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Women Empower Through Samba-Reggae Rhythms

Antonia Sohns | Posted 04.04.2014 | DC
Antonia Sohns

You can hear the drums from a mile away. The pulse of the Surdo, heavy beats, the heart of the samba band; the Dobra, carrying the melody; the Repique adding snappy sounds alongside the Snare. The beats draw people in and keep crowds entranced.

A History of Religion in 11 Objects

S. Brent Plate | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

As profane and ordinary as the objects may be, they can also be extraordinary. Some things even become objects of transcendence.

WATCH: Yes, Practicing Your Drums Is Possible While Sledding Through Snow

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.18.2014 | Weird News

For some, just staying on a sled is hard enough. But for our new favorite drummer, sliding across the ice is just another excuse to practice. ...

Artist Profile: Ian David Rosenbaum, Brooklyn-Based New Music Percussionist

Joel Garten | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Joel Garten

He is very active with the music of living composers, regularly performing and commissioning new works. Rosenbaum has also performed numerous innovative percussion works which have taken music for percussion to new places.

Can Playing Polyrhythms Give Birth to Polymaths?

Christopher Norris | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

I can't speak for every drummer, but for me the process of drumming enables creativity and helps me foster innovation and advance thought-leadership. Studies show that drumming produces deeper self awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity.

Astoria Characters: The Guitar Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Once Jon Christopher Allen finds his voice, he loses himself in the song. And everything's all right.

Astoria Characters: The On-Beat Brothers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.28.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Enrico de Trizio and Giancarlo de Trizio start jamming to the rhythm of their new-found city. The brothers -- Enrico on the melodica and Giancarlo on the cajón -- have never played to the sky before, but once they start, they don't want to stop.

Nick Mason: Pink Floyd Ready to Empty the Vaults

Jon Chattman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Pink Floyd fans are about to shine on like crazy diamonds. The iconic English psyh rock group is about to empty the vaults on rare and live tracks as part of a massive campaign their music company EMI are about to launch.

Dennis Diken: The Roots of Jersey Rock

Ruth Gerson | Posted 10.05.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

Dennis Diken is the drummer and a founding member of New Jersey's rock 'n' roll band The Smithereens. He is a mensch, a fountain of knowledge, a supreme musician, and a great story teller.

WATCH: Music Student Turns Vacant High School Into Instrument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

When it comes to creation, there is never really a right time or place; what it takes is initiative. Music student Ben Meyers proves this with his im...

From The Grateful Dead to Rhythm Devils: A Conversation with Mickey Hart

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, who make up the Rhythm Devils, are on the road with a gaggle of friends.

The Fes Festival: Different Drummers

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

This year the Fes Festival presented two excellent drumming ensembles. Experiencing these two groups got me thinking about how much we rely on our own cultures to interpret sound.

Chico Hamilton, Octogenarian, Releases New Jazz Album

Jessica Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jessica Gross

"I don't make music for people. I make music for music's sake," Hamilton said. "I don't care where I make it. I could make music in the men's room, it don't matter."