New World Rhythmatism
Performance LV-Bellydance Intensive 2007, Part I and II
Guidebook to New World Rhythmatism
200 Pages describing and explaining all you need to know to get started integrating this practice into your own ensemble of drummers, dancers, and chanters, both together or alone. In addition to the NWR calls, structures, and gestures, there is notation for twenty-two traditional and contemporary rhythms. There are also exercises and detailed discussion for developing musical ideas, cultivating rhythmic skills, and a set of "contemplations" to help reflect on some of the deeper lessons on the trail of rhythm. Regardless of whether you pursue NWR, this guidebook is full of gems for rhythmatists of all stripes.
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|New World Rhythmatism is a collaborative approach to community percussion, dance, and chant that utilizes a shared set of calls, gestures, and generalized frameworks to create refined group improvisations. Each individual in the ensemble participates as both leader and follower, applying NWR methods to co-produce complex musical ideas and group choreography that spontaneously unfold over the course of each session.
A session is a convergence of Rhythmatists who contribute the gifts of their practice to inspire, provoke, and nurture each other in a shared exploration of artful relationship.
NWR's emphasis on dynamic interactions between drummers, dancers, and singers (chanters) results in a collaborative experience that combines self expression and group creativity in an endless process of discovery. The interdependence between these three arts propels the action from moment to moment as participants inspire, support, challenge and adjust to teach other's experimentations. The quality of relationship and depth of practice that grows out of this creative commujnion becomes the emotional content of the art. In NWR, the beauty is as much a reflection of how we play together, as it is an expression technical skill.
NWR can be applied to different styles of drum, dance, and chant. Joshua and Deborah guide ensembles that are based in Middle-Eastern forms.
If you are new to the world of drum, dance, and chant, New World Rhythmatism provides a map of the wide territory before you. It also offers the tools to pursue further studies within traditional cultural styles.
New World Rhythmatism is a distinctly modern method for integrating the ancient vehicles of community based rhythmic life. It is designed to account for the wide ranging diversity and lack of coherent cultural history that characterizes community music and dance in the West. The goal of NWR mirrors the challenge posed by our globalizing world: "how can we share vision and control, attend to each other's needs and desires, and learn to live and play well together?" Rhythmatists treat this question as the guiding principle behind the beauty they create with one another.