March 01 - March 03

The Art & Spirit of Drumming: Women Making Joyful Music
Ubaka Hill

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Connect with your inner rhythm and authentic self-expression through the magic of the drum.

Make a joyful noise with one of Rowe’s most popular teachers!  Ubaka’s spirited and engaging guidance provides the beginning and intermediate drummer with a foundation in the universal language of drumsong. 



The root of drumsong is intuitive, inspired by the rhythmic drumming traditions of North and West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, American jazz, and shamanism. Infusing her workshops with humor, grace, and wisdom, Ubaka has the ability to make drumming easily accessible to all who want to feel their own voices through the voices of drums and to help each student learn at her own pace.

Above all, drumming is fun!  Expect to have the time of your life as you bask in the energizing, unifying, and revitalizing effects of individual and group improvisation. You’ll explore ways to develop and improve your technique, breathing, posture, concentration, and physical dexterity. You’ll learn drum etiquette and discover how to acquire, maintain, and tune a drum.  All drums, rattles, singing bowls and melodic instruments are welcome.  


Ubaka Hill began drumming professionally with a local jazz group when she was 18. An authentically original and energetic performer, she is also a composer, songwriter, recording artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and visual artist who plays ube and djembe drums, gongs, rattles, didgeridoo, and singing bowls. Ubaka and ShapeShifters, her multicultural professional ensemble, have released several CDs, including Dance the Spiral Dance and Beyond The Wind. She founded and curates the Drumsong Institute Museum and Archive of Women’s Drumming Traditions of North America.

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