Drumming Connectivity

video by Paul Cassleman


Corporate and Community Team-Building Drum Circles

by internationally-acclaimed drummer and drum circle facilitator Harris Eisenstadt

Please contact harris at harriseisenstadt dot com for more information

To play a drum or drums.
To thump or tap rhythmically or continually.
To produce a booming, reverberating sound by beating wings, as certain birds do.
To summon by or as if by beating a drum.

The quality or condition of being connected or connective.
The ability to make and maintain a connection between two or more points.

Drumming Connectivity events are custom-designed to meet your company’s needs. Through close consultation we’ll work together to create the perfect team-building event for your group. We have facilitated team-building drum circles for large groups in the hundreds and intimate groups of just a handful. Our team-building workshops make connections between in-the-moment event-shaping in the drum circle and in the workplace.

Recent Clients:

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Carnegie Hall
The Halo Group, Inc.
IPREX Global Public Relations

 Drumming Connectivity workshops emphasize:

1. Listening to each other
Responding to each other
Holding musical conversations
Knowing when to lead and when to follow
Integrating Improvisation
8. Connecting drumming and workplace actions
Building and layering skills incrementally
Having fun

Recent Drumming Connectivity Event Plan:

1. Welcome, Opening Remarks                                            

2. Introductory Echo Rhythms                                          
- Drumline, 3-2 clave

3. Basic Hand Techniques   
- Why getting a good sound is important

4. Kpanlogo basic beat                                                    
- What does it mean to play in unison?

5. Intro call for Kpanlogo basic beat                            
-How do we know when to start?

6. Ending call for with basic beat                       
-How do we know when to stop?

7. Call and Response Dialogue               
- Verbal syllables to represent drum language.

8. Warning call then Call & Response Dialogue  
-Recognizing and Acting on Warning signs

9. Polyrhythm (3/2 + basic beat)               
-Multi-tasking, “The tyranny of the bell”

10. Putting it all together                                 
- “Juggling all of your stakeholders”

11. Concluding remarks/comments/questions                                                      


Recent opening remarks from a Drumming Connectivity event:

Drumming and communication go hand in hand.

Drums in Africa are often used to communicate across long distances, provide the soundtrack to cultural rites of passage and celebrations, and provide sonic inspiration for daily work in the fields, cities, towns and villages.

The drumming we’ll do this morning will help foster an environment of cooperation and communication.

In the corporate world, the ability for people to connect on a personal level can be difficult due to both work demands and life obligations.

Technology in the workplace can actually impede meaningful interpersonal communication.  There may be iphone apps to simulate drum circles, but the fact is that real drumming is about real-time listening, interaction, and communication.

Drumming provides the perfect living metaphor for the kind of team building that will benefit your company. It is an ancient form of collaboration that demonstrates the sum of all parts is what makes the greatest rhythms possible.

Drumming gives people the ability to break out of the daily hustle while inciting goal-oriented, focused work in a non-confrontational and creative forum.

We’ll not only be creating music; we’ll be engaging our hearts, our minds, our endorphins, our muscles, indeed our whole beings.   

Drumming allows us each to creatively express our own role in the group, while illustrating that others are also valuable, no matter the instrument, job, skills or qualifications.

All members work together; all members must rely on each other to fulfill the rhythm’s fullest potential.

Drumming asks practitioners to listen closely, grow together and forge important interpersonal bonds.

The end goal of this event is to illustrate that each member has an integral part to play in the group’s overall success.

Photo by Paul Cassleman