In the South Indian music tradition, kanda nadai indicates a flow pattern with 5 sub-divisions per beat. This new improvised solo video for the month of May features one of my closest companions of many years, a Cooperman 20-inch frame drum. I’ve had the pleasure of playing and endorsing Cooperman Drums for a number of […]

Back to Montréal after a fabulous time in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, for the very first ‘Bodhran and Beyond’. Such a lovely time with event master-minds Ken Shorley and Heidi Kalyani– beautiful people, wonderful hosts. Sincere thanks to both of them. I also had a great time playing with Mark Currie, most excellent bodhran player from […]

Exciting, yes! I will be joining my good friend Ken Shorley for a very special gathering on November 10th. From traditional to contemporary, from the East Coast to the Middle East, ‘Bodhran and Beyond’ is a day of workshops as well as a special concert featuring three instructors/ performers: Celtic bodhran master Mark Currie; event master-mind, frame drummer & most excellent composer Ken Shorley; and myself. Ever wished you could have a 360-degree, hands-on panorama of what playing the bodhran is all about? November 10th is the date, Wolfville NS is the place!
Special thanks to Cooperman Drums and Timpano-Percussion for providing some excellent instruments for use and purchase during the event.

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wow. Too much fun in one weekend at this year’s NAFDA gathering in Grafton, Vermont. Beautiful village, wonderful people, great music-making… and the cheese, oh, the cheese. Heartfelt thanks to the Cooperman clan, for such warm hospitality and generous support. Looking forward to the next chance to do this again!

I am excited to be teaching and performing this summer at the NAFDA North 5, in Vermont, USA. I have attended several of these events, and they are very memorable experiences, for the artists and the attendees alike.
This year’s frame drum festival features a host of artists, including N. Scott Robinson, Todd Roach, Shane Shanahan, Yshai Afterman, and others. Hosted by Cooperman Drums of Vermont, the festival will include wide-ranging workshops for all levels of players, intimate evening concerts, a Cooperman factory tour, and hiking opportunities in a beautiful area of the state.
For more info, including fees and how to sign-up, visit the NAFDA site here.

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