Roots of Cuba 9

A Level 2 percussion course

We hope the situation has improved sufficiently in order for us to run module 3. We are taking bookings for this module but of course a full refund will be issued in the event it need to be postponed due to Govt advice.

It is also possible that there may be Govt restrictions on the numbers that can gather in a group, in which case, we would run the courses with the students that have booked in date order, until we reach the maximum permitted.

Modules 1 & 2 (of 6) of this Roots of Cuba have been completed. However, there are some spaces available for people to join the group on module 3 (30th June – 4th July 2021). Please contact us for more details if you’re interested in attending

Roots of Cuba

Course type: Residential

Hours of study: 30 per module

Tuition by Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya

The aim of the course is to provide all participants with a solid grounding in a wide range of percussion instruments and rhythms from Cuba, to enrich knowledge, ability and understanding of musical concepts and to develop skills of experienced players.

Participants become a closed group which individuals appreciate as it encourages their own development. This course is designed in a similar way to the Afrobrazilian Percussion Studies course in regard to its intensity of study and entrance level.

Please telephone us if you’d like to discuss your suitability for this course – 07833 377 432

The course has a structure of 6 modules of 5 days study at a time. Each module is approx. 3 to 4 months apart. We focus primarily on the traditional styles of drumming from Cuba including bata drums, cajones (boxes), congas (popular & folkloric), shekeres.

We also work with percussion instruments used in popular music including timbales, bongos, guiro & maracas.

As well as playing techniques we’ll learn the roles played by different instruments in an ensemble, study a range of music styles from Havana, Matanzas & Santiago, and work on soloing. We’ll also learn songs for a number of different styles. There is a lot of study on congas with exercises for developing independence & co-ordination.

Roots of Cuba

Studies include Rumba (different styles), Bata, percussion played in Salsa, Congo, (Palo, Makuta, Yuka), Toques de Guiro (shekeres), Bembe, Iyesa, Arara, Songo, Guarapachangeo (mixing congas, cajones & Bata), Mozambique and Conga de Comparsa.

Participants should bring their own instruments where possible. OVM has some instruments which can be borrowed for the course but we must know in advance if you require any from us

This is an intensive, full-immersion course residential course with 30 hours of tuition per module, within a supportive learning environment, that will help you quickly get inside the heart and soul of the music.

Roots of Cuba

Each module runs from Wednesday evening to Sunday lunchtime. Arrive from 6 pm on Wednesday. The workshop ends at on Sunday after lunch. Participants need to depart by 4 pm on Sunday. Full details will be sent on registration.

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Thurso Centre, Felden Lodge, Felden Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 0BL

For Sat Nav users please use the postcode HP3 0BB as this will bring you to the front door.

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Each module runs from 6 pm Weds to 3 pm on Sun.

Module 1: 13th – 17th Nov 2019 – completed
Module 2: 4th – 8th March 2020 – completed
Module 3: 30th June – 4th July 2021
Module 4: 22nd – 26th September 2021
Module 5: TBC – 2022
Module 6: TBC – 2022

There’s a deadline for an Early Bird Rate after which the Standard Rate applies (all inclusive).

Cost for Module 3
£285 – Early Bird Rate (deadline is 19/5/21).
£310 – Standard Rate

To qualify for the Early Bird rate, please make a payment in full or pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 by 21/5/20 and the balance of £235 by 16/6/21.

The deadline for all module 3 registrations is 16/6/21.

Costs are inclusive of accommodation, food, tuition, scores & administration. Accommodation is based on shared rooms of 2, 3 or 4 people.

The costs above are for payments received by bank transfer or cheque. Payments by Credit & Debit cards will incur an additional charge of 3.5%.

If you’re already in the group, you don’t need to fill in a booking form again.

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