My name is Lee Kix. I am a Trained HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator. I have studied with Arthur Hull and his Village Music Circles. I have assisted Interactive Rhythm Events with Christine Stevens, Jeni Swerdlow and Ossie Maier. I have done Drum Circles for Children’s Book Festival and facilitated from the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. But where did it all start? Kindly, read on.I played my first gig when I was 12 years old. I loaded my three-piece drum set I had bought with my life savings into my red Radio Flyer wagon and started off down the road to the Cordovox player’s house. The Cordovox (amplified accordion) player was 16. He could drive us to the gig.
By the mid-70’s I had moved to Southern California where I continued building upon my passion for music. I toured Japan with Felix Pappalardi (Cream, Mountain) where I shared the stage with the likes of Jeff Beck and the New York Dolls. I toured the US and Canada with Bob Welch and Walter Egan sharing the bill with the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Santana, Heart, The Cars, Foreigner, and many others. I became the staff drummer for “The Midnight Special”. I have drummed on soundtracks for “Flashdance”, “The Karate Kid” and the “Main Event” (Barbara Streisand / Ryan O’Neal) to name a few. I’ve recorded vocals with Lindsey Buckingham and Dean Torrance (Jan and Dean). All of this and more took place before a career-changing injury changed my life.
I now focus my attention on the Art of Drum Circle Facilitation and Sound-Scapes created with the meditative powers of the Gong and Tibetan Healing Bowls. In addition to my local workshops in both fields, I have also taken my love of music to Yoga Retreats in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, California, and Illinois.
Circle the Drums
A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance. They can range in size from a handful of players to circles with thousands of participants.
In 1991, during testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart stated:
Typically, people gather to drum in drum “circles” with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.
Gong Bath Meditation
Allow yourself to be immersed in the soothing sounds. Allow the sound to surround you. Accept the pulsating vibrations of the Gongs. Let your mind and body enjoy the meditative properties of the Tibetan Healing Bowls. Let your feelings be awash with peace and harmony. Bathe yourself in the wondrous pool of the GONG BATH.
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It’s not about being a great drummer; it’s all about the drumming.
A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance.
Allow yourself to participate fully in the Drum Circle. Allow yourself to be an integral part of the total experience. We live in a very stressful world where life often moves too fast.
Drumming has shown to increase the activity of the cancer killing natural immune cells. (click on the big pic to read more)