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Arizona Dunun Academy comes to Old Town Center for the Arts

The focus of the first series of classes will be on djembe technique, and on building the basic foundation required to play increasingly complex (and fun) rhythms that will covered in the next series of classes.

The focus of the first series of classes will be on djembe technique, and on building the basic foundation required to play increasingly complex (and fun) rhythms that will covered in the next series of classes.

Studio B at Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, is pleased to announce a fun, new class in drumming.  

Dunun Bob is excited to offer a class focused in West African drumming called Arizona Dunun Academy.

This Traditional West-African drum class will cover djembe accompaniment, songs, and orchestration.

The focus of the first series of classes will be on djembe technique, and on building the basic foundation required to play increasingly complex (and fun) rhythms that will covered in the next series of classes.

Also covered in the first series of classes will be fundamentals of musicianship: posture, breathing, and listening while playing. How to play in a drum circle will also be covered.

Over the past decade the Djembe has become a hugely popular instrument all over the world; and Bob maintains respect for African technique, tradition, and culture. 

The Arizona Dunun Ensemble strives to keep the Djembe in its traditional musical context: hence the name Arizona Dunun Academy. In West Africa, the Djembe is typically accompanied by one or more Dunun: a two-headed barrel drum played with a stick. The Dunun provides the "bass" notes and the melody of the music.

Even though classes are presented in a series, drop-ins are always welcomed.

Each 90-minute class will cover one rhythm and progress from a warm-up/review of the three basic sounds of the djembe to putting all the parts of the rhythm together and making music as a group.

Bob has been teaching music privately and in group settings for the past 20 years and has developed a style of teaching that is very focused and very fun at the same time.  

He is a patient teacher who can gently push students far beyond what they think they are capable of. 

No experience necessary, and just come prepared to enjoy yourself in each class. Experienced drummers are also welcome to attend.

Classes will be held Mondays 6:45-8:15 p.m. at Studio B of the Old Town Center for the Arts, 633 N. 5th St. in Cottonwood.  

Studio B is located right behind the Green Garden Cafe at the corner of 5th Street and Main in Old Town Cottonwood.

For further information contact Bob Wachunas 928-496-6356 or bob at azdunun.org or check the web site out www.azdunun.org.

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