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Aaron Kierbel is a professional drummer from Oakland, CA and the founder of RhythmALLogy, using drumming and rhythm to build human connection and community within an increasingly disconnected modern world. He has presented in schools, jails, shelters, festivals and corporate boardrooms, and consults as a teaching artist with top Bay Area organizations such as Destiny Arts, Performing Arts Workshop, LEAP and Attitudinal Healing Connection. He tours  nationally and internationally as a drummer with genre-defying group Rupa and the April Fishes.


Sweet Rhythms: Chocolate + Drumming
This workshop will explore the delicious connection between chocolate and drumming. Be prepared for an interactive, multi-sensory experience: Drums will be played, chocolate will be tasted and a smile will be on your face as you experience the joy of creating Sweet Rhythms together.



AFUA KOUYATE. Preserving West African cultures by presenting inter-active music, song and dance to the general public.

Afua's inspiration and concentration is in Cultural Arts Leadership, Emphasizing Therapeutic Engagement. Her diversity in training with Cultural historians, masters and teachers allows her to create and choreograph African dance and creative movements that spring from her magical ability to stimulate, excite and flow with the rhythms of the drums. While currently working with Spectrum Dance Theater and Associated Recreation Council, Afua has recently co-founded a new Cultural Arts Development that's based out of Seattle, Washington, named Kouyate Arts. Afua oversees management and leadership. For over the past 40 years, Afua has been an integral part of keeping cultural arts and entertainment vibrant in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. Co-founder of Adefua African Music & Dance Company.

Awaken your spirit and experience PlanetAfua!

WORKSHOP:  West African Dance with Afua Kouyate.  
An inter-active dance experience with live drumming! This dance workshop will cater to all levels of dance. Please come prepared to dance barefoot and wear comfortable clothing. There will be all levels of dance on the global dance floor. Come dance, enjoy your experience and share your dance with others!

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ARTHUR HULL is a rhythm ambassador and master at facilitating groups with joyful rhythm experiences. He travels the world inspiring community-building through the metaphor of music. A protégé of Babatunde Olatunji, Arthur originated and defined modern-day Drum Circle Facilitation. His pioneering work has touched the lives of thousands of people, in communities large and small, corporate executives, teachers and kids at risk. Through his Village Music Circle trainings, books and DVDs, he has taught over 12,000 people in 33 countries how to facilitate rhythm-based events. Arthur has been nationally awarded for his success in inspiring music-making, team and community-building, and motivating people with rhythmical expertise and leadership dynamics that promote joy and awareness. He was given a lifetime SWPS membership for his contributions to the Rhythm Festival.

Arthur Hull has 3 offerings:

INTRO TO DRUM CIRCLE FACILITATION – Arthur Hull and Jamtown John Hayden will be co-presenting a hands-on active seminar on the basics of Drum Circle Facilitation. Bring your drum and percussion instruments to join in with this fun drum circle training experience.

RHYTHMICAL ALCHEMY PLAYSHOP – Arthur Hull will facilitate this fun, hands-on drum circle games seminar. We will explore how to facilitate rhythm expression through all types of interactive rhythm games. Bring your drum and percussion instruments to join in with this fun drum circle game Playshop.

GREAT NW DRUM CIRCLE -- Saturday at 5:30