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Denys Vasyliev

Guide in Zaporizhzhya

Drumming the World


Denys Vasyliev is a famous musician. Drums are his passion. His story is about his experience to discover other cultures via drums. He is travelling during the world and learning different drums. For him drums are the key for culture and rhythm is a way to understand all Universes. 

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Keep the Beat! Amanojaku - Japan's Avant Garde Taiko Ensemble

@ VOL 125 ON MAY 28, 2015

"When I see Amanojaku, what I see is a truly and perfectly Japanese interpretation of world music."

When Gregorio Rabuñal witnessed a travelling Japanese Taiko Drumming performance as a young boy living in Bueno Aries, Argentina, little did he know that the drumming seed had been planted in his mind. It was only later in life as a young man when the seed took root, eventually bringing him to Japan to study under one the Taiko world's greatest pioneers, the very one he had seen as a small boy.  

Enjoy Gregorio's journey into Taiko! 

This was Presentation of the Day on June 19th, 2015.

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Monk Drums

@ VOL 11 ON OCT 10, 2015

John Laweka presents the work of Monk Drums, drums locally crafted by the hands of the desert dwelling monks of Chaparral, NM.

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How to find your own rhythm

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 20, 2016

Speaker Denys Vasyliev, leader of BarabanZA (a musical club) and guide in bureau of author's excursions, presents on how to find your own rhytm with ethnic drums. His main idea – everything in a Universe has its own rhythm. With music you can find your own and change your life for good.

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Two Color World

@ VOL 135 ON APR 27, 2016

In "Two Color World" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 135, Illustrator Chiyun Yeh explains the counterintuitive artistic freedom of restricting her work tools to just 2 color simple ballpoint pens to draw the beautiful people and places and share the imaginative stories inside her immediate world. 

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#conlife: Toy Conventions around the World

@ VOL 143 ON JAN 25, 2017

"The toys are amazing but the best part is meeting all the people."

Don Kratzer has been involved in the Indie Toy Scene for over a decade and has spent the past year traveling to Toy Conventions all over the world. In #conlife: Toy Conventions around the World, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 142, he shares his insights into the idiosyncrasies of each local scene and how they relate to the global Art Toy movement.

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Hand Drumming Is Fun and Good for You

@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Annalea Verchinsky talks about the benefits of hand drumming, which range from pure enjoyment to helping with relaxation, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.

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Desolate Beauty: A Contemplation of the Desert

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Contemplative writer David Morrison and Monk Drums (El Paso vol.11) creator Jacob Neria takes us on a journey of of sound, image, and spoken word celebrates a vision of desert spirituality.

As David explains, there is a beauty that can be experienced in the scarcity of desert if we come to it with contemplative eyes. The word, “contemplation,” in Latin, means to “gaze intently upon.” It’s possible to walk in desert landscapes and witness its emptiness until a stunning beauty arises. And further, this beauty begins to gaze into the beholder, and one is transformed forever. In the Irish language, “to contemplate,” means to place oneself at the “edge of waiting.” The desert is a liminal space on the edge of what’s familiar, and it draws and enchants those who dare to walk in its kenotic embrace.

The images are not professionally shot nature photos, but rather the simple snapshots of a lifelong desert walker. The haikus are not literary as much as they are experiential. Mary Oliver sums it up perfectly: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

David Morrison and Jacob Neria are members of Desert Rain Community, a contemporary community of Christian contemplative monks located outside El Paso in Chaparral, NM.

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Drumming Around the World

@ VOL 155 ON FEB 28, 2018


Taiko performer, Mr. Ichitaro has performed over 2,000 times in various parts of the world. He has produced, composed and played in various collaborations not only with shamisen, shakuhachi, but also with flute and other Japanese music instruments, orchestras, jazz and rock musicians. 

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World of Adam

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 02, 2018

Prolific author and illustrator Adam Stower, invites us in to his world of drawn imagination.