Presenters

As we draw closer to the event, presenter bios will be added continually.  For now, some presenters include: 

 

Johnny De’Scoville is a living treasure full of the ancient rhythms of Haiti and Cuba. For over 40 years he has been obsessed with these drum and dance traditions.  He has studied extensively with John Amira in New York, and was Amira’s assistant at Naropa back in the 80s. After multiple trips to West Africa and Haiti, Johnny offers a respectful and reverent glimpse into the relationships between African and Caribbean religious traditions.  “The power in these rhythms lies in their ability to connect you with a greater spirit.  The dance is the same way. These traditional dances are a form of supplication or prayer. You are praying not with words but with your body.”

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Wandell made his first drum in 1986, in the very early days of the hand drum phenomenon in this country. His love for percussion and people grew, and soon he was exploring every aspect of ethnic percussion. Now, he makes and sells drums, teaches, gives seminars, runs drum building workshops, and owns Primal Beat Percussion, a 20+ year old drum company, as well as Imagicka, an eclectic shop in Binghamton , NY.

It is his calling, and he gave up a job as an electrical engineer to focus on bringing percussion to the people, and feeding the growing drum circles in the U.S. The drum circle is empowering, as everyone has a place, everyone is a musician. His goal: to help break the paradigm that music, spirit, and magickal experience are for a very few, and that the rest of us are destined to be the audience.This illusion must end. Step up, participate, and get involved with the creation of your own life.

 

Janet Farnsworth’s bio is coming soon!