park still provide the best introduction to the joys and benefits of group drumming.

Ken Trueman Recovery Center, Wednesday, January 18 (third Wednesdays), 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monthly therapeutic drum circle/recovery group geared to both mental health and addiction clients at the Lincoln County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse treatment facility in Newport. Call me in advance to volunteer. (You will be asked to sign a confidentiality oath for the protection of the clients.) 541-272-4615 or chandler@chandlerdavis.com

Cancelled! We were sorry to learn, last month, that the Third Saturday Drum Jam, at WINE 101 in Lincoln City has been discontinued. The event was hosted by Newport Drum Circle ensemble member Mary Zeman, m.zeman.2010@gmail.com

Waldport Ukulele Club, Monday, January 23 (second and fourth Mondays), 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Waldport Community Center (the red brick building just west of the fire station on Alsea Hwy). Drum circle atmosphere. A donation of $1 is asked to cover building costs. All ages, beginners welcome (but you will need to bring your own ukulele, no loaners are available). Contact janiceweathers@netzero.net

NEWPORT DRUM CIRCLE ENSEMBLE: Thunder & Lightness, the drum circle’s ensemble album, is available at Red Lotus Music, in Newport, or at any drum circle event. The professionally produced CD features nine drummers and a rich mixture of traditional and original percussion rhythms, interspersed with the sharply contrasting melodies of Mary-Beth Nickel’s Native American flutes. The Thunder & Lightness Duo, consisting of Chandler and Mary-Beth, which anchored the Second Saturday Drum Jams at Café Mundo and many of our other community events last summer, is the main live performance unit of the ensemble. Many of the other ensemble members (as well as numerous local professional musicians) have also performed with us, however, and other larger configurations are possible for live performances. Contact Chandler at 541-272-4615 or chandler@chandlerdavis.com .

RHYTHM CONNECTIONS, Therapeutic Drum Circles is a non-profit organization, encompassing members of the Newport drum circle, as well as other drum circle participants, professional musicians, and other volunteers • Therapeutic and recreational drum circles for residential care facilities, treatment and wellness centers, schools, church groups, businesses, and other organizations. • Individualized small-group therapeutic drumming to complement treatment for physical and behavioral disorders or to address common barriers to personal growth and development. • Group drumming focused on team building and communications for all ages. • Community drumming events for promotion, fund raising, or just for the fun of it. chandler@chandlerdavis.com or 541-272-4615.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Drumming or drumming related workshops and classes are listed once a month. The deadline is the second Tuesday of the prior month. It is up to you to update your listings in a timely manner: I do not send schedule changes out to the list or to media between scheduled mailings, and listings that are not kept up to date will be dropped. It is always a good idea to contact sponsors to verify details before attending any event you are unsure of.

New Schedule! Belly Dancing with Yemaya. New 12-Week Beginners Class, Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., beginning January 5 at Dance! And All That Jazz, 630 SW Hurbert St.. Advanced Beginners Classes are Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., beginning January 3. Register at 541-224-3538, yemayabellydance@gmail.com or visit her website at www.bellydanceyemaya.com

HAND DRUMMING WORKSHOPS IN NEWPORT (by appointment). Usually second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Space available for January 10 and January 24 sessions!) Informal beginners’ workshops cover basic hand drum techniques and common drum circle rhythms and can be tailored to individual experience and interest. Various drum types, styles, traditions, and genres. More advanced drummers learn performance skills and gain live performance experience in a variety of venues. Cost is $20 (minimum) for two 2-hour sessions, to cover materials. Loaner drums available at no extra charge. Space is very limited; please contact me at least a week in advance at 541-272-4615 or chandler@chandlerdavis.com

Advanced West African Drumming Class with Mamadou Thioub, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., South Beach Community Center (across from Fishtails). Master Drummer in the Griot tradition, from Senegal. Serious drumming focused on traditional West African rhythms, songs, and culture. $20. Call first, 541-765-2830 or thioubpercu@yahoo.com .

Beginners’ West African Drumming with Mamadou & Abdoulaye Thioub, every Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., South Beach Community Center. Master Drummers from Senegal. I studied with Mamadou and I strongly recommend these classes if you want to make a serious commitment and focus on traditional African drumming. $10 + $5 drum rental. Call first, 541-765-2830 or thioubpercu@yahoo.com

New! Percussion Workshops in Florence, January 20 (third Fridays), 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Florence drum circle facilitator Key Krecker and co-facilitator Marlena Armstrong will begin offering monthly “Percussion Playshops” beginning on Friday, January 20 with a session focused on frame drums. Key indicated they plan to focus each session on a particular instrument, theme, or culture. By appointment only: Contact Key at drumsome@me.com, or Marlena at ifnotnow.zenwhat@yahoo.com

Conga Lessons in Lincoln City (by appointment). Bob Wahlke at Surf’s Up Music in Lincoln City is a professional drummer and percussionist who provides conga lessons and usually has congas in stock at decent prices. Visit the store at 1400 Northeast 11th Street, or call 541-614-0352.

DEAL$ ON DRUMS
If you have a used or new hand drum or other percussion to sell that is suitable for a drum circle, send one jpeg photo (if you wish), a brief description, and your contact information. There’s no charge for local private sellers or for Lincoln County commercial sellers if the item is offered at a legitimate drum circle discount. We also would very much appreciate any donations of new or old drums that we can share with folks who want to participate in the drum circle, but don’t have a drum of their own!!

SPECIAL PRICES EXTENDED!! Jan Weathers (of the Waldport Drum Circle) is extending her special holiday discounts through January for drum circle members. These are good quality djembes that she bought as a humanitarian gesture after the tsunami in Indonesia several years ago. Small djembes are still priced at $90, but she is marking down her medium sized drums from $169 to $125 and the larger drums, which she has been selling for $225, are now marked down to $175. She has other African style drums at similar prices. Contact janiceweathers@netzero.net or 541-547-4545.

Master Drummer Mamadou Thioub, local teacher, performer, and drum builder, from Senegal, has agreed to offer a 10% DISCOUNT on his authentic handmade African djembes to drum circle members/participants! You can buy a good quality drum for less, but Mamadou’s drums, available in a range of sizes and designs, are at the pinnacle of quality and craft. I’ve played one for years and the pleasure of owning it and looking at it almost equals the pleasure of playing it. Mamadou also has other types and sizes of African drums and clothing. thioubpercu@yahoo.com or 541-765-2830.

Buy Local! We also encourage everyone to support our local retail outlets that support and endorse the drum circle. In particular, we highly recommend RED LOTUS MUSIC. It’s the Newport shop that professional musicians trust, a serious music store run by a serious musician. Evans has been a supporter of the drum circle since it began and, as many of our members will attest, he carries a line of high quality, reasonably priced traditional djembes and a good rotating selection of smaller drums and exotic world percussion instruments. He can special-order, offer reliable professional advice and expertise, and often match or beat online deals. JAMBO WORLD CRAFTS, on the Bayfront, has also been supportive of the drum circle. They carry imported traditional djembes in various sizes and there is a rotating selection of exotic world percussion. Quality is uneven, but prices are often well below online.

Chandler

In life and in music, everyone has something to contribute to the groove!

For newcomers: Experience community! The Newport Community Drum Circle is an ad hoc rhythm jam session and communal celebration, now in its fourth year at Don Davis Park, in Nye Beach. It’s free and family-friendly (no drugs or alcohol); all ages, skill levels, and acoustic instruments are welcome. There are usually drums or small percussion instruments to borrow for those who don’t have one (please bring extra drums, if you have them). The drum circle is facilitated, but loosely structured. We typically attract two to three dozen participants (up to more than 50), both locals and visitors. Regular participants have ranged in age from toddlers to nonagenarians, and represent every social and economic stratum. To see our video, go to YouTube.com and enter “Drum Circle Newport Oregon” in the search box. Contact Chandler to order copies of the drum circle CD. (Reply to get on or off the e-mail list.)

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Chandler Davis
Mail: 437 NE 1st Street
Newport OR 97365-2839
NEW PHONE: 541-272-4615
Reply to: chandler@chandlerdavis.com

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