Roots of Cuba 8

A Level 2 percussion course

A new course of six modules will started in January 2018. However, you may stil be able to join the group in module 2 – please contact us for details – 07833 377 432.
Roots of Cuba

Course type: Residential

Hours of study: 30 per module

Tuition by Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya and guest tutors, David Pattman and Vicky Jassey

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

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Each module runs from 6 pm Weds to 2 pm on Sun.

Module 1: 24th to 28th January 2018 – DONE
Module 2: 9th to 13th May 2018
Module 3: 5th to 9th September 2018
Module 4: 23rd to 27th January 2019
Module 5: 8th to 12th May 2019
Module 6: 25th to 29th September 2019

There are two payment options, per whole course with a single payment for all 6 modules or per individual module. There’s a deadline for an Early Bird Rate after which the Standard Rate applies (all inclusive).

Per Individual Module
£265 – Early Bird Rate (deadline is 28/3/18)
£295 – Standard Rate

The deadline for all module 2 registrations is 25/4/18.

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%.

Registration & Enquiries
Please contact us for a booking form or if you require more details about the course.

Tel: 0843 289 9530
Mob: 07833 377 432

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