The circle is open to anyone interested in exploring Arabic percussion (and music) using hand drums, riqq, finger cymbals and other percussive instruments. Musicians on non-electronic instruments are also welcome.

Five percussionists playing darabuka, djembe and riqq.

Due to COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions, our Percussion Circle is still suspended.
Please send an email if you'd like to be notified when sessions return.

For beginners to experienced percussionists, this lightly facilitated, fortnightly-with-the-dance-term, drumming circle will give you the opportunity to practice, participate in peer-to-peer learning, expand your repertoire and, if you're really keen, performance as an ensemble at our Showcase and other Events.

WHAT DO SESSIONS LOOK LIKE?

We begin with basic Middle-Eastern rhythm patterns and move on from there through skill sharing and practice, to add fills and flourishes.

This is not a class, but a lightly facilitated circle giving you the opportunity to practice with others, gain confidence in your abilities and expand on your knowledge through peer-to-peer learning. There will be printed copies of rhythm patterns provided, but the aim is to work ‘hands-on’. Whilst this is a casual circle, there are opportunities to perform as an ensemble at our Annual Shoewcase, and to join our performance troupe, Banat Amar.

Absolute beginners are welcome.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?

If you have your own percussive instrument, please bring it along. This can include drums, hand drums, finger cymbals, riqq, tambourine, your hands! :)

If you need to borrow an instrument, please let us know, as there are limited numbers available.

 

BOOKING IN

As this is a Casual Circle, you don't need to sign up for a term, or come to every single session - at the moment we have space for more regulars, so it's ok to just drop in once you know where we're located.

LOCATION

“Ellycienne” is our Home Studio. Please text/call 0403020796 or email Samina for the address - you'll need to give us your name and a contact number/email address in case of cancellations.

 

COSTS

Sessions are $5/drop in.

Please note that if you are borrowing a drum and you break it, you will be expected to replace it.

Session Dates & Information

Please note that some dates may change due to weekend performance committments. Dates are generally updated on the website, but joining and checking the TeamApp will give you the most accurate dates. If you're not 100% sure if the session is on, send an email, or text Sam on 0403020796, to ask.

Sessions are held on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00PM at Sam's Home Studio in Macgregor.

TERM ONE 2020
15, 29 February
Suspended due to COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions.

TERM TWO 2020
Suspended due to COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions.

TERM THREE 2020
We are currently waiting on restrictions to ease before resuming. Dates are as follows, but all to be confirmed.

25 July
8, 22 August
5, 19 September

TERM FOUR 2020
10, 24 October
7, 21 November
5 December

RHYTHM NOTES

Participants can access electronic copies of notes via our TeamApp Website - Please sign up and request access to the Percussion Circle team.