Manaus, Brazil Rhythm Road #14

20 05 2010

River Song – Bebel Gilberto


Fortaleza, Brazil~Rhythm Road #12

19 05 2010

music: Dando De Bom -Luiz Gonzaga  / Forro from N.E. region

Obrigada Recife! Rhythm Road #11

8 05 2010

Music: Leao Do Norte – performed by Rose Moraes, written by Lenine as tribute to the beautiful Brazillian state of Pernambuco.

MUITO Obrigada

Edvaldo Amorim – for everything

Jorge Martin – For your Maracatu studio and Corpos Percussivos

Marivaldo Lima – For your teaching drumming passion

Pilar do Favela Corpos Percussivos – for your powerful Maracatu and playing together with you

Claudinho Santana – for the Pandiero lesson

and all of our kind hosts!

Escola Corpos Percissivos ~ Rhythm Road #10

4 05 2010

We (Eli Yamin, Kate McGarry, Bob Stewart & I) arrived in Recife, Brazil in the early afternoon. We had the whole day to catch up on our rest before beginning our schedule of workshops and clinics….but I simply couldn’t sit in my hotel knowing that something like this was happening out there somewhere.

This is my first day in Brazil.

Thankyou Jorge Martins and Marivaldo Lima!

Thankyou Edvaldo S. Amorim for taking my perhaps not so sublte requests seriously and arranging the visit!!!

Wonder Women of the Rhythm Road #7

1 06 2009

I joke about being “gender blind”.  In many ways I really see people before I make the distinction between women and men… I believe in personal freedom of expression and respect, and I am not a flag waving/card carrying member of any organization or group.  However, as I near the completion of my first Rhythm Road experience and reflect upon my experiences, I simply can not overlook the accomplished, beautiful, powerful, brilliant, talented, industrious and intuitive women I have had the privilege to get to know, and who have looked out for me & us along this journey. (in addition to a office full of committed and talented women in NYC Rhythm Road HQ!)

In all 4 countries we have had these brilliant, highly educated, multilingual women who work with the Embassies travel with us, translate, run unfathomable tactical maneuvers on our behalf, deal with border crossings, lost passports, crisis aversion, and crisis management on a scale that is imperceptibly large, and yet with such finesse and grace that their efforts could go unnoticed.

But I noticed & I am gratefully empowered by their example.

Honestly Wonder Woman pales in comparison.


Ruxandra Todiras –  Romania


Slavica Rosic –  Montenegro


Markella N. Karagiorga – Greece


Mirela Cupi – Albania

P1100136Matilda Vangjeli – Albania


I’m preparing to return home tomorrow!  Our busy schedule and difficult internet access has delayed my Greece update, and now my Albania update, but more stories, and photos and video from the Rhythm Road are to come.  Thankyou for following my blog.



Rhythm Road #6 Billies Bounce (drum solo) – Xanthi, Greece

30 05 2009

Greece was wonderful!

Currently in Tirana, Albania, we are nearing the end of our tour. I think I can speak for the whole band by saying we are tired, but our hearts are full.  I am going to post photos and video from the tour through the mountains of Northern Greece and the fantastic workshops we did with the students, but as yet have not had the time to put it together.  Thankfully, Antonis Varvatsoulias from the Foundation of Thracian Art & Tradition emailed me this video clip which is a glimpse into one of our shows.

I have really enjoyed engaging the audience to add a rhythmic element, and actually become part of my drum solo in the Charlie Parker tune Billies Bounce.  Thankfully again,  most of the audiences have pretty good rhythm:)

more to come…..

Rhythm Road #5 Oj, svijetla majska zoro…Montenegro!

21 05 2009

Its not just a song for me…

Take a breath…and you will see

why the Blues has the power to be…

a healing song…a healing song.

– Eli Yamin