Jalopy Jr. Folk: Drumming Class with Phil Kester

by Jalopy Theatre
Jalopy Jr. Folk: Drumming Class with Phil Kester This is an in-person event 02 Oct, 2021, 10:00AM to
11 Dec, 2021, 10:45AM (EST)
Jalopy Theatre and School Of Music
315 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Welcome to Jalopy Jr. !
We are focused on building community and teaching folk and traditional music. We have a place for every level of learner and every financial situation. Along with the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, we offer private and group classes to people of all ages from newborn to adult.  The experienced teachers at Jalopy are here to encourage musical exploration through singing and playing instruments like fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, and more!  Rental instruments and financial aid are available!

Please reach out to our Jalopy Jr. directors with any questions:
katie@jalopytheatre.org or kyle@jalopytheatre.org

For information about financial aid, please contact lynette@jalopytheatre.org

DRUMMING CLASS: Percussion Rhythms From Around The World 
SATURDAYS from 10am to 11am
$325 for 11 sessions
Ages: 7 - 17
Group Size: 8 to 12
Instructor: Phil Kester

Exploration of percussion instruments and music from the Americas and beyond. Everything from cajun rubboard and T'fer (triangle) to afro-cuban congas, bongos, clave, timbales to brazilian pandero, indian kanjira to the modern drumset will be explored.  Each class will focus on hands on learning of various techniques and rhythms to be performed in a collaborative and encouraging environment.

This planning and guidance is subject to change in response to local public health conditions and local, state, and federal guidelines.

As we face this new school year together, The Jalopy School of Folk Music is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our community and the larger communities within which we live.  With the pandemic likely to continue beyond Fall 2021, we must adapt to these new conditions that tear at the fabric of our shared experiences.  Thankfully, as musicians, we continue to practice the gentle art of  “planning for improvisation”.  

Please note our new practices and protocols below and feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions, comments, concerns, or fresh ideas. 

1. All Jalopy instructors and staff will provide proof of being fully vaccinated 
2. All students, instructors, and staff will wear masks (regardless of vaccination status)
3. Jalopy facilities are equipped with UV Powered air filtration systems 
4. Outdoor garden and back patio spaces will be used as much as possible (weather permitting)
5. Classroom doors and windows will be open whenever possible to provide adequate ventilation
6. Classroom surfaces and instruments will be sanitized before and after each class session
7. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments and maintain proper social distancing 
8. Any student exhibiting cold or flu symptoms is ask not to participate in our in-person classes and events

SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus first identified in 2019, causes the potentially life-threatening disease COVID-19. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), its primary mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks; spread is most likely when people are in close contact with each other. This is why wearing masks and maintaining physical distance from others are currently among the most effective methods of preventing the spread. The protocols we outlined above are anchored in the emerging scientific understanding of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and are informed by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.  As knowledge of the disease changes, these protocols will change as needed. This planning and guidance is also subject to change in response to local public health conditions and local, state, and federal guidelines.

Phil Kester: 
drummer, percussionist, composer, gong shaman   

Since arriving in NYC in '99, Phil has established himself as a versatile and accomplished drummer, appearing on many albums of an eclectic range. In 2003 he recorded East Village Sessions and a live DVD with the legendary Gong offshoot, Gongzilla, which stands out as a tour de force of his percussion abilities from drumset to hand drums to marimba in one set or even one song.  Phil has performed with Gary Husband, David Fiuczynski, Jack Cinneger, Wendy Eisenberg, Happy Rhodes, Tony Scherr, Clark Gayton and has opened for St. Vincent, Umphrey's McGee and many others.
He currently plays in a range of working bands from balkan jazz trio (Choban Elektrik) to rock experimental (Heldin) ska, reggae (Clark Gayton & the Superslicks) New Orleans brass band (Gotham Easy), blues (Milkman and Sons, David Phelps) zydico (Dr. Zsa) and is a busy sideman and recording artist.

Phil also leads gong meditations with several yoga studios and dancers at @nycgong as well as a monthly full moon gong ritual series in Red Hook.