http://www.MikeVeny.Com Toca artist Mike Veny having some fun in the studio and demonstrating new djembes with his friends Tristant Marzeski and Brendan Finnegan (fellow Toca artist). In this video, Mike demonstrates a simple idea of how you can have fun with percussion regardless of your skill level or ability. This playful exchange was inspired by Mikes work as a drum circle facilitator, studying Developmental Community Music with Kalani, laughter yoga, and being his childlike self.
Having fun with music is so important. We’ve become a society that takes recreational music making way too seriously. Honoring traditional rhythms and techniques is important for education and childlike playfulness is important for the spirit. Mike, Brendan, and Tristan are clearly having fun.
In addition to the fun they are having, they are demonstrating the Toca 14 inch Freestyle Djembe (Toca’s best selling percussion item), the Toca 14 inch Freestyle Djembe with an extended rim, and the Toca Master Series Djembe. Mike has used both instruments extensively and has found the Freestlye to be flexible enough to fit a variety of musical situations. Best of all, this drum is really light. The Master Series Djembe is simply a work of art. The dense wood is hand carved and the drum has a crystal clear tone, regardless of where you play on it. As always, Toca succeeded in making instruments that sound great and looks great.
Both of these djembes have become an important part of Mike’s sound as drummer. He uses Freestyle djembe for most performances and recordings, and brings out the Master Series djembe on special occasions. Both instruments bring him much happiness.
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