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MOZAMBIQUE! Vol. 1 DVD: Cuban style in 3-2 clave Intermediate to advanced playing level. 55 minute instructional video and 30-page booklet.Rated 5 out of 5 Stars by Modern Drummer Magazine: “presented skillfully and patiently”.“This video not only has the capacity to teach it also has the capacity to inspire. This work is a wonderful tool for us all. ” Chuck Silverman – Musician, Author, Educator “This is an excellent opportunity to learn the original Mozambique in a straight forward and well designed format. The material is broken down slowly and carefully, with clear explanations. Highly recommended! ”
Michael Spiro – Percussionist, Producer, Educator
Features of Kim s presentation include:

  • History of the rhythm and instruction for playing it on three drums
  • Over-head camera shows players  perspective during instruction
  • All parts broken down individually and played together in combinations
  • All parts counted in 8th and 16th notes, and played with Rumba clave
  • Conga parts are spoken with familiar gn, go, pa  syllables
  • Instructions for playing the rhythm in 4, 5, 8, and 9 piece ensembles

Clave Consciousness Vol. 1Awaken your consciousness and unlock your musical potential by learning the keys to rhythm the world over – Patterns of Clave (Kla-Veh)In this simple program, guided by master teacher and sound healer Kim Atkinson, you will discover the rhythm patterns that define styles throughout the world – Son Clave and 12 Bell.We’ll count, clap, step, speak and learn to embody the key pattern, then practice it at different speeds in 40 minutes of groove sessions. With clave as your rhythmic ground, you are free to sculpt variations inside, outside and around the basic beat, as you improvise on your drum or other instrument.Clave Consciousness lessons will help you expand your own music. These lessons are integral to my Speaking of Rhythm!” Series which exploresAfrican Diaspora music.Free online lesson notes and more information at… www.pulsewave.comSon Clave

Clave Consciousness Vol. 2Welcome to a lesson and groove session in two of the most intriguing patterns found in world music today: Rumba Clave and AbaCua clave.In this lesson you will learn the patterns from the inside out. I lead you through counting and clapping clave in different ways, stick and hand coordination exercises and extended musical examples to help you embody the rhythm. The lesson ends with 25 minutes of clave grooves in both 12 and 16 at different tempos for you to play along with.Clave Consciousness lessons will help you expand your own music. In addition they will help you understand many forms of Cuban and other music. For free online lesson notes and more information visit… www.pulsewave.comRumba Clave

Speaking of Rhythm Series, vol. 1-6 Speaking of Rhythm is an aural/oral system of teaching and learning music, and is simply the best way to learn. It is the same way children learn language: listen, repeat, correct, repeat, listen.

Speaking and singing these rhythms will enable you to express them on any instrument.In this play-along lesson series you will learn ancient drum patterns by speaking and singing syllables that mimic the sound of percussion instruments. The syllables are a map to the drum strokes and teach the basic melody and feeling of each part.You learn how to start each pattern, how it fits in time, and most importantly, how each pattern fits with the clave rhythm, the key to the puzzle of these African based patterns. During the lesson you and I play on conga drums, bells, shakers and sticks and build up an entire ensemble rhythm with solo movements.The series covers a basic repertoire of ensemble dance rhythms from the Caribbean, Brazil and Africa.
As entertaining as it is educational, Kim breaks these rhythms down in every way possible and keeps your attention, while making listening and playing along to the different parts less like practice and more like fun. He then builds the rhythms back up again in such a way that you hear every relationship between the parts as played by the different instruments. I thank Kim Atkinson for Sharing His Spirit with us in such a way that we can all become better players and facilitators… 
– Arthur Hull

Thanks to all my teachers and students who have inspired me to create this project. Dedicated to Babatunde Olatunji, originator of the GnGoPa method.

Free online lesson notes and more at www.PulseWave.com

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Grooves to Live In – Brazilian Percussion OrchestraCarnaval Spirit Bateria is a 55 minute CD of inspiring percussion music featuring the sounds of the Brazilian Bateria (collection of drums) We use 3 or more richly tuned bass drums (surdos), caxia (snare drum), agogo (double African bell), tamborim (small stick drum, no jingles), ganza (tube shaker), repinique ( high pitched drum that gives signals), and congas to create a vibrant weave of good feelings. Core members in this recording have studied and played these arrangements with director Kim Atkinson for more than 10 years! “The percussion tracks by Kim Atkinson and his Carnaval Spirit ensemble are so engaging and musically comforting that you will want them around all the time…. …. the more you listen and realize all the varied rhythmic sources and fusions, it becomes clear that this is an expansive overview within the microcosm of percussion music. You do not really miss vocals and the usual harmonic instruments because the sonorities of all this great percussion, so creatively and carefully put together, are enough. Each piece moves you through a journey while telling you a story. What more could you want?”
– Zeno Okeanos


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MOZAMBIQUE! Vol. 2: Cuban & New York Style in 2-3 ClaveIntermediate to advanced playing level.55 minute instructional video and 30-page booklet.Companion to Mozambique! Volume 1.In this volume, Kim expands and continues with his extremely thorough presentation of Mozambique, the Cuban Carnaval music created by Pello el Afrokan. Here he shows how the rhythm is commonly played in a band setting, in contrast to the previous volume which showed a more folkloric style. The second half of this video is devoted to the “New York” style, played on congas and timbales, which is generally understood as Mozambique in the US
– Descarga Music Catalogue May 1997.
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