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Cuban Drumming Circle with Virginia

Experience hosted by Virginia

90 minsHosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Cuban Drumming Circle Experience
Explore drumming patterns of Cuban Rumbas, Son Montuno (the root of Salsa) Chachachá, Mambo, and Bembé as time allows. I will demonstrate some of the different sounds that we can get out of a conga drum. I will sing traditional Cuban songs while we play.
I have space in my studio for 10-12 people. We will sit in a circle to play congas. I will provide conga drums for use during the workshop, but you can also bring your own conga drum if you want to. Conga drums are very melodic, and they can be tuned to specific voices according to the size of the drums, which creates a melodic, as well as rhythmic conversation between the drums.
Focus on keeping the tempo steady, while learning some hand movements and simple hand techniques to produce the drum sound we are after. We will switch drums to get a feel for the 3 different sizes and sound. We will also take turns to explore improvising, while the rest of the group supports the soloist drummer. Find your voice in the drum. Let it be heard!
This workshop is one and a half hour long. The hand movements and technique development will be done in a supportive, calm, and natural way. All levels welcome.
Other things to note
No previous experience with hand drumming is required.
Register early as space is limited.
Cuban Drumming Circle Experience
Explore drumming patterns of Cuban Rumbas, Son Montuno (the root of Salsa) Chachachá, Mambo, and Bembé as time allows. I will demonstrate some of the different sounds that we can get out of a conga drum. I will sing traditional Cuban songs while we play.
I have space in my studio for 10-12 people. We will sit in a circle to play congas. I will provide conga drums for use during the workshop, but you…

Meet your host, Virginia

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I am a professional percussionist, and vocalist, born and raised in Havana, Cuba.
I presently lead a 12 piece Afro-Cuban Latin band, Melao de Cuba, which has been performing regularly in the Portland, Oregon area, since I founded it in 2005. We released our first EP in 2010, and you can follow us on Spotify. I sing lead vocals, play conga drums, play batá drums, bells, shekeré, and other essential Afro-Cuban percussion instruments, like the clave, maracas, and guiro. I have been teaching Cuban drumming and traditional songs since I moved to Portland in 1989.
I love sharing Cuban music percussion concepts, and folkloric songs, because when I teach the music, I also share a key part of my Cuban culture. Cuban music is beautiful, it uplifts your mood, provides a group physical activity that is fun, relaxing, and also creates community.
I am a professional percussionist, and vocalist, born and raised in Havana, Cuba.
I presently lead a 12 piece Afro-Cuban Latin band, Melao de Cuba, which has been performing regularly in the Portland, Oregon area, since I founded it in 2005. We released our first EP in 2010, and you can follow us on Spotify. I sing lead vocals, play conga drums, play batá drums, bells, shekeré, and other essential Afro-Cuban percussion instruments, like the clave, maracas, and guiro. I have been teachin…
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Where you'll be

10-12 people is my drumming studio capacity.
Children younger than 15 years of age are welcomed if accompanied by an adult who also signs up for the Cuban Percussion Experience. Space is located in a turn of the century, Portland home.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.