Feel the rhythm at the Eden Project’s world music weekend
The Eden Project will be hosting a fabulous weekend of global music and dance workshops and performances on February 6 and 7.
Robin Tyndale-Biscoe of DakaDoum will be leading percussion workshops using the traditional Samba Bateria (drum orchestra), exploring rhythms from Northeast Brazil.
He has spent more than ten years teaching and performing the music from Brazil, having performed and studied with well-respected Mestres (Brazilian master drummers). Expect some seriously loud and funky Brazilian beats learnt in a fun and relaxed way.
Johnny Dij is a didgeridoo player, performer and percussionist whose lively and eclectic sound reflects his love of traditional Australian music and western contemporary dance music.
Johnny will be doing didgeridoo workshops using instruments he has made himself. Johnny has forged his own sound, which conjures up ideas of deep coastal waters and caves, dawn and sunrise, mesmerising beats and foot-stomping trance-like rhythms.
The London Rainforest Choir will be performing in the Rainforest Biome as they build a Mongolu (Baka Rainforest dwelling). Music is the binding force for the Baka, who live in extended groups in the rainforests of Cameroon.
Their listening skills, awareness and knowledge of the natural world from this unbroken ancient culture are remarkable. Visitors are invited to come along and learn the joyful compelling singing of the Baka rainforest people.
Su Hart of Baka Beyond will be hosting Baka singing workshops for visitors. Baka Beyond are an Afro-Celtic dance band inspired by the music of the rainforest.
Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects.
In addition to this, Daya Crees will be running Indian-style dance workshops over the course of the weekend. Daya runs a variety of workshops with schools, teaching children about Sikhism, Punjabi music and dance.
During the workshop at Eden, she will teach children dances and they will also have the opportunity to dress up in traditional Punjabi clothing.
Eden Live apprentices Shannon Wilby and Lisa Thorpe have been helping organise the event.
Shannon said: “We are delighted to be working on this event with the rest of the Eden Live team. Music and dance is a great way for people to express themselves and we think this weekend will be lots of fun and really exciting.”
Lisa said: “We have a great line up of workshops and performances to get everyone moving. Visitors will be able to come and learn about different cultures, as well as enjoy the music.”
All workshops will be held in the Core building and all performances will be in the Biomes. Workshops and performances start at 11am and finish at 3:30pm. For more specific timings on performances and workshops, please visit the Eden Project website at http://www.edenproject.com/