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3 Week Drum Course – Elliott Orr

Friday 1, 8 and 15 October

Beginners 6.30-8.20pm
Intermediate/Advanced 7.35-9.45pm.

West End Croquet Club Community Hall, Musgrave Park. 91 Cordelia St, South Brisbane (plenty of off-street parking)

$52.50 (includes either first two sessions or second and third sessions for the three weeks) Or $20 casually.

$67.50 (includes all three sessions) Or $25 casually.

Drum hire is $5 per week. Drums are also available to buy – or make your own drum with Elliott!

Reply to info@talkinthedrum.com.au or call 0407 372 554.

Please provide your full name, mobile number, email address, whether you need to hire a drum and which course you intend to do.

Drum and Dance Workshop

Saturday 11 September 12 PM drumming, 2 PM dance.

Perigian Beach Community House, 255 David Low Way, Peregian

All the sunny coast drummers out there…. this one is for you!

Josie and Elliot are coming up to do both a drum and dance workshop

Their very good friends Curly and Sandy have organised a session for their students  but everyone is welcome. Curly and Sandy used to live up in Yeppoon and for many years ran sessions with their students up there. Now they’ve relocated to the Sunny Coast and have set up drumming classes their too. Elliott says “They are the coolest and sweetest couple you’ll ever meet and in these sessions on the 11th you’ll certainly learn rhythm and dance and also laugh lots too!!”

A bunch of northern folk have been asking Elliot when he will be  coming back up to teach on the coast, so here it is. Please come out to support this session – who knows, it might become a regular thing.

They will be teaching the rhythm and dance to Nyanza, a water spirit song that Chris Berry recently taught them as part of the Banakuma Ceremony.

Check the attached flier for all the details – but here are the basic things you need to know

$25 for one session or $40 for both.

Get in touch with Curly and Sandy 5471 2797 for further info and bookings.

6 week Drum Course with Elliot Orr

Of Senegalese origin, Pape will bring his brother and son who are both accomplished musicians. These classes will be open to all. These guys are performing with their band at Brisbane Festival’s ‘Into Africa’ on Sat 25th Sept.


Fridays beginning Aug 20th, 27th, Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th.

Session 1  6.30-7.15

Session 2  7.35-8.20

Session 3  8.45-9.45

Tea & coffee provided in the breaks.


The West End Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia St, South Brisbane. (Right at the intersection of Glenelg St)

Off street parking is available at the hall from 6.15pm.

This course will focus on the rhythm Nyanza which is the  WATER rhythm of the latest Banakuma (sacred collection of rhythms) that Chris Berry taught earlier this year. It’s a very beautiful and trance-like rhythm with an energising song.

The Friday evening is broken into 3 sessions. Payment includes 2 sessions. The first and second are for beginners and the second and third are for intermediate drummers. The first session is devoted to entry beginner drummers who are discovering how to find the bass, tone and slap on a djembe. it is paced at a comfortable, easy going pace.  More advanced drummers are welcome though and  will be stretched accordingly. The overlapping session is for all levels and focusses on the actual rhythms contained in the piece. The third session is for intermediate drummers,  ready to learn the more advanced aspects of the piece.

FOR BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION CONTACT: info@talkinthedrum.com.au or call Elliott 0407 372 554

Sounds of Singchronicity July 2010

What a big month we have coming up, with choirs, festivals, workshops, kirtans, concerts and drumming.

Tony Backhouse, Brian Martin, Terry Oldfield, Chris James and Elliot Orr just to name a few!

Click here to download Sounds of Singchronicity July 10

Talkin The Drum – New Venue

Drum Courses start this week!

A message to my readers from Elliott Orr

Hi one and all! & Hi to the one in all!
Finally, after a few months of having no venue in which to teach my regular community classes (due to noise complaints at Kurilpa Hall)  I am ready to get crackalacken once again this Friday the 2nd July.
And yes, I know….. a little more notice would have been helpful…… But we’ve had issues with the website, a bandwidth limitation that has now been lifted – phew! So please accept my humble apologies for not having told you before now. If you would like to join the course, but can’t this Friday, then no worries, just jump in next week and I promise to cover this weeks material then so you can catch up (in which case you would pay the casual rate).

Here are all the details folks:
I’m trying a new format and I’ll be very keen to see what people think about it……. Your feedback is most welcome.
There are two levels. The first is Technique/Beginners and the second is Beginners/Intermediate. I will be teaching both groups over three sessions on Friday nights. The two groups overlap for the middle session. The basic cost is for session one and two, or session two and three.

6.30-7.15  Technique/Beginners – Focus is on getting good sounds without hurting your hands.

7.30-8.15  Techique/Beginners AND Beginners/Intermediate – In this session I will teach the actual rhythm of the course. In this course I will be teaching Dimbe and possibly Nyanza which Chris Berry recently taught at Camp Banakuma.

8.30-9.30  Beginners/Intermediate – Focus on calls, intro’s, bridges, advanced versions of the parts, solo’s, doundoun parts etc.

Where do you fit in……?
I believe it is crutially important that when people first begin playing djembe there be some focus on the actual technique involved. It is very easy to develop bad habits in regards to how your hands touch the skin and extremely difficult to change such habits. Needless to say, one’s technique can always be improved so I would encourage people to stay focussed on developing good technique throughout their playing.
So…… if you are brand new to the world of drumming, or if you have played for a while but not had any formal instruction, or if you acknowledge that your technique could do with some attention – then definately come to the first two sessions.

If you have already done a course with me or another good djembe teacher then I’m happy to leave it up to you; self-select! So while you are definately welcome to change gears by joining the Beginners/Intermediate group and do the second and third session, you may well decide to keep the whole mission of learning to play these crazy instruments more easily achievable – learning to play djembe is not race, it is not a competition and the longer you spend on the basics the easier you’ll pick up complex rhythms later. The only destination I can see is happiness, so you can arrive here before you even touch the drum!

Finally, if you have done a course before I would encourage you to do all three sessions. That’s two and half hours of drumming!!

Dates and Times – Friday nights July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Tech/Beg 6.30-8.15pm Beg/Int 7.30-9.30pm.

Venue – West End Croquet Club Community Hall, Musgrave Park. 91 Cordelia St, South Brisbane (plenty of parking)

Cost – $87.50 (includes either first two sessions or second and third sessions. Or $20 casually.

– $110 (includes all three sessions) Or $25 casually.

– drum hire is $5 per week.

Booking process – Reply to info@talkinthedrum.com.au or call 0407 372 554. Please provide your full name, mobile number, email address, whether you need to hire a drum and which course you intend to do.

If you are unsure of anything then don’t hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you in the circle.

Much love,


Salaka is back in Brisbane

Kids Drum, Drum & Dance (One Day Intensive)

Saturday 9 May

Venue to be advised

Talkin’ the Drum and Dance Roots are proud to announce that Salaka will be hitting Brisbane once again to share their funky moves and grooves – are you ready?!!!?
Last year we had a couple of fantastic workshops with the group; much fun was had by all. Not just one teacher, but 5. And these guys are the ‘real deal’, touring here from Ghana, bringing the magic of African rhythm and dance to our doorstep. All levels welcome, please come and support these guys and yourself!!

KIDS DRUM: 10am – 10.45am

ages 7 – 12 $15/child (drums supplied)

DRUM: 11am – 1pm

DANCE: 1.15pm – 3.15pm

COST: $25 – one class

$40 – both classes

VENUE: To be advised

Stompin @ Hi Fi

Saturday March 13

Dedicated to dance

Camp Bana Kuma

12th -18th April 2010

Woolumbin Valley Farm

Northern NSW

“Talkin’ the Drum” takes great pleasure in presenting the first Bana Kuma camp in Australia & hosting Chris Berry, a true musical alchemist & master of the mbira, djembe and marimba. Their approach is organic, our hearts open & our intention is share our skills, knowledge & passion in a relaxed yet intensive manner. We wish to create a village for 7 days, at the heart of which is drumming, marimba, dance, spirit & joy!!! We invite & encourage you to play and learn this new ancient music!!!!