Greetings Friends,
We are so excited to share our passion for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music, dance, and drumming! Thanks to the Ford Theatres, we welcome you to our interactive Jam Session, where everyone gathers together on the Ford Amphitheatre stage to play drums, dance, and become part of a rhythm, music and dance ensemble! You are welcome to bring your own drum or percussion instrument, and we will also bring plenty of Middle Eastern frame drums, other kinds of drums and percussion instruments.

Group drumming brings people together from all backgrounds, builds community spirit, reduces stress and boosts our immune system, and is FUN! Grab a drum, join the groove, and enjoy traditional social dancing led by Marguerite and Juliette. Scott Marcus and his UCSB Middle East Ensemble will inspire you to play rhythm and dance with diverse melodies.

Welcome to our Middle East Facilitated Rhythm, Music, Dance
& Drum Circle, where everyone is a co-creator!!

We are grateful to ethnomusicologist Dr Scott Marcus and his ensemble from Santa Barbara, who are Cultural Ambassadors of International Good Will. 

"One of the first realizations of any new member in our 
group is the astonishing number and diversity of cultures 

and musics found in the Middle East."  
Dr Scott Marcus

Click here to learn more about Dr Scott Marcus, the
UCSB Middle East Ensemble, and Middle Eastern instruments.

Click here to learn more about JAM Sessions at the Ford ~ rather than
sitting in the audience, everyone becomes a co-creator!

~ Special thanks to Remo RMC  for providing weather-proof and durable drums.

We look forward to celebrating together at the Ford!
Rowan Storm

130923 JAM at the Ford

Monday 23 September 2103
Middle Eastern Drumming, Music & Dance Circle
7:00 - 9:00pm

Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(near the Hollywood Bowl)
Plenty of free on-site parking
Reservations: (323) 461-3673
. . . or just show up!

UCSB Middle East Ensemble
Scott Marcus ~ mizmar, ney
Jim Grippo ~ qanun
Susan Rudnicki ~ tabla baladi, darbuka 

Dance teachers:
Marguerite Kusuhara ~ Middle Eastern social dancing   
Juliette Arroyo ~ Dubke, Middle Eastern line dancing   

 Rhythm Circle Facilitator:
Rowan Storm ~ Artistic Director

Family friendly ~ all ages welcome
Beginning and experienced drummers welcome
Drums and percussion provided courtesy of Remo, Inc
or bring your own!

Ghawazi ~ UCSB Middle East Ensemble


Marguerite & Lani social dancing
Juliette Arroyo
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Rowan Storm is recognized internationally as a Middle Eastern drumming expert and educator, singer, and designer of frame drums produced by Remo and Cooperman drum companies. Recognizing that rhythm is our natural birthright, Rowan welcomes all levels of drummers to the exhilaration of community and rhythmic harmony in her Facilitated Rhythm and Drum CIrcles.
Mark your Calendars:
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Middle East Rhythm & Drum Circles 
with Rowan Storm 

Saturdays ~ 1:30-3:30pm
12 October, 16 November, 14 December, 2013
Click here for more information


12 - 19 July, 2014
Immerse yourself for a week in Middle Eastern Music, Dance and Culture
in the magnificent Redwood Forest of Mendocino, California!
Staff of expert instructors including Scott Marcus and Rowan Storm
Click here for more information, check back to learn more details
  Click here for photos on Facebook page
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   The following organizations are dedicated to cultural diplomacy. Whether your focus is community-building with rhythm-based events, or embracing traditional music, dance and culture from the Middle East and Mediterranean, you will find inspiring programs that are educational, entertaining, and experiential:       
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This program is supported by Remo, Inc