Friday, Oct 30, 2020 10:30a -
Mass Ave. and Fairfield Street
Boston, MA 02215
Festivals & Fairs, Kid Friendly, Lectures & Conferences, Music, Performing Arts, Virtual & Streaming
As one of the Esplanade musicians for this Friday's 10/30/20 event, percussionist Kevin Driscoll will demonstrate the newly installed PercussionPlay tumbadoras at Boston's Charles River Esplanade location between Mass Ave. and Fairfield Street at the 10:30 AM Miriam & Sidney Stoneman Playground Ribbon Cutting.
Drumming outdoors and the outdoor drum stretches back in time, often used in religious ceremonies and rituals. Used for communicating over long distances, drums were used to communicate between tribes. Leading warriors into battle, war drums have been employed for thousands of years to motivate and direct combatants.
Outdoor drumming is now back on the increase, with permanent installations of sets of drums appearing in parks and playgrounds, encouraging children to begin to grasp the concepts of rhythm and timbre. The challenge with outdoor drums permanently installed and subject to the vagaries of the world’s weather, is, of course, ensuring their longevity and integrity. This is done by combining modern technologies and hand-finishing techniques. Probably the best combination in the construction of the outdoor drum is a PVC shell and an ABS head. Outdoor drums are nowadays permanently installed often with a concrete base ensuring that they are not vandalized or easily removed. They can be installed individually or in groups of different sizes.
This event is free and open to the public.