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Deep Dive African Rhythm Workshop with Griffin Brady

$40.00

Open the doors to a whole lifetime of percussive exploration with a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.

Come enjoy this amazing (and BIG) sanctuary space for a deep dive into rhythms from Africa and the art of drumming with Slyboots School founder Griffin Brady. Students will learn through guided instruction and exercises that are designed to deepen your sense of rhythm and develop intermediate and advanced techniques. Students should be prepared to make new friends, laugh, drum, and sing!

  • Disinfected drums provided
  • Temperatures checked on arrival
  • Social distancing measures taken
  • Attendees are required to wear masks for the entire class time
  • Indoors in large space, with windows open and lots of fresh air
  • Refreshments provided

Ages & Skill Levels

  • This workshop is aimed at aspiring artists ages 18 and up
  • Intermediate and advanced skill levels are welcome

Schedule & Price

  • This weekly workshop is currently conducted at 700 Main Street, 6th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202 (following CDC guidelines for safety)
  • Normally scheduled for every Monday from 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • The price is $40 per person
  • Each workshop is limited to 20 people

Check the calendar below for dates and availability. If there are no seats left for your desired date, feel free to contact me at slyboots@me.com to discuss alternate accommodations.

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About the Artist

About the Artist

Oswego native GRIFFIN BRADY is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA. Pro music credentials include:

  • Master of Arts Degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Pedagogy from Goddard College
  • Founder, teacher, and performer at the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance
  • Executive Director of the Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center
  • Professional Touring and Session Performer since 2002
  • SLYFEST creator, organizer, producer, and performer (2005–2017)
  • Tour manager, bus driver, chief logistician and American ambassador with SAAKUMU Dance Troupe since 2008
  • Teaching artist at Young Audiences of WNY, Artpark and Aurora Waldorf School
  • Marching band drum-line instructor at Pioneer High School
  • Sound Engineer at Ripe Audio, Buffalo Ironworks, Larkin Square, Bidwell Park and Nietzsches
  • Featured articles published in Making Music and Percussive Notes
  • Featured speaker at TedX Conference
  • Commencement Speaker at Goddard College (2011)

Primary musical influences include Bernard Woma, SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Edward Green, Jerome Balsab, Mohamed Diaby, Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin, Kay Stonefelt, John Bacon, Tiffany Nicely, Ringo Brill, Heather Sweeting, John Bletch, Kaki King, The Slip, JFJO, Arthur Lipner, Evelyn Glennie, Keiko Abe, Valerie Naranjo, Gary Burton, Glen Velez, Brian DeAngelo, Nii Tete Boye, Bernard Purdie, Mamady Keita, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, Damone Jackson, Ravi Padmanabha, David Jonathan, Carl Flute Johnson, Deshawn Dray Jackson, Chris English, Josh English, Pete Rodriguez, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Phish, MMW, David King, The Bad Plus, Toubab Krewe, Consider the Source, Bela Fleck, Carter Beauford, John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Toots, Martin Sexton, Antibalas, Ghost Note, Mickey Hart Planet Drum, the Grateful Dead, Benny Greb, Buddy Rich, Alvin Jones, Max Roach, Adam Deich, Jojo Mayer, Tommy Igoe, John Bonham, Jeff Queen, Kodo, Smashing Pumpkins, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Shelia E, Ginger Baker, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman, Weedie Braimah, Jean-Luc Ponty, The Beatles, The Meters, The Roots, Soulive, Edgar Meyer, Damien Rice, JJ Cale, Glen Hansard, Nick Drake, and YOU.
About the Artist

  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: ["Drums & Percussion"]
    Pursuits: ["Improvisation","Performance"]
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    DRUMS & PERCUSSION • PERFORMANCE • WORLD MUSIC • TRADITIONAL
    Through guided movement and gestures, attendees will discover the power African dance has to communicate with the accompanying musicians, the audience, and the soul by focusing on traditional arrangements of dance pieces from West Africa.
    Griffin Brady is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.
    Instruments: ["Drums & Percussion"]
    Pursuits: ["Improvisation","Performance"]
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
    Weekly ( Tuesdays)
    6:00pm–8:00pm
    $25.00
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    $25.00$250.00
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    DRUMS & PERCUSSION • PERFORMANCE • WORLD MUSIC • TRADITIONAL
    Explore the art of African drumming as you learn traditional techniques, expand your rhythmic vocabulary, and develop the strength and endurance needed to play hand drums in a way that is safe, healthy, and fun.
    Griffin Brady is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Weekly ( Wednesdays)
    5:00pm–6:00pm
    $25.00
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: Classical Percussion, Drum Kit, Hand Percussion, Traditional African Percussion
    Pursuits: ["Improvisation","Music Life Mentoring","Performance"]
    Styles: Alternative, Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Hip-Hop/Rap, Indie, Jazz, Metal/Hard Rock, Musical Theatre, Pop, R&B, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soul/Funk, Traditional, World Music
    Instruments: Classical Percussion, Drum Kit, Hand Percussion, Traditional African Percussion
    Pursuits: ["Improvisation","Music Life Mentoring","Performance"]
    Styles: Alternative, Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Hip-Hop/Rap, Indie, Jazz, Metal/Hard Rock, Musical Theatre, Pop, R&B, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soul/Funk, Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    From: $25.00