This introductory course is an opportunity to learn the solid basics for playing a frame drum. It’s open to participants of any level, starting from the complete beginners. Together we will explore the sounds of this ancient instrument, build up an ability to play, learn different traditional grooves and develop our rhythmic creativity. We are going to study the technique of frame-drumming according to the approach of the innovative percussionist and composer Zohar Fresco.

Special focus will be dedicated to our primary instrument: the body – it’s posture, responsiveness, the role of breath in the musical creation and how it helps to increase one’s sense of rhythm. To cultivate a more intuitive feel, we will make use of different body practices. All about letting it flow!

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— step-by-step learning of the ‘lap style’ technique
— warm-up exercises to increase the sensitivity in hands and responsiveness in the body
— basics of rhythmic vocalization system based on Konnakol
and rhythmic compositions to develop the musical grammar
— Bodies in Pulse/Pulse in Bodies – a body-voice method to deepen the sense of rhythm and pulse, build up an ability to improvise and practise mindfulness in movement
— basics of group improvisation
— exploration of different rhythmic traditions on the frame drum
— learning how to create your own compositions
— history of frame drums; getting to know different kinds of
traditional frame drums of the Middle East, Southern Europe and North Africa

 → After each workshop, you’ll get a video summary of the workshop and personalized homework to your abilities


The course constitutes of 7 meetings, 2 hours each.
Mondays & Thursdays, 17:00-19:00

4.11 & 7.11
11.11 & 14.11
18.11 & 21.11

Willows Nest, Boxhagener Str 61, 5 min. from Ostkreuz

Early bird – till 25.10: €200
After 25.10: €230

Discount for students, artists, unwaged ♥

borys.drums@gmail.com or pm
(limit: 7 participants)

To book a spot: transfer the deposit of half of the price to the account given in the response. The deposit is non-refundable in case of resignation, but you can pass it to a friend.

We offer drums for rent for the whole course as well as high-quality drums for sale (please contact us if you are interested to check the instruments). The rental fee is €15 + €40 deposit.


The workshop is led by Borys Slowikowski: musician, educator, performer and psychologist. He has studied frame drums from Zohar Fresco since 2010. Studied also from i.a. Bijan Chemirani, Jacek Ostaszewski, Sabina Giannatou, Efren Lopez. Plays mainly traditional music from Greece, Turkey, Poland as well as free improvisation. He is involved in movement improvisation and performance field as well as in varied forms of somatic work. He develops his own method of teaching drums and rhythmics based on somatic practice.




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