Roots x Routes x Innovations: Interactive Drumming Salon
April 26th, 1:40pm: 2:50pm
John Jay College School of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Department of Art and Music
Haaren Hall, Room 310
899 10th Avenue
Umara R. Naves, Dawn Drake and Derrick León Washington will lead this interactive drumming workshop that explores the sonic roots, routes and innovations that flow through various forms of percussive music making. The workshop centers practice and performance imagined broadly. Playing rhythms will help participants think through complex, trans-global, theoretical and artistic conversations between the circum-Caribbean, Brazil, West-Central Africa and Western Europe.
Drums and percussion instruments will be provided. No experience necessary. Space is limited, please RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is co-sponsored through the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Umara R. Naves is a multi-disciplinary artist that has performed throughout the U.S., Brazil and Cuba as a virtuoso musician playing the berimbau, ngoma drums, kalimba, piano and several types of percussive instruments. Coming from a Brazilian and Cuban background, his extensive artistic focus includes visual art and mastery of drumming traditions from the Congo, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti and the United States. In 1996, Umara served as musical director at the University of Michigan for 4 years. As a specialist in capoeira, Naves has traveled globally as both a performer and cultural consultant.
Dawn Drake is a bassist, conguera and singer-songwriter. Drake began playing music at age 5. Her musical interests broadened through living in Ghana, West Africa, while studying at UC Berkeley. Obtaining an MA in Ethnomusicology at CUNY, she was able to deepen her studies in percussion in Cuba and samba percussion in Brazil, where she played in Rio de Janeiro’s carnival. She has accompanied many artists on percussion such as Imani Izuri, Azouhouni Adou, Nepo Soteri, the late Pupy Insua, Amelia Pedroso and Karl Perazzo. Currently, she provides percussive accompaniment for the classes of Noibis Licea and other artists at the world-renowned Alvin Ailey dance studio in Manhattan. She is also the conguera for Fulaso, NYC's funky Latin soul boogaloo revival band. Drake has accompanied several West African and Central African artists on bass as well, most notably, Isaac Katalay, Pablo Djembe, Makane Kouyate, Alioune Guisse, Backa Niang and Oumar Ndiaye of Senegal whose music was produced by Youssou Ndour. Her group, "Dawn Drake & ZapOte", have toured internationally, including performing at the 2017 Belize International Jazz Festival and the 2014 Frauenstimmen Women's Music Festival in Switzerland. Drake has played music on the CBS Early Show, Telemundo TV, PBS and she has played stages such as Symphony Space, SOB’s, The Zinc Bar and Radio City Music Hall among others.
Dr. Derrick León Washington is a cultural anthropologist, curator and dancer specializing in museum curation, experiential performance and expressive arts of the Americas. He has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles. His fieldwork in Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico City, Washington D.C. and New York City has contributed to numerous exhibitions, performance workshops, and conference papers. Mr. Washington worked on the Will to Adorn project at the Smithsonian Center of Folklore and Cultural Heritage and was the executive director of El Fogon Center for the Arts in New York City. As an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, he conducted curatorial work on the exhibitions Activist New York and New York at its Core. He is the curator of Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York (June 15, 2017-November 26, 2017), a groundbreaking exhibition and expansive, interactive program series on salsa as an artistic social movement at the Museum of the City of New York. He’s the co-editor of the book, Rhythm & Power: Performing Salsa in Puerto Rican and Latino Communities (Centro Publications, 2017). His latest curatorial project, Dreams and Defiance: A World Re-Imagined, is a program/performative series and upcoming exhibition that explores the complicated links between social music and dance forms practiced in the Andalusia region of Southern Spain, Africa (Notably North, West and Central Africa) and throughout the Americas. Mr. Washington’s recent curated and scholarly work has been reviewed positively in the New York Times, British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Huffington Post, The National Broadcasting Company (NBC), New York Post, Jezebel, El Especialito, and numerous local and national radio stations.
This brown bag series is curated by Derrick León Washington
Dreams and Defiance: A World Re-Imagined brown bag series is co sponsored by the Department of Art and Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY