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International Day of Hand Percussion in Philadelphia

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FIRST TIME EVER IN PHILADELPHIA: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAND PERCUSSION

Artists and students celebrate rhythmic traditions from all over the world

Presented by the University of the Arts in conjunction with faculty member and Master Percussionist Arturo Stable, on Saturday May 7th, Philadelphia celebrates the first day of Hand Percussion in the history of the city. The event will take place at the Caplan Recital Hall, located on the 17th floor of the Terra building, 211 S. Broad Street. Doors will open at 9:30 am.

This past Fall, 2010, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia joined the short list of colleges in the US that offer students the possibility of obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Hand Percussion. As part of this revolutionary program, the International Day of Hand Percussion is a free event where prestigious artists and students of all ages will join forces in a six-hour hand-drumming marathon. Drumming styles from Cuba, Africa and South America among others, will be explained and demonstrated through a series of clinics presented by master drummers, followed by a blow-out concert by the Arturo Stable's Afro-Cuban jazz group.

Guest Artists include Philadelphia's veteran percussionist Lenny Seidman, Cuban Master Mauricio Herrera, and N. Scott Robinson among many other talented musicians. The event is also sponsored by the world's leading drumming magazine, Modern Drummer; Artists and Musicians of Latin-America (AMLA), the Kimmel Center Educational Program, Latin Percussion Instruments (LP), RITMO Percussion, and J. Michael Harrison, host of the Bridge radio program at WRTI. This event will also be broadcast live on the internet, so all of our out-of-state and international friends don't miss the action!

The University of the Arts Hand Percussion program offers one of the most interactive and practical approaches to contemporary hand drum education. It focuses on developing performance skills and musicianship on various Hand Percussion instruments prioritizing the practical needs of the working percussionist.

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