This is part two of Drum Circles in San Francisco. What I love about this photo is the man on the left seems to be so into the sounds of the drums, he looked so happy and content. And the two next to him were really getting into the groove with the man holding the large hand held drum. I don't know if I will be posting more on this, but I wanted to tell you a few other things I saw (among many strange but cool things): The woman directly behind the men had changed her shirt at least 6 times while we were there watching the drum circle. She had no problems changing in front of everyone and no one seemed to care. San Francisco is a place of acceptance and freedom to be who you are without the reprisal of others. Below is more information on drum circles I got from the following website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_circle
Have a GROOVY DAY everyone. PEACE AND LOVE to everyone at TE!!..........Buddy
Other forms of drumming that are related to drum circles include:
"Guided Interactive Drumming" - highly structured drumming-based programs that are led by an individual or group to reach non-musical goals.
"Drum Classes" - education-based drumming for the purposes of building musical skills and knowledge.
"Drum Ensembles" - performance-oriented drumming groups who practice and perform music on drums, often for dance.
"Clinical Improvisation" - a drumming group within a Music Therapy session, led by a certified Music Therapist.
Group Drumming with a Spiritual focus:
Neopagans have created another type of drum circle. At Neopagan festivals, people gather around a large bonfire, the drummers generally sitting on one side to encourage better listening. The musicians sit together and play while dancers dance and circle around the fire. Often, those present will stay and play throughout the night until dawn, treating the evening as a magical (or alchemical) working. Sound is not limited to drumming alone; there is also chanting, singing, poetry, and spoken word pieces. This type of drum circle is not usually facilitated.
Shamanic Drumming Circles:
This type of circle tends to center around Native American Cultural Drums and rattles but is primarily focusing on the spiritual rather than the musical aspects of the culture. They are a facilitated circle (This statement is questionable) but the leader is facilitating a shamanic journey type process rather than a musical event. Shamanic drumming is generally simple and repetitive, often considered as a form of prayer or method of trance induction, rather than as music or entertainment. During a shamanic trance or shamanic journey, the shaman uses the steady beat of the drum as a "lifeline" to find the way back to the world of ordinary consciousness. Note that in these cultures, the term "Drum Circle" would certainly not be used. Rather, the terms 'drumming ceremony" or "ceremonial drumming" would be more accurate.
Medicine Wheel Drumming and Prayer Ceremony:
Practiced by various groups, and outlined step by step in the book, "Finding Sanctuary in Nature: Simple Ceremonies in the Native American Tradition for Healing Yourself and Others," by Jim PathFinder Ewing (Findhorn Press, Scotland, 2007), (page 147), "the medicine wheel drum circle prayer ceremony" recognizes the four directions—east, south, west, north—as spiritual Powers that can help balance and heal. The ceremony has four rounds, with drumming by all participants at the instruction of the leader allowing the energy of each direction in each round to come into the circle to facilitate prayers and healing. It has been described as "like a sweat lodge without the sweat" (page 148, Finding Sanctuary). Ewing held these ceremonies each month for seven years, as outlined in the book, in addition to shamanic drum circles, and at various sites from coast to coast in the United States since the late 1990s. Groups based on his example and the instructions outlined in the book have resulted in other groups forming worldwide. Note: This description is not of a drum circle, in the sense that the term is commonly used. It is a drumming ceremony that takes place in a circle, but very different in content and form than a drum circle (improvised community drumming jam). This type should probably be listed under shamanic or spiritual drumming and not under drum circles.
Notable figures in the group drumming movement
Commercial drum circle groups and companies exist in most countries to serve various markets. There is also a growing body of people working in places such as hospitals, prisons, and hospices using drumming as a form of recreational and supportive music making. Music therapists often use various forms of group drumming (including improvised drumming) in their work to reach therapeutic goals and objectives.
Notable figures in the Group Drumming Movement:
John Walter/Drum Crazy
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krzychu30 (15512) 2012-05-23 8:43
very nice street scene.Well observed and executed.I agree with you,this man on the left seem really to enjoy this moment and this music.Besides,the scene has a very positive and enjoyable mood.These people seem to have great time spending their time together and playing drums.
Have a nice day
Miguel82 (27646) 2012-05-23 9:23
Hello Buddy How are you?
Another nice scene from this park
I like your pov
A well sharpened picture, fine colors and light
aliabazari (16170) 2012-05-23 10:02
This view is very beautiful and documentation of traditional musicians. Performing live, and look good.
claudeD (39301) 2012-05-23 10:52
Very fine picture and interesting note.Very good contribution to TE.I like your picture very much.Excellent fotojob.TFS.
Withbregards from Luxembourg
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2012-05-23 12:01
i so enjoyed viewing this photo :) very nice indeed. especially the man on the left side looks so happy as you said. and your pov is excellent, much like the photo. rich colours, perfect lighting and sharpness. congrats and tfs..
all the best,
golus (2893) 2012-05-23 12:39
A highly expressive composition that I can almost feel the rythms, a great way to blow off steam. It is interesting to see that everyone in the frame look so concentrated and content. I liked the inclusion of sun bathing people around to give a full impression of this beautiful place. Excellent lighting with exquisite details and appealing colors. Great work my friend. Have a good evening.
mesutilgim (95400) 2012-05-23 14:56
This one is even better than the previous one !
Very good pov.
Not only the drummers but also the listener at left is fully concentrated and nothing can disturb him in his mood !
TFS and best regards
Sonata11 (33863) 2012-05-23 20:24
composition is stunnig of this scene. Buddy, you captured this people wonderfully and flawlessly. Seems to me they are so much enjoy the music. I like this beautiful enjoyment. Great management of light, splendid color, perfect sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are fabulous. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing. I like it a lot. Awesome photo job.
Best regars and have a wonderful day,
Ps. Buddy thank you so much, I will do the same.
jemaflor (98109) 2012-05-23 22:52
Good shot with an perfect light, composition is well managed with the diagonal effect, interesting attitude for the man in the fg, we want listen the music ...
bayno (18344) 2012-05-24 5:54
beautiful percussion session, the square cut renders good, super sharp and wonderful colors, perfect framing, the ezpression of the black man in FG is very funny...i think also the exposure is well managed...nice work my friend...
have a good day...
sacimar (26295) 2012-05-24 8:02
this is an good image of daily life, I like this kind of meetings... the scene you show here is interesting, well seen,
Cricri (120199) 2012-05-26 10:39
Des expressions et des gestes des mains différentes, le premier monsieur semble bien apprécier cet instant de musique :-), bon POV, très jolie présentation
serp2000 (44336) 2012-05-26 23:13
Drums are my most favorite music equipment (after guitars, may be). An interesting and informative note and excellent illustration. Just a photo of the sounds.
Best wishes from Ural,