More and more often a completely different instrument instead of the usual guitar can be noticed in a cheerful company. Percussion drum is becoming more and more popular day by day. Fancy trend? Maybe. But all is much more complicated: the drum is perhaps the world's first musical instrument (the championship is challenged by a no less ancient mysterious didgeridoo). Its beats are heard from the most ancient layer of time. In addition to the ritual significance, the drums were used as a means for transmitting signals over long distances (hello to the Morse code), to maintain morale and for any action, requiring rhythm - be it rowing or troop march. If you think to drum around the campfire with the whole crowd in the 21st century is the lot of backward Indian tribes - you are deeply mistaken. Nowadays, percussion instruments have not lost their meaning. Rather, on the contrary, they are experiencing a rebirth. You will rarely find a summer festival without drum-jam, when a lot of people improvise and create a miracle here and now with their instruments. Often such jams accompany evening fire show or belly dancing. The Wonder City festival is no exception: every evening ends with a drummer, a fire show and general fun.
Drum Jams in the Wonder City
There is a great variety of drums. Most often you will find Turkish or Egyptian darbuka in jams, possibly under another name - tabla or dumbek. Despite its solid history, the darbuk looks quite modern, being most often made of both plastic and metal. But its African clan Djembe is traditionally made from a single piece of wood and with a leather membrane, laced with strings. Of course, you can often see characters in jams with more exotic instruments from different places - from a shaman tambourine to the Indian mridanga. The more diverse the orchestra, the more interesting the song will be. The most pleasant thing about drumming jam is that it is not necessary to be a musician to participate in it. Everyone just starting to play can easily keep a simple rhythm and gradually improve his abilities. Is this not a way to open the door to a world called music? Frankly, the drum circle more often comes not to reach the mastery heights, but to relax and have fun, and even to feel this amazing feeling of unity, from which you almost fall into a trance. And if there is a desire to master the correct technique of playing and the complex rhythms' variety, well, that is commendable. There are many schools playing the drum - look for the one that you like.
Our festival will help you: in the afternoon you go to a workshop, in the evening - you are already working out your skills on drum jam. Jam is also a psychology of relations with other participants. Creativity on jam is the result of wordless interaction in a circle. The ability to listen a group, to find a balance between both soloing and dialogue, to fill in pauses and create space for sound are skills that can be transferred to everyday life. Rhythm requires both concentration and dissolution in the sound. The feeling of time becomes more accurate - here it is, just that instant to extract the sound. Attention - all the more directed and encompassing surrounding space and companions in the game. There is no more effective engine of human relations than co-creation: jams is a great way to make new acquaintances.