Local blogger Krishna filmed Incidentals’ recording session as one of his videos of creative and spiritual events in Calderdale.
Listen and watch us play and sing at our YouTube playlist
We made the masks and got together in a beautiful summer garden to perform sitting variation of a Middle Eastern rhythm Malfuf. We call this composition “Circle Dance”. It consists of three parts, each part played faster than the previous one.
We learnt these variations from the late Layne Redmond‘s training programme.
This performance piece is based on Layne Redmond‘s six variations on the Middle Eastern rhythm Malfuf, for the upright playing position.
The arrangement was developed by the original Incidentals, over time, through team work. we fancied some movement while playing. So someone came with the idea of walking sun-wise to start with and anti sun-wise to finish. We decided to call on the four quarters to open and to call on them again to close.
The performance routine has turned out quite challenging, and we often giggle when we make mistakes and we giggle in rare cases when we do everything right. I guess we just like to giggle.
We loved singing “Mother I Feel You” with the original Incidentals. The frame drumming in this piece is improvised. I went for a modified “wheel” of going up and down from Kah to Tak.
All photos in the video are from the surrounding area where we practice frame drumming near Todmorden, except the two with frame drums: one is of a standing stone on Anglesey, Wales, and another is the taiga pine forest in Russia.
We used variations for a Nubian rhythm as was taught by Layne Redmond to create this composition. There are two breaks that follow a call, during which we all play two cycles of the original Nubian rhythm. Otherwise the piece is improvisational and each drummer plays whichever variations in whichever sequence she likes.
The video also features the masks we made for ourselves.
Jayne the shamanic practitioner taught us this song. She is also the one providing beautiful harmonies for it. Jayne says that since the time we recorded it, her student and she have come up with tons more verses for the song.
I personally love this song, because it is so gentle and good to sing together with other women. I was so inspired as to compose simple rhythm patterns for the verse and chorus. They involve lots of Tak-rolls, because I felt these reflect the rumbles of river streams and the rustling of leaves on the trees.
All the photos are from the local area in West Yorkshire as usual.
We play quite a minimalist accompaniment to this traditional Gaelic blessing as sung by Ashana: just one stroke per drum, and it goes around the circle. Jayne provides beautiful harmonies here. This song moves me, because peace, after all, is the basis or everything good: peace within yourself and peace in the world.