Sunday the 5th of March 2006: Tugu Drum Circle Celebrates it’s 3rd Anniversary!
Sunday the 5th of March
5.30pm – 8.30pm
@ the landscaped area below Tugu Peringatan Negara in the Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.
“We know that rhythm is the soul of life. Every cell in your body and mine is in constant frequency, in rhythm. Everything that we do is in rhythm. So that music, it attracts, it energizes every cell in our body”
– Babatunde Olatunji (Founding father of Drum Circles in the West)
“Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American Physicist, Person of the 20th Century
Hello All Apanauts,
Tugu Drum Circle celebrates it’s 3rd Anniversary on Sunday the 5th of March 5.30pm – 8.30pm at the landscaped area below Tugu Peringatan Negara in the Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.
We would like to invite all of you to attend a simple get to gether to celebrate this event. Bring a drum, something to shake, bang or rattle or a non amplified musical instrument or just come along and dance! Hope to see you all on Sunday, make a picnic or family outing of it and enjoy!
Tugu Drum Circle is a gathering of drummers, percussionists and like minded people who would like to share their love and passion for playing drums and percussion. Our aim is promote playing drums and percussion to society at large, bringing people together from all walks of life thereby facillitating in building stronger community spirit by making music together. We see ourselves doing community service by creating a space for anyone to come along, learn basic drum skills and technique at the same time making music as group. We also like to have loads of fun.
We meet every Sunday at the lanscaped area below Tugu Peringatan Negara (National Monument) in the Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur from 5.30/6pm to 8.30pm or later depending on the energy levels.
Come and Join us, It’s free! Remember all good things in life are free!
Peace, Joy, Love and Happiness always be with you
Drum Circles are not a new thing and we don’t claim to be the best. We are the only drum circle in Kuala Lumpur and we just like to share. So here’s a little info about Drum Circles written by Arthur Hull a person who has tirelesly promoted drum circles around the world. He claims that it is an American phenomenon, however I beg to differ coming from a region with much drum and percussion culture.
What is a Community Drum Circle?
by Arthur Hull
According to Mickey Har(Drummer for the Grateful Dead)t: “The Drum Circle is a huge jam session. The ultimate goal is not precise rhythmic articulation or perfection of patterned structure, but the ability to entrain and reach the state of a group mind. It is built on cooperation in the groove, but with little reference to any classic styles. So this is a work in constant progress, a phenomenon of the new rhythm culture emerging here in the West.”
The Community Drum Circle, in the context of how we are using it within our non-professional hand drumming culture, is the most basic and simple use of the drum and rhythm. It is the use of a rhythm based event as a tool for unity. A community drum circle in the United States is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order share their spirit by entraining rhythmically as a percussion ensemble.
They empower each other in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. Everyone who comes and participates has something to offer the circle, and any one is welcome. The spirit and magic of rhythm expressed on drums and percussion instruments cuts through all ages, sexes, religions, races and cultures.
“Rhythm,” as Gabriel Roth says, “is the mother tongue.” Rhythm is a universal language known to every one, even the youngest child, if we can just “remember.” So in a very objective, yet beautiful way, an interactive rhythm event puts us all on an equal footing with each other and brings us closer together. Co-operation and collaboration is the basic glue to a community. A community drum circle is a collaboratively self organized musical event created, “in the moment,” by all the people who participate. When we, as a community, drum together, sharing our spirit in the form of rhythm, it changes our relationships for the positive.
As we play together, we give ourselves a rhythmical massage, an a emotional release and a healing. The release and healing is different for every person that is in the rhythm circle, and it happens whether we are entraining ourselves into the circle by drumming, or standing outside the circle and listening while tapping our feet and clapping along with the music. To make beautiful music together, with rhythm instruments, all we have to do is bring to the circle whatever rhythmical expertise we have to offer, along with the excitement of sharing it with other people.
People of all levels of musical expertise come together in a community drum circle and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. They don”t have to be a drummer to participate. They don’t even have to have a drum. They can play a plastic water bottle turned upside down with the neck cut off. They can shake a soda can with rocks in it or hit two sticks together. It is enough that they are in the circle and participating.
The quality of the music produced in an event like this is not based on the rhythmical expertise of the players, but on the quality of their relationship with the other people in the circle. The result is those magical musical moments where one powerful voice is created out of the many. In those moments, the players stop worrying about keeping time because time, as they know it, has stopped. In its place is a living breathing entity, expressing timeless joy, passion and release through the power of rhythm. That is the beauty of a community drum circle.
Copyright ¬© by Arthur Hull
Arthur Hull’s website drumcircle.com