Drumming can be a metaphor for any challenge or opportunity in life. It has the power to energize, relax, motivate, educate, heal, unite and inspire.
Community drumming is an extraordinary dialogue that connects us with our world, our neighbors and ourselves.
Come to celebrate life, honor the season or simply create some positive vibes in this high-energy, experiential playshop. Participants will be instructed on the basics of how (and what) to drum in a group and allowed plenty of room to improvise within this facilitated drum circle. Almost anything goes.
Drummers & dancers of all ages, genders and abilities are always welcome. No prior experience is necessary or expected. Bring your favorite instrument or share one of ours. Some extra drums and percussion will be available.
Mark Zarrillo is a versatile drummer, percussionist, drum circle leader and sound therapy practitioner. He holds an M.A. in Humanities from SUNY at Buffalo, has traveled to Guinea for a drumming and culture intensive, and is a trained HealthRHYTHMS® facilitator. Mark draws upon his rich knowledge of West African music and culture, as well as over forty years of drumming experience, in helping others express their own rhythmic spirit.
His most influential teachers include: George Dragone, Howard Zwickler, Charles Keil, Michael Markus, Aly Tachöl Camara, Yamoussa Camara and Alisco Diabate. Mark’s diverse performance background ranges from The International Festival of Arts & Ideas with the West African troupe Baafila to kirtan with international recording artist Wah!
Mark has been organizing rhythm-centric events throughout Connecticut since 2005.