Gabriel is a playful and appreciated djembe instructor who wholeheartedly shares his 15 years of experience in playing as a lead djembe-player for West-african dances. He is instructor of west-african drums since 2006. He has learned most from the great masters as Famoudou Konaté, Mamady Keita and Shidiki Camara, all from Guinea, and he visited and attended different drum-courses in West Africa.
He has an integral approach to the west-african drum-traditions and drumming. That means his drum-lessons includes:
The socio-cultural backgrounds of the traditional rhythms (its socio-cultural context, its names, forms and meanings); The understanding of the polirhytmical natures of west-african rhythms (explanation of terms as rhythmic patterns and families, beats, pulsations, signals, intros, breaks and echauffements etc); Pure technical and instrumental terms, explanations and advises ( the members of the west-african Drum Family, the djembes and dununs, their organic functioning in this specific west-african familiconstellations etc.). In the West-african drum- and rhythm collective participating and experiencing („being and feeling”) is the most fundamental aesthetic. That is why maybe it is the most important part of Gabriels lessons („without participation there is no meaning”).
Welcome to play, to learn; to participate!
The djembe is universal. It speaks all languages, and it talks to everyone in his own language because all human beings respond to rhythm. (Mamady Keita: A Life for the Djembe s. 18)
Rhythm is the most perceptible and the least material thing. (M Chernoff: African Rhytm and African Sensibility s. 23.)