First Drum circle of 2022 is Jan 28
Drumming at the Newark Arts Alliance has resumed as July 2021, with limited capacity. Stay in touch with the Arts Alliance by joining the newsletter for more updates.
Until we know otherwise, the drum circle is limited to 20 participants. If you want to reserve a spot, contact Send Email
The Newark Arts Alliance is sponsoring a free informal drum circle (usually) on the fourth Friday of every month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Note that the Newark Arts Alliance is moving to 207 Louviers Dr. in Newark, Delaware.
When there is another event at the Newark Arts Alliance that moves the date or time of drum circle, it will be posted here. Otherwise, the drummers will meet at 7 pm on 4th Friday. (for 2024 May cirlce is moving to 5th Friday!!)
In Nov and Dec we might change locations and or date. And some years we cancel. Keep checking for more info. But the rest of the year, we will meet 4th Fridays at the Gallery room of the Newark Arts Alliance.
Be sure to check the NAA calendar for other events: http://www.newarkartsalliance.org/
About the Circle
This event will be moderated by Lorelei. The focus will be primarily on African and Mideast rhythms, but all drumming is welcome. Participants are asked to bring a drum or other percussion instrument, and melody instruments (such as flute, clarinet, etc.) are also invited. There can also be dancing, if space permits. Children should be accompanied by parents.
Drummers of all levels are welcome. We often have drums to borrow, so come join us even if you do not own your own drum yet.
Where to Buy a Drum
More about Drum Circles and Rhythms
Drum circles are a relaxed event. Anyone is welcome to come and play along, regardless of their experience with drums or particular rhythms. Participants can clap along if they have no instrument and there are none left to borrow. Those who know some rhythms generally lead, keeping the rhythm steady, and the rest of the circle fills in and follows the lead. The speed may get faster or slower, especially when a session is winding down. Melody instruments can play dems/vamps, following the rhythms with 1-2 notes. Some songs do go well with certain rhythms, and sheet music is available to borrow for those.