Featuring Daniel Kennedy, hand drums

Saturday, February 25

7pm Meet and Greet /7:30 Performance

Standing Rock Cultura lArts

300 N. Water St., Suite H

Downtown Kent, Oh 44240


On Saturday, February 25, percussionist Daniel Kennedy will present an evening of soloworks for global hand drums at Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Kent. The program will feature a variety of improvisations and compositions, spotlighting drums from India, Turkey, Egypt, Ghana,Italy, Brazil, and Cuba.  The evening begins with a meet ‘n greetat 7pm, followed by the performance at 7:30.  The suggested donationis $10 to support SRCA.


Daniel Kennedy has been devoted to the art of global hand drumming for several decades.  As agrad student at CalArts, he began the study of tabla, djembe, andframe drums with hand drum artist John Bergamo.  Following this,Daniel attended the Ali Akbar College of Music under the guidance oftabla master Swapan Chaudhuri, performing with the Tabla Ensemble andforming the quartet Tabla Rasa.  He continued to explore other handdrumming styles, studying the Arabic tambourine and Brazilianpandeiro with Randy Gloss, attending the Frame Drums Italia classeswith Zohar Fresco, and most recently, pursuing the study of Persiandrumming with Sina Dehghani and Nariman Assadi.

Prior to moving toKent, Daniel was the Instructor of Percussion at Sacramento State University, where he directed the percussion studio and ensemble,taught music theory and world music, and was the director of the Festival of New American Music.  He was very active as a freelanceperformer throughout the Bay Area, and was a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players for more than twenty years. Daniel was a founding member of the California EAR Unit and theTalujon Percussion Quartet, and has performed in the Netherlands,France, Italy, Bali, Japan, Mexico, and throughout the United States.


“Improvisation in Seven"

for frame drum                          

“Three Tambourines”


duplets and triplets                      


slow samba                          


improvisation in five                      

“Tabla Solo“

compositions in keharwatal by Swapan Chaudhuri                  

“Handful” by N.Scott Robinson                      

for bendir with foot rattles  

“Syllables, Samples,and Shakers”

featuring caxixi and shekere with live sampling            

“To The Earth” by Frederic Rzewski

for terra cotta pots and spoken word                  

“Elevens for Me” by Terry Longshore

for hand drum set:                          

conga, djembe,darabuka, frame drum, bongos, cajon, hi-hat, cymbals

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  We invite and welcome sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities.   Donations are tax deductible.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts

300 N. Water St., Suite H

Downtown Kent, Oh 44240



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Standing Rock Cultural Arts
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH 44240
Jeff Ingram, Executive Director