Beverly guides students on a hands-on music journey, learning basic techniques of drumming from Africa and Latin America. Using the rhythm of words participants will learn some of the building blocks of music- steady beat, groove, phrasing, call and response, dynamics and improvisation. A variety of hand percussion and global sound colors add diversity and Carolina spice; blending ancient traditions with contemporary creativity. Students will create a multi-layered, language-based, rhythm orchestra, experiencing the rewards of listening and teamwork in ensemble. "Drum Talk"ť has a cultural arts theme, exploring diversity, creativity and global connections. It can be designed to also integrate a specific, grade-level, curriculum focus: Social Studies - Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, USA & jazz. English Language Arts - drumming with poetry & stories Science of Sound, STEM and Math. Workshops can be combined with assemblies for a 1 day residency.
Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist, blending music, movement, and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions of Africa, Cuba, South America and her native North Carolina, Beverly weaves colorful rhythmic tapestries with her infinite array of collected and homemade instruments. Her decades of experience include work with the African American Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival, as well as sharing passion for rhythm and culture in hundreds of school and community residencies, performances and workshops. The language of rhythm is universal and Beverly brings decades of global experience, touring with Grammy nominated, jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon in major venues around the world.