Newark Community Drum Circle/Rhythm Jam
held outdoors or indoors, depending on weather, at:
Boylan Street Recreation Center - more info » (click for google map and directions)
916 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ 07106 - (973) 733-8947
SUMMER DATES, July – Sept 2009
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 PM (60 min)
July 8, 22, 29
Aug 5,12,19, 22 (skip 8/26)
Sept 2, 9
Saturdays 12 noon – 1:30 PM (90 min)
July 11, 25
Aug 1, 8, 15 (skip 8/29)
Sept 5, 12
Come play with us and share the communal spirit, energy, and joy of drumming together! Have fun, get inspired and empowered, release stress, improve your mood, express your music and spirituality, celebrate! We encourage creativity and community building through listening to each other, improvising, and respecting each member's contribution. Bring your instruments if you have them, but we'll have extra for you! Come and get yer ya ya's out! All are welcome to this summer’s rhythmical events, regardless of age, background, or musical abilities - no experience necessary to participate in this scientific evidence-based activity which fosters self-expression and produces transformation.
What to bring: your enthusiasm, your friends, your family members, whatever instruments you may have, not just drums, but "small timbre" also: bells, shakers, tambourines, kalimbas, wood blocks, claves. "found sound:" pot lids, wooden spoons, plastic or wooden bowls or plates, extra sticks for striking bells or wooden blocks, even chopsticks or knitting needles, empty plastic (water or clean) bottles of all sizes, bottles or thermoses with ridges, hair picks for playing the ridges, metal spoons, house keys or something that jingles, upside down pail or wastebasket (as drum), empty tubing; if indoors, earplugs if you're sensitive to noise levels. Chairs provided. Bring sunhats, sunscreen - weather permitting, we'll be outdoors!
What is a Community Drum Circle? It is a rhythmical event where all are welcome regardless of age, experience or rhythmical ability. We encourage creativity and community building through listening to each other, improvising, and respecting each member's contribution. We use multi-cultural drums (you may see African djembes or djun djuns, Brazilian serdos or cuicas, Egyptian dumbeks, Irish hand drums, Indian tablas, Korean and other cultures represented), as well as shakers, wood instruments like claves, bells, tambourines, whistles, boomwhackers (what's a boomwhacker? Come and find out!), and homemade instruments (see "what to bring" below). Some facilitation usually happens, to keep newcomers listening for the groove and to help people find the beat or give them simple rhythms to start playing. Much of the time, it goes on its own. There are drum circles which play only culturally specific rhythms, and although we use some traditional rhythms (and welcome and need good drummers!), we don't limit ourselves to them.
Benefits: scientific evidence-based): releasing stress, ice breaking, improving mood and immune system response, raising morale, invigorating minds and bodies, enhancing clarity and focus, developing team-building, developing group cooperation and integrity, building individual and group confidence, stimulating creativity and risk taking, fostering self-expression, musicality and spirituality, transformation, creating community spirit and camaraderie, having fun, celebrating life!
Drum Circle Facilitator Joni Wellness is a Newark resident, has been facilitating drum circles and empowering community voices through rhythm making since 2001. She was a dancer, including jazz, modern and African, is a master yogi and Wellness Trainer see more about her on her bio page, and throughout the site.
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I’ve recently found that there are MANY other drum circles going on in Newark, without a central place to find event info – please send me links, and schedules, or at least post them to the blog!! Let’s close the event info gap!