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Drumming Papuan Garamut

Feb 23

Event Dates

  • Fri Feb 23 11:30 AM


University Heights Center

Friday, February 23, 2024
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Drum Workshop at University Heights (Room 209)
Free, Ages 13 and up, Family Friendly, No Experience Necessary
RSVP required, space is limited.
Reserve your spot HERE

Mea Joy Ingram and her father Airileke will lead this drumming workshop, teaching some of the basic rhythms on their Garamut (Papuan log drum). Aremistic, a master percussionist from Tahiti, will also join in to share Tahitian rhythms on To’ere (Tahitian log drum). Whether it is the Tahitian To’ere, the Fijian Lali, the Vanuatuan Tamtam, the Cook Island Pate or the Papuan Garamut, a tradition of slit log drums reverberates across our “Sea of Islands'' from one end of the Pacific to the other. 

PNG artist Mea Joy Ingram comes from a long line of drummers and dancers. She was taught by her father, master percussionist Airileke Ingram, in the tradition of Manus Garamut, Cook Island Pate, and Gabagaba Motu Mavaru. The Garamut drumming of PNG was traditionally an artform dominated by men, however Mea, having just turned 18, represents the new generation of female log drummers emerging from Oceania.