Battery Park City
Lower Manhattan, NY
Description: Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms at Sunset Jam on the Hudson drumming circles. The gatherings are led by master drummers Maguette Camara, Peter Hawes, and Mary Knysh. After beginning with the teaching of traditional drumming patterns, and establishing a steady heartbeat pulse, participants are then asked to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of a call and response chanting and drumming.
Maguette Camara is the founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers. Maguette teaches African Dance at Barnard-Columbia University and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance.
Peter Hawes is a percussionist and composer who uses West African and Middle Eastern hand drumming and improvisation to teach people about rhythm, music and world culture. He has created and led programs for all ages and levels of musical and creative experience.
Mary Knysh is a professional musician and educator. She plays many kinds of drums, guitars, flutes and recorders, as well as the tambourine and mandolin. Mary's albums include Rhythms All Around (2005), Walk About (2004), Sussurus (2000) and Heart Like a Feather (1998).