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Rusty Eklund Workshops April 26-27, 2014 by JudyMc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:52 am
As the co-organizer of the workshops in Des Moines, Iowa it was good to have an early idea of what the format and general content of the classes would be and to see that we provided that general experience to the folks who attended. Rusty responded to the circumstances and skills of individuals in the class and made appropriate refinements in the exact list of rhythms taught. As we attended Rusty's classes, the depth and layers of knowledge he brought to the instruction became really evident. Beyond the basics of hand-patterns, movements, rhythm families and "parts" of a specific rhythm there is a density of content and knowledge of cultural expression in the music to which his first-hand experiences in Mali brings richness. So, it was dense-packed information for those able to glean it and an enjoyable stretching of skill and knowedge for all of us. We intend to have a follow-up session toward the end of his tour and look forward to it.
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