e2c wrote:Do you know if she studied other styles of percussion before taking up djembe? It looks - and sounds - to me as if she has, especially given the fact that her wrists are so relaxed and that she can easily produce slaps and tones without much effort.
As far as I know she did not. She has some musical history in playing the trumpet, piano, and saxophone. But more important, she did work as physiotherapist for a couple of years before she met the djembe. So I guess she knew what is important in order to stay healthy with the hands while playing like eight hours a day. She surrendered to this instrument completely, said good-bye to work and studied with Adama Dramé in Burkina. That in itself is an amazing story how she met Adama and how he did not want another student but couldn't help to finally accept her after he sent her away tiwce before. She was just so persistent in her wish to study with him. A year of pain and bootcamp started, but obviously she knows how to drum now.
Karin is a nice person, I've met her twice. The first time was in a village in northern Germany where she organized a workshop with Adama -- didn't work out well for me. I am very ambivalent with Adama Drame's style of drumming. It does not interest me to produce all these tiny sounds out of the rim and different fingers. And frankly, I was bored in the concert after the workshop. Adama Dramé is a true master on his instrument, but to me one piece of music did sound like the other. Occasionally, though, there is a great track on some of his cd's that I would love to be able to drum.
In case you like to listen to a whole concert of Karin, just click here:http://cba.fro.at/56103