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Djembe Explore! with Caton Lyles (Saturdays, 12:00pm - 1:15pm)



Djembe Explore! – Beginning djembe. Covers hand technique (bass, tone, slap), basic rhythms, and intro to dununs (the bass drums) in a low-pressure setting. You will explore the polyrhythmic patterns of West Africa, learn supporting/accompaniment rhythm, as well as the breaks, signals and arrangements for traditional West African rhythms. Teachers will also discuss origins, context, and culture in this Ongoing/Drop-in group lesson. Bring your own Djembe. Dununs will be provided. Taught by Caton Lyles. $20


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Covers hand technique (bass, tone, slap), basic rhythms, and intro to dununs (the bass drums) in a low-pressure setting. You will explore the polyrhythmic patterns of West Africa, learn supporting/accompaniment rhythm, as well as the breaks, signals and arrangements for traditional West African rhythms. Teachers will also discuss origins, context, and culture in this Ongoing/Drop-in group lesson.
Materials Included: Dununs will be provided.
Instructor: Caton Lyles
Instructor Bio: Caton Lyles is an accomplished Pacific Northwest artist who is a night club and concert favorite. As an instructor for many years, Caton's performance experience as a musician and actor has engaged and enriched the community. For over 30 years he continues to be a dance accompanist often working with several school districts, world-renowned choreographers and dance educators. While specializing in traditional West African and Afro-Cuban styles of hand drumming, he was the accompanying and lead djembe drummer for nearly 20 years with the internationally acclaimed Northwest Afrikan-American Ballet.
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Djembe Explore! with Caton Lyles (Saturdays, 12:00pm - 1:15pm)

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