Hands-On Drumming Circle

All Souls Unitarian Church

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In a Nutshell

Musician and activist Kristen Arant invites you into a group circle to chant and embrace the therapeutic power of West African drumming

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 8, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Reservations required. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 10 participants or subject to cancellation. No value after date & time have passed. Must be 21 or older. Gratuity included. Comfortable clothes and shoes, required. Short skirts not recommended. Plastic bottle required. By completing your purchase, you agree that the email address you provide will be shared with SideTour for marketing purposes and as described in SideTour’s Privacy Policy. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $35 for one admission to a group rhythm and drumming workshop with musician Kristen Arant
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

The event will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church.

Each event is capped at 30 purchasers.

What You’ll Do

The sound of a drum playing a constant heartbeat draws you to a standing, where you’ll meet workshop leader and musician Kristen Arant. Kristen uses non-verbal cues to assign you a specific rhythm, which you’ll perform by stomping, clapping, and tapping your body. While each participant performs their unique rhythm, all of the sounds in the room merge to form the backbone of a group polyrhythmic chant. As the session continues, Kristen teaches the class how to incorporate West African drums and other percussive instruments into rhythmic patterns.

  • Find Your Rhythm
    Kristen assigns participants a unique rhythm that they’ll perform by stomping, clapping, and tapping their bodies. She then encourages everyone to add words and sound patterns to create a group chant.

  • Meet the Group
    After the polyrhythmic chant, everyone introduces themselves and listens to the history of a drum.

  • An Expanding Soundscape
    Kristen teaches more rhythms and demonstrates how to play shakers, bells, and African drums.

  • Make an Instrument
    Use provided beans and a plastic bottle brought from home to make a shaker; you may also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a drum.

Your Host

Kristen Arant Kristen Arant
Community-Building Musician

Music has always been a source of strength for Kristen Arant. During her teenage years, she played the oboe as an outlet for her anxiety, and in college she received a gift that would connect her to the rest of world: a drum. She used that drum and other percussion instruments to lead protest rallies, form drum groups, and teach the therapeutic benefits of West African drumming to others. Kristen has won many grants for these efforts, and she’s garnered media attention as the subject of the documentary Drum Lady.

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    All Souls Unitarian Church

    1500 Harvard St. NW

    Washington, DC 20009

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