Go Interactive at PASIC 2012!
By Dave Holland
There’s no bigger thrill than sitting in the audience at PASIC and being wowed by an amazing session or inspired by an evening concert! We in the Interactive Drumming Committee believe the best way to round out these classic experiences is to “go interactive”! This year, we’re serving up another amazing menu of experiences that put you right in the middle of it all!
Day Time Sessions - We’re excited to be inviting back 2 presenters who haven’t been to PASIC in many years, Keith Terry and Christine Stevens. Keith Terry, an internationally recognized body music artist, will be doing both an interactive workshop and a ‘not to be missed’ showcase concert featuring the percussion instruments we carry around with us every day! Fresh off her new book tour, Christine Stevens will, in her session, uncover the science behind interactive drum circles! And rounding out the session line-up is Kenya Masala, who will be serving up a high energy session of rhythm games specifically designed with teamwork in mind!
Panel Discussion - Even panel discussions get the interactive touch when hosted by the IDC! This year, we’re thrilled to have some of the top names in the Percussion Education World sharing and demonstrating how they integrate drum circles into their work to create deeper musical connections with their students! Panelists include Matt Savage, Director of Marching Percussion, UNC & Owner, Rhythm Alive, Dr. Julie Hill, Director or Percussion Studies, UT Martin, Peter Hussey, Associate Professor of Percussion, Lewis & Clark Community College & Lonny Benoit, Director of Percussion Studies, McNeese State University.
Evening Drum Circles - After a full day of being inspired by the best in the business, come share your passion for percussion with others at the Late Night Drum Circles! Nina Rodriguez and Jeff Stewart may be new to PASIC, but they’re both highly regarded professionals in the drum circle facilitation world! Jeff kicks off the festivities on Thursday night and Nina keeps the jam alive on Friday! And don’t forget to help us celebrate the opening of PASIC with an interactive jam bright and early Thursday morning and then the closing drum circle Saturday afternoon!
World Folk Jam - It’s hard to beat a high energy, artfully facilitated drum circle! But we also recognize that there are many players of more intimate world percussion instruments who come to PASIC looking for an opportunity to connect & jam in a more casual, non-facilitated setting. So if you play frame drum, thumb piano, berimbau, or other more intimate world percussion instruments, bring your axe to Austin and join us each night for the World Folk Jam!
Drum Circle Facilitator Workshop - The Sunday after PASIC tradition continues this year with another all day Drum Circle Facilitator Workshop. This year, PAS is thrilled to present Christine Stevens and her “Art & Heart of Drum Circle Facilitation” workshop! If you do any work in the interactive drumming arena, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from and be inspired by one of the best facilitators in the country! Be sure to register for this event separately by following the link on www.pasic.org.
With all of this high energy, interactive learning to take part in, this is definitely a PASIC you won’t want to miss! So make your plans now to head on down to Austin and “go interactive”!