Percussionist Chris Landry will be hosting a drum circle at City Music’s Drummer’s Bash on September 29th.
Christopher Landry is a self taught percussionist, with a focus on Djembe, Bongos and Cajon. Chris is a full time Middle School Science teacher in Fitchburg, Ma, and holds a Master of Education degree from Fitchburg State. Chris began studying the Djembe while in college at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He was influenced by his exposure to Yoruban culture, the people of Nigeria, and the music that was used in ritual and ceremony. He has since traveled around the length of the East coast, attending drum circles and festivals, seeking out professionals who would teach him different rhythms and techniques, including Mohamed Sene. The Bongos, and Cajon, soon followed with his exposure to Cuban and Brazilian cultures, specifically with the spirituality that is practiced there and the music used in celebration. Meeting Bongoseros and other percussionists allowed Chris to gain a deeper understanding of the feel of the percussion instrument, not just basic rudiments.
Chris also brings his passion for percussion to the 21st After School Program where he directs “Shake, Rattle, & Drum”, a student percussion performance group comprised of 5th through 8th grade students in Fitchburg, Ma. “Shake, Rattle & Drum” has performed at the Massachusetts State House in 2010, and for Mayor Lisa Wong during her Inauguration Celebration in Fitchburg of 2010. Christopher is also a student of Tom Ruckey, studying the Drum Kit at City Music.
The Drummers Bash will be held at City Music, 17 Sack Blvd in Leominster from 12-5pm (rain date 9/30). Chris Landry’s drum circle will be open to all ages and abilities. A demonstration will take the mystery out of hand drumming for beginners. Djembes and bongos will be available, or bring your own and jump in. All participants will receive free gifts for taking part in the circle.
~Drummer’s Bash Special: ~ Sign up for private hand drum instruction with Chris Landry at the Drummer’s Bash and receive 4 lessons for the price of 2* (*offer ends 9/30).