"Drums around the World" Celebration Saturday, April 5 Brings Global Beat to the Penn Museum

Afternoon of Workshops Featuring African, Brazilian, Irish, Middle Eastern, Native American
Rhythms and International Drum Circle Finale

Alex Shaw Brazilian Groove smallPHILADELPHIA—From the tabla, to the bodhrán, the Penn Museum invites guests (and their drums) to the Drums around the World celebration Saturday, April 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The special program is featured as part of the University of Pennsylvania's 2013–14 Year of Sound.

The percussion party takes guests on a musical journey from Africa to Brazil, to Ireland, the Middle East, and around North America with Native American beats, all in one afternoon. Wandering through the Penn Museum galleries, visitors can sit in workshops with acclaimed musicians from the Philadelphia area, and follow their demonstrations to learn basic percussion techniques and rhythms. A limited number of drums are provided, and visitors are welcome to bring their own drums to the Museum for the workshops—and a grand finale drum circle performance.

As part of the day's musical theme, guests can take a self-guided tour of instruments on display throughout the Penn Museum, including:

The day's lineup also includes international musical crafts that enable families to take their favorite rhythms home.

Drums around the World is FREE with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; free to children under 6, Museum members, active U.S. Military, and PennCard holders).


Samba music has long been a symbol of Brazilian culture and Carnival. At 1:00 pm, Alex Shaw, arts educator, and Director of the Philadelphia-based Brazilian band Alô Brasil, leads guests through the foundations of samba and samba-reggae rhythms.

Lenny Seidman of the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra leads a tabla workshop at 1:30 pm. The tabla consists of a pair of hand drums, and is a common accompaniment for Indian folk music.

At 2:00 pm, ODUNDE365 percussion instructor Saeed Samad presents the djembe drum from West Africa, and demonstrates rhythms and techniques for guests to follow. ODUNDE 365 is an initiative that expands the signature ODUNDE festival into yearlong cultural programming and events.

DaveHanson2The bodhrán is an open-ended Irish frame drum. By placing one hand inside the drum head, a musician can control the drum's pitch. At 2:30 pm, bodhrán instructor and award-winning musician Dave Hanson teaches guests how to achieve the sound they want from the instrument.

Joe Tayoun, internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern percussionist, and creator of an instructional Middle Eastern music app, leads a drum circle at 3:00 pm. A musician since childhood, his range includes Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Israeli music.

Vaughnda Hilton, Founder and Director of the Native Nations Dance Theater, explains the meaning behind the drum, different rhythms, and singing various Native American songs. Guests can practice rhythms from different nations, including Ms. Hilton's Blackfeet, Seminole, and Creek heritage.

At 3:45 pm, visitors gather for a spectacular drum circle finale, closing the afternoon in a medley of drums, cultures, and goodwill.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy a make-and-take crafts station, plus browse the assortment of drums and flutes available in the Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop for Children.

The Pepper Mill Café also joins the fun with its afternoon snack offerings.

DRUMS AROUND THE WORLD 2014 SCHEDULEVaughnda hilton small

1:00 - 1:30 pm – Samba and Brazilian Drum Workshop
1:30 - 2:00 pm – North Indian Tabla Demonstration
2:00 - 2:30 pm – African Djembe Drum Workshop
2:30 - 3:00 pm – Irish Bodhrán Workshop
3:00 - 3:30 pm – Middle Eastern Drumming
3:30 - 4:00 pm – Native American Drum Demonstration and Drum Circle Finale

All-Day Events, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Self-guided musical instrument tours
Family make-and-take crafts
Museum Shops

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The University of Pennsylvania's Year of Sound
is the University's theme for a series of events sponsored by the Office of the Provost at the University of Pennsylvania throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Through interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, exhibitions, performances, and more, the Year of Sound is an opportunity to explore sound and the many ways it shapes daily life.

Year of Sound: Hollywood in the Amazon, a special exhibition at the Penn Museum through July 27, features a 1931 expeditionary film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness, incorporating live sound. It was the first time non-Western people were seen and heard on sound-synced film.

The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children (6-17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, active U.S. Military, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.

Image captions (top to bottom): Guests to the Drums Around the World afternoon at the Penn Museum on April 5 can learn samba rhythms during the Brazilian drum workshop (Photo: Penn Museum). An afternoon of percussion workshops at the Penn Museum's Drums Around the World includes a demonstration by award-winning bodhrán musician Dave Hanson (Photo: Dave Hanson). Guests to the Drums Around the World afternoon at the Penn Museum on April 5 can learn the role of drums in traditional and contemporary Native American culture during a workshop by Vaughnda Hilton, Founder of the Native Nations Dance Theater (Photo: Penn Museum).



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