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Rhythm is the Cure Online Class in Italian Tambourine & Frame Drums with Alessandra Belloni

~ RHYTHM IS THE CURE ~ ONLINE CLASS IN ITALIAN TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUMS Featuring the ancient healing rhythms of the tarantella. Led by internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and author - Alessandra Belloni Workshop Information: This workshop (90 minutes or 2 hours) will give people the means to fortify themselves against daily stress especially developed during the pandemic. Students will become empowered through discovery of the ancient art of frame drumming traditionally played during the time of the plague that will enable them to discover the means to achieve homeostatic balance and inner relief of stress, while restoring spiritual and physical energy. The workshop is designed to follow the method described in Alessandra Belloni’s book/DVD Rhythm is the Cure published by Mel Bay Publications and the traditions described in her new book “HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” published by Inner Traditions – Bear & Company, rated 5 stars and best seller under dance on Amazon. Goals and Objectives: To introduce the participants to an ancient form of music & dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances. --To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna bringing women back in touch with their drumming tradition. --To make the participants feel part of community and to Become personally empowered by performing the rhythms and therefore able to reach out to empower others in their practices expelling any feelings of depression.

Variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula featuring regional style from Calabria including: The rhythm of San Rocco & the Black Madonna from OUR LADY OF THE POOR- This rhythm is used to accompany a trance dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. Both rhythm and dance were used during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death by contagious disease. The students will be able to play Medieval chant CUNCTI SIMUS CONCANENTES, a beautiful prayer from the Middle Ages to the Black Madonna of Montserrat, (Spain) We will end with THE PIZZICA rhythm - a fast 12/8 rhythm, played on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles, used to accompany the dance performed as a ritual which produces a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. This energetic dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a form of depression known as tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women, often victims of abuse. Participants emerge feeling light and joyful after this healing journey through sound and rhythm. TARANTELLA RHYTHMS - Pizzica & San Rocco- Group drumming from Rhythm Is The Cure Workshop, Tuscany Italy 2013 http://youtu.be/6QT_E-iJyC0T8 Southern Italian tambourine & frame drum lessons on documentary Brooklyn bike by Lee Free - Alessandra Belloni LESSON 1: interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0 2.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 2: Tammorriata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RPEG4Ae9w 3.Alessandra Belloni LESSON 3: Ritmo e Danza Di San Rocco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV3Oh7TW2L0

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
 SICILY, ITALY 
 
AUGUST 17 to the 24th, 2021
Learn more HERE 
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RHYTHM IS THE CURE

HANDS-ON TAMBOURINE & FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP

including special brush technique with Alessandra Belloni's tam-brush made by Pro-Mark

 

Taught by Alessandra Belloni REMO Signature Series Artist and designers of brushes with Pro-Mark

 

Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce general audiences to a very rich tambourine and folk dance culture with an active current performance practice in Southern Italy.

 During the percussion workshop, the participants will learn:

 * The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique, which requires a lot of strength, to create the bouncing sound of the triplets.

 * Hand technique with the palm and the fingertips in both a basic and

accented fast 6/8 rhythm. 

 * Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm. 

* Tarantella alla Montemaranese, a carnival dance from Montemarano (Naples) played on the smaller tambourines with a very unusual syncopation on the 6/8.  This rite of Carnival dates back to the Roman celebrations in honor Bacchus, the god of wine.

  • Pizzica Tarantata , a very fast 6/8 rhythm from Puglia, with different accents - which originated as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.  This wild rhythm, played mainly by women on medium size tambourines with a double row of jingles as they frantically danced for days during the Summer Solstice
  • Brazilian rhythms with Southern Italian tambourine technique using also special Tambourine brushes (Tam brush) especially designed by Alessandra Belloni with Pro-Mark.  The length of the workshops should be 2 to 4 hours, divided into two parts.

 The tambourines for the workshops can be made available through REMO.

 duo with DRUMMER SERGIO BELLOTTI

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song.  The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus

 A cross cultural collaboration of trance, rhythm, ritual drumming and chants.

Outfitted with an extensive complement of exotic percussion instruments, tambourine virtuoso Alessandra Belloni and Drummer Sergio Bellotti, both originally from Southern Italy, embark on a new collaboration celebrating and exploring the rhythmic similarities between southern Italy and other cultures by blending tambourines and frame drums with drum set, and other percussion instruments.  With music ancient and new, Belloni and Bellotti create a bridge between ancient rituals and modern rhythms into a vibrant musical tapestry.  Brazilian ritual drumming, chants and trance dance, putting a new spin to original and traditional arrangements from the musical backgrounds.