On February 28, the Beat Factor Drum Group were joined on stage with The Astara Belly Dancers for a joint performance on a number of drum pieces from Middle-eastern to Caribbean/Samba style. The special FriYay event event and sponsored by the Wyndham City council and co-hosted by the Point Cook Pop Up Park. A great night of entertainment was enjoyed by the community and a great contribution from all the other local artists as well Rod – Ensemble Director – Beat Factor Music
Middle Eastern Drum & Dance piece.
Combined performance by Beat Factor Drum Group & Astara Belly Dancers
Caribbean/Samba drum piece
Moving to the rhythm with the Beat Factor Drum Group and the Astara Belly Dancers, Point Cook Pop UP Park, February 2020.
Looking forward to playing some great Reggae music with GAIA the Band at the Jamaican Music and Food Festival on November 10 at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, Melbourne. From 12.00 pm to 8 pm. Tickets $20- $40 www.jmff.com.au GAIA the Band on at 2.00pm.
Should be a great day.
November 10th, 2019, the Jamaican Music & Food Festival family will gather like-minded Jamaican music and food fans together to experience one glorious day of food, Reggae, Dub, Rocksteady and Dancehall music in the Australian sunshine. Soundtracked by some of the very best DJs, artists and live music the country has to offer, the Jamaican Music & Food Festival has become a benchmark for the best performances inspired by music straight out of Jamaica.
With over thirty food and other traders and 10,000 visitors in 2018, this year can only hold more great entertainment and party vibes.
We hope you will join us for another magical afternoon in the unique surrounds of Seaworks, Williamstown.
What a great way to spend Sunday afternoon laying some improvised grooves with the local drummers in Montreal, Canada, as part of my overseas trip in July. My new friend and I started this rhythmic pattern and everyone joined in and got into the drumming spirit. It’s amazing how much listening goes on when performing/improvising with a group for the first time. Everyone is locked in to their own rhythm and collectively it evolves as a whole ensemble with intricate rhythms and it sounds amazing. It might of course sound like a bunch of drum noise to the untrained ear. But when everything is clicking, it sounds fantastic and creates a real buzz amongst not only the drummers, but the listening audience as well.
Video of my friend and I Laying down some grooves, whilst other follow.
2. Video of some audience enjoying the rhythm and getting into the spirit.
3. Big drum group jamming away.
4. Drum and dance troupe on the streets of Montreal.
A great night witnessing the Legendary Jazz artist Herbie Hancock at Hamer Hall on June 9 in Melbourne. Vinnie Colaiuta was the drummer in this all star band line up. What a special treat to see the great drumming and musical skills of Herbie Hancock and Vinnie Colaiuta together on stage.