World drumming exhibit at Musical Instrument Museum Saturday

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

Drummers and drum-enthusiasts are invited to join the community at the Musical Instrument Museum, along with nationally acclaimed artists and Arizona’s top percussionists to experience international drumming.

“Drum Break: Discover What’s Beyond the Beat” will be a multicultural exploration of the world’s drumming traditions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the MIM, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix.

Patrons will have the chance to play drums from around the world, watch a variety of performances, and participate in drum clinics and instrument-making demonstrations, according to a press release.

The event will feature:

  • Jazz and Cuban music clinic with Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Nachito Herrera
  • Native American drum demonstration by Alex Maldonado
  • Salsa and Latin jazz clinic with John Santos
  • Sabar drumming workshop Dr. Sonja Branch
  • A talk with Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug Clifford
  • Drum dialogue with Dr. Sonja Branch, Joe Goglia, Dom Moio, and Ghaleb Tawil
  • Tabla and harmonium demonstration by Prafulla Athalye and Deepak Kulkarni
  • Jazz drum demonstration with Dom Moio
  • Demonstration by Bruce Pulk, principal timpanist of the Phoenix Symphony
  • Pop-up performances by Ghaleb Tawil, Crossing 32nd Street, and the Dobson High School drum line
  • A conversation about local music culture with Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona, Silverplatter, Stinkweeds)

Drum Break activities are included with paid museum admission. Admission to the special exhibition Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World is an additional $7, according to the release.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

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