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- DescriptionBata Drumming: the Instruments, the Rhythms, and the People Who Play Them is the most comprehensive study of this important Cuban musical tradition, and the first to explore the people who created it, how it developed in Cuba, and where it fits in relation to the other folkloric traditions on the island. Who were the slaves brought to Cuba? What belief systems did they carry with them? How did the various Afro-Cuban religions grow from these systems? What types of music evolved from these religions? What is Santeria, and how do the bata drums function within it? Part One answers these questions. Part Two examines the history of the drums: how they are taught, learned, and played, explaining their role in the ceremony and the structure of the music. These discussions incorporate the latest scholarship as well as the ideas and concepts of respected Cuban and North American bata drummers, resulting in a more complete study of the tradition as it is practiced today. The center piece of Bata Drumming is the Oru Seco, a set of playable, musical transcriptions of twenty-two rhythms dedicated to the Santeria gods. This transcription set accurately tates the rhythms of the Papo Angarica performance style, which is very influential in Havana-style drumming. Bata Drumming is the first book t only to tate the rhythms, but to connect them to the people who preserved and recreated them, in the unrelenting face of displacement and oppression.
- Author BiographyDON SKOOG (omo ana) is an independent musician, teacher, and writer who lives in Oak Park, Illinois. He performs on drumset, Latin percussion, marimba, and flamenco cajon. His teachers include James Dutton, Vida Chenoweth, Gordon Stout, Karl Husa, Roberto Vizcaino, Jose Eladio, Rich Gajate, and Alejandro Carvajal. He has taught percussion at the American Conservatory of Music, Sherwood Music School, and the Contemporary Music Project, which he founded in 1982. Mr. Skoog has given demonstrations and clinics at Northwestern University, Valparaiso University, Vandercook College, Kansas State University, Colorado State University, Illinois Wesleyen University, the Nashville Jazz Workshop, and the PAS Illinois Day of Percussion, as well as hundreds of presentations in grade and high schools through the International Music Foundation. He was lead artist for the Gallery 37 Latin Big Band from 1993 to 2002, and has traveled to Cuba many times to study and conduct tours. ALEJANDRO CARVAJAL GUERRA is a renowned, babalawo, batalero (omo ana), abakua, and rumbero whose musical and family roots go back to the Yorubas of Africa. Trained in the tradition as a child by his father and by his padrino, Papo Angarica, Mr. Carvajal is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable bataleros in Cuba. He has taught at the Instituto Superior de Arte and the Centro Nacional de Escuelas de Arte, and is currently a faculty member at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. He has performed with (mi tio) Angel Bolano, Jesus Perez, Regino Jimenez, Fermin Nane, Mario Jaure, Carlos Aldama, Alfonso Aldama, Santiaguito, Pedro Aspirina, y les agradezco por todo lo aprendido a todas aquellas personas que estan hoy conmigo y a las que ya estan ibaes (muertas). Les debo mis conocimientos.
- Author(s)Don Skoog
- PublisherContemporary Music Project
- Date of Publication01/01/2010
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContemporary Music Project
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight549 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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