University of the Arts Presents Philadelphia International Hand Percussion Day May 7

Being held in conjunction with faculty member and master percussionist Arturo Stable, artists and students will celebrate rhythmic traditions from all over the world

May 4, 2011

Presented by the University of the Arts in conjunction with faculty member and master percussionist Arturo Stable, Philadelphia will celebrate its first-ever International Day of Hand Percussion on Saturday, May 7. This free event is open to students of all ages and will take place at the Caplan Recital Hall, located on the 17th floor of Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street). Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

This past fall, the University of the Arts joined the short list of colleges in the U.S. that offer students a bachelor of music degree with a major in Hand Percussion. As part of this revolutionary program, the International Day of Hand Percussion will feature prestigious artists joining forces with students in a six-hour hand-drumming marathon. Drumming styles from Cuba, Africa, South America and others will be explained and demonstrated through a series of clinics presented by master drummers, followed by a blow-out concert by Stable's Afro-Cuban jazz group.

Workshop descriptions, artist bios and registration >>

Guest artists include veteran Philadelphia percussionist Lenny Seidman, Cuban master Mauricio Herrera, world percussionist N. Scott Robinson and many other talented musicians.

International Day of Hand Percussion is sponsored by Modern Drummer magazine; Artists and Musicians of Latin America (AMLA); the Kimmel Center Educational Program; Latin Percussion Instruments (LP); RITMO Percussion; J. Michael Harrison, host of WRTI's Bridge radio program; and the Pre-College Programs at the University of the Arts. The event will also be broadcast live on the Internet.

The Hand Percussion program at the University of the Arts offers one of the most interactive and practical approaches to contemporary hand drum education. It focuses on developing performance skills and musicianship on various hand percussion instruments, prioritizing the practical needs of the working percussionist.

To register, call 215-717-6006.

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