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  • Upcoming — January 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jan 17, 2022

    Although traditional music curricula offer ample training in music performance, research skills receive comparatively little coverage. Yet the changing nature of musical careers makes the ability to explore artistically inspired questions crucial for future success. This event will advance ongoing efforts towards building a nationwide network of percussionists by bringing together perspectives from both research creation (i.e., new works for percussion, different approaches to performance) and percussion-focused research (i.e., examining percussionists’ eye movements, analyzing percussion acoustics). Exploring the “space between” these typically siloed efforts will make new connections and begin to benefit from a wider range of perspectives and expertise.

    The in-person conference will take place at McMaster University (ON) on April 29–30, 2022, and will feature lecture/demonstrations, performances, and research posters. Guest presenters include: Mark Adam, Associate professor, Acting director of Acadia University's School of Music, NS; Nadia Azar, Associate Professor of biomechanics and ergonomics at the University of Windsor, ON. Founder and director of the DRUMMER (Drummer Mechanics & Ergonomics Research) Lab; Darrell Bueckert, Principal Timpanist with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Instructor for the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan, SK; Mark Duggan, Freelance performer and composer, ON; Fabrice Marandola, Associate Professor of Percussion and Contemporary Music, Schulich School of McGill University, Director of CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in music, Media and Technology), QC; Ben Reimer, Percussion and contemporary drum set specialist, Percussion instructor at University of Manitoba, MB; Gina Ryan, Professor of Percussion and Music Education at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), QC; Michael Schutz, Associate Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion at McMaster University in Canada, Director of the MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception, and LEarning) Lab.

    This event is inviting applications for posters and performances that exploring “the space between” artistic creation and research involving percussion, broadly defined. All creative endeavors related to percussion will be considered, with priority given to those offering insight of relevance to percussion performance and pedagogy.  The following topic areas offer examples of some potential topics: percussion and technology (performance and research); instrument acoustics and the creation of new instruments; health, well-being, and injury prevention; using gestures and movements to enhance performance; identity and mental health for percussion students.

    Abstracts should include a title as well as name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s). The total abstract length should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted through the official submission portal.

    Applications for performance should articulate their link with a research topic, and parallel submissions of posters on that topic are encouraged (but not required). Proposed performances should not exceed 15 minutes, including a brief oral introduction of the performance and their link to research. You will be asked to provide a detailed description of the work to be performed, including the instrumentation, as well as audio/video examples.

    Deadlines and Additional Information
    The submission deadline for abstracts (posters and performances) is February 1, 2022. On March 1st, 2022, notifications sent to applicants, and on March 15, 2022, the registration portal opens. The early registration deadline is April 1, 2022.

    For more information, please feel free to contact Michael Schutz ( and/or Fabrice Marandola ( Visit the MAPLE Lab at for updates and information.

  • Upcoming — July 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jul 05, 2021

    When: July 15 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and 16 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
    Where: Music City Center, Nashville, TN
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    When: July 30–August 8
    Where: Online
    Course of Study: This festival will include 22 highly qualified frame drum lecturers, 33 courses and workshops, and a daily free, live program on the Tamburi Frame Drum Channel with more than 20 hours of broadcasting time! Lessons will be held via Zoom.
    Faculty: Glen Velez, Zohar Fresco, Nora Thiele, Marla Leigh, April Centrona, Andrea Piccioni, Paulo Rossetti Murittu, Andrey Tanzu, Ganesh Kumar, Rolf Wagels, Dave Boyd, Isabel Martín, Matthias Haffner, Berkant Çakıcı, Tuğba Gülyeşil, Salim Beltitane, Rui Silva, Naghmeh Farahmand, Kimia Bani, and Fao Torres.
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  • Upcoming — June 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 07, 2021

    Italy Percussion Competition (18th edition)
    When: September 21–26, 2021
    Categories: Marimba, Vibraphone (classical and jazz), Timpani, Snare Drum, and Composition 
    Artists and Adjudicators: MARIMBA: Nebojsa J. Živković, Marta Klimasara, and Denis Petrunin; VIBRAPHONE: David Friedman, Victor Mendoza, and Pierpaolo Bisogno; SNARE DRUM: Fernando Hashimoto, Peter Vulperhorst, and Norbert Rabanser; TIMPANI: John H. Beck, Claudio Romano, and Shiniti Ueno; COMPOSITION: Anders Koppel, Todd Ukena, Eckhard Kopetzki, Leander Kaiser, and Richard LeVan.
    Application Deadline: August 7, 2021
    Registration Fee: 80€
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    New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp
    When: Oct. 3–20, 2021
    Where: Departing Miami, FL
    Course of Study: JazzFest at Sea has an incredible lineup this year: it's a who's who of the great players of early jazz! In addition to the internationally acclaimed artists, they will once again be offering more than 30 hours of opportunity for amateur musicians to get up on stage and jam both with the pros and in their own JazzFest Jammer sessions led by the talented John Skillman and Mike Evans. This is in addition to the regular schedule.
    Information: Bret or Cherie at 800-654-8090 or 

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