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Teaching Latin Percussion with Fran Vielma

Salem State music faculty Fran Vielma presents a hands-on percussion workshop joined by percussionist Jeickov Vital: an experienced Afro-Venezuelan music researcher and educator; and drummer Daniel Prim: a dedicated performer that incorporates traditional styles from Venezuela into contemporary drum-set playing.

Culo e’ Puya and Mina drum ensembles, chants, and a small demonstration of the dances of these styles from Miranda state of Venezuela (central-east coast) will be thoroughly explained. Vielma, Vital, and Prim will also coach attendees while performing these two joyful drumming and chanting ensembles.

This workshop material is a great resource for time exercises (feeling, melodic rhythms, and polyrhythms) that can be used by music students of all levels.

Francisco (Fran) Vielma is a Venezuelan multi-percussionist who specializes in Venezuelan rhythms and drums. He holds a Masters in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. Vielma has received multiple awards and honors. He is also a composer, arranger, and educator. In his compositions, he fuses Venezuelan rhythms with jazz elements and concert music. His versatility as a percussionist and arranger of different genres from Caribbean, Venezuelan, Jazz and world music has involved him in recording projects and tours with renowned musicians in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, United States, Panama, and Australia.Vielma has played with the Paul Winter Consort, Javier Limon, Luis Enrique, Eguie Castrillo, Occidental Gypsy, Cesar Orozco&Kamarata Jazz, Alcides Rodriguez, and the New England Conservatory Jazz Ambassadors ’15, among others. Currently, Fran Vielma is adjunct faculty in the music and dance department at Salem State University. 


$30 General
$20 Non-Salem State students (must present valid student ID)

All Salem State affiliates are admitted free. Please email arts@salemstate.edu to reserve your spot using your Salem State email account.

PDP's are available. A minimum of 10 hours (4 workshops) is required to earn PDPs.

When 9:00pm
Classroom Building, Central Campus
71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Recital Hall
Karen A Gahagan

For access and accommodation information, visit salemstate.edu/access or email access@salemstate.edu.

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