ConunDrums is

a community of diverse women drawn together through a combination of fate, chance, intention, and the call of the drum.

In 2001, a small group of women began drumming and performing together and had a taste of how delicious that was. But as we know, the only thing constant in life is change and that group disbanded as its members grew in different directions. Four of those women maintained a vision of women drumming together in community. They set their intention to attract other like-spirited women to their group. Over the next year, their dream started to become reality as one by one their drumming sisters found their way to what is now ConunDRUMS.

As we have grown as a musical group, learning rhythms and songs from a variety of teachers, we have also grown as individuals and as a sisterhood. Our journey together as a leaderless group has taught us much about listening with respect and trust. This has inspired each of us to take risks and to stand in our authentic selves.

In that spirit we now offer audiences in the Atlanta area and beyond, the opportunity to connect with their authentic selves through our performances. Armed with our drums, songs, stories and dance we invite you to grab a shaker, or shake your booty and share in the joy that has come into each of our lives through our drumming community.


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ConunDrums - Our Music

ConunDRUMS is a percussion ensemble playing instruments and music primarily from the traditions of the Malinke, Susu, and other related ethnic groups in the West African countries of Guinea, Mali, Sierra Lione, and Cote D'Ivoire. This music is part of an oral tradition passed down through generations. It has gained popularity in Europe and North American in the last half century as more and more West African musicians have come to teach and share their rich cultural heritage.

Besides West African polyrhythms, ConunDRUMS shows are sprinkled with other influences we've picked up along the way. You might hear Safiyah singing the South African song Shoshalossa, Cheri telling a Native American story, or see Ru glide past in a middle-Eastern belly-dance style. We're always open to experimenting with other musicians and styles (try the Audio tab).

 


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ConunDrums - Performances

ConunDRUMS is available for anything from 20 minute to 1 hour performances composed of a mix of drumming, singing, dancing, and storytelling. Our performances always invite interaction and we can tailor the amount of audience participation to your group and your occasion. We have played for a wide variety of events including festivals, community celebrations, worship services, birthday parties, and school assemblies.

We ConunDrums love to get behind a good cause. In addition to performing at fund raisers for organizations we support, we often take part (often with other Atlanta drummers) in community consciousness-raising events such as Atlanta's annual MLK Day march, the recent Southern Regional March for Peace in Iraq and Justice at Home.

Drumming is an incredibly versatile form of self expression and group interaction. We are continuously exploring new ways to incorporate it into our daily lives as an outlet for creativity, a tool for education, and as a bridge for connecting us with other people.

 

 

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ConunDrums - Past Performances

Festivals, Parades, Openings, and Similar Events

  • Grant Park Summer Shade Festival 2014
  • Inman Park Festival Parade 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (in association with WAND)
  • Decatur Arts Festival 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Decatur Book Festival 2010
  • Oak Groove Festival 2013
  • Fringe Festival 2013
  • Peachtree Road Race 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • West Fest at Art Center West, Roswell
  • Pine Lake Village Festival
  • Atlanta Caribbean Folk Festival, African Carnival 2012
  • Oakhurst Community Garden
  • Piedmont Hospital Cancer Wellness Program Grand Opening
  • Louise Runyon Company Dance and Poetry Weekend, 2008
  • Decatur Blue Sky Concerts 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Stone Mountain Art Walk and Movie-on-Main 2013

Conferences

  • Center for Trauma and Torture
  • YMCA of USA Strong Communities Conference
  • National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention
  • WAND Mothers Day for Peace

NonProfit Fundraisers

  • Out of the Darkness: Walk for Suicide Prevention 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Walk for Heroes 2007, 2008
  • YMCA Partners with Youth Jamboree at Eddie's Attic 2004, 2005
  • Henderson Middle School Band-Aid

Schools and Community Organizations

  • Arbor Montessori School
  • Decatur Library 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Oakgrove Elementary School Black History Celebration 2005, 2006
  • University Heights United Methodist Preschool
  • Atlanta International School - Cultural Arts Festival
  • Galloway School Holiday Party
  • Park Springs Retirement Center

Worship Services

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
  • Trinity Church of Religious Science
  • Christ Covenant MCC of Decatur
  • First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta

Parties

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Retirements
  • Holiday Parties
  • Company, Org, Club Parties

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ConunDrums - Audio Clips

Madan String Jam - with Laurence Stevenson on fiddle and Mitch Kolosaire on bass

 


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ConunDrums - Stone Mountain Christmas Celebration


ConunDrums - Commercial for Bayer Asprin

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ConunDrums - Instruction

There are many sources of instruction in drumming available in the Atlanta area. We enthusiastically encourage you to seek out instruction and join in the fun. Two of our own Conundrums provide instruction.

Amy Jackson, musical director of ConunDrums , and co-founder of DrumRise, is a professional drum circle facilitator, professional musician,and teaching artist that provides rhythm based programs to senior facilities, schools, community centers, private groups, churches, and special events. Please visit her website at www.drummingatlanta.com for more information.

Contact Amy at amy@drumrise.net.

Cindy Stark Reid: Along with a private practice in massage therapy and counseling, Cindy is a facilitator at Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Hospital as well as a HealthRhythms™ trained leader of an on-going Wellness Rhythms class. She is available for leading recreational and wellness rhythm events.

Contact Cindy at cstarkreid@comcast.net.

 

 

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ConunDrums - Contact Us

To schedule Conundrums
for your event email:

cstarkreid@comcast.net and make sure your subject includes "Conundrums Scheduling"

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