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Drum Fire - Tuesday 26 May

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Drum Fire
Drum Fire was a creative percussion project, led by Bahia-born percussionist and composer Claudio Kron do BRAZIL, who visited York during the month of May to work with and inspire a new generation of creative musicians.

Fourteen young people, aged 9-17, were selected from across the music programmes at local social enterprise, Tang Hall SMART, for their interest in diverse drumming styles. These young people, along with Sue Williamson (musician, educator and founder of Tang Hall SMART), collaborated with Claudio through practical workshops, exploring some of the traditional rhythmic patterns used in Brazilian music and using these rhythms as the basis for new ensemble compositions. This freshly-formed ensemble provided opportunities for young musicians of varying experience levels to come together and create music with different layers of complexity, allowing each person to contribute at their own level of challenge. The fruits of these creative workshops were shared through an informal showcase performance at the National Centre for Early Music on 26 May 2015, at which siblings and friends were also invited to get up on stage and join in, in true carnival spirit!

Participants reported getting a great deal from the project, musically, personally and socially:
  • "I liked learning and playing new instruments and hearing about their origins"
  • "Meeting new people and using new instruments was a great thing"
  • "It was all fun, especially learning about different cultures"
  • "I loved trying out the different rhythms - things I never heard before"
  • "I wish we could have had even more time to learn more and more rhythms. I love this!"
The project also provided opportunities for emerging music leaders. Jack Keegan, a student at York St John University, benefited from the chance to develop his music leadership skills, through practical work experience and mentoring from established professionals.

Drum Fire developed out of the Music4U Creativity Project and was run as part of the Music4U programme - a Youth Music funded collaboration between the National Centre for Early Music and local authority partners in York, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, which seeks to enable young people in challenging circumstances to access and progress through high quality music-making opportunities.

Drum Fire - Excerpt 1

Drum Fire - Excerpt 2

Drum Fire - Improvised solos