We select & perform short and exciting parts of our repertoire to delight and engage the students. We teach everyone some fun easy rhythms with body percussion, vocals and drum demonstrations. The students then get a change to play the rhythms on drums as individuals and in groups. There is always lots of laughter, smiling and interaction.
For culturally specific shows simple language and stories about our experiences abroad are included as well as plenty of opportunities for questions.
Music & Culture (Ongaku – Seikatsu)
Music, Dance, Story & Culture (Musik – Tari – Cerita – Budaya)
ACTION PACKED INTERACTIVE DRUMMING SHOW
$7.50 80 – 149 (students)
$6.50 150 – 220 (students)
$6.00 220 – 299 (students)
$5.00 300 – 369 (students)
$4.00 370 -499 (students)
$3.00 500-799 (students)
$2.00 800 – 1000 (students)
Minimum or Workshops
The Rhythm Hunters are a world music performance group. Established in 2004, the group performs at music festivals, corporate events and in Schools.
Artistic director Rendra Freestone has been working in schools for 15 years as a teacher and performer. Rendra has toured every Australian state working under the banners of Nexus arts, Cultural Infusion, The Song Room, as a soloist and with The Rhythm Hunters.
The Rhythm Hunters
Highlighted as a MUST SEE ACT at the National Folk Festival 2008
Selected for New Years Eve Countdown Concert, the Woodford Folk Festival 2009 – 2010
Please direct enquires to Rendra Freestone on 0410 471 474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rhythm Hunters at a Glance
The Rhythm Hunters are a force in world music specializing in dramatic physical drumming performances! Indigenous Islamic music from Indonesia, didgeridoo, western horns and modern textures form the platform for one of the most exciting music groups in Australia.
The group has a growing list of credentials including main-stage slots at Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Dreaming Festival, National Multicultural Festival (ACT), Island Vibe Festival (Stradbroke Island), Mullumbimby Music Festival, Cairns Winter Solstice Festival (QLD), Winter Magic Festival (NSW), Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS) and Peat’s Ridge Music Festival.
The big ‘wow factor’ comes from the dramatic physical movement spectacle on taiko drums: alongside that is tuned bells, gongs, songs, didgeridoo, Indian harmonium, frenetic island log drumming and hints of West Africa.
More than a drumming group, joyfully executed compositions feature soaring melodies on soprano saxophone, sweet ethereal tones of shakuhachi and a range of wind instruments from Indonesia.
Artistic inspiration stems from the dream of celebrated multi-instrumentalist Rendra Freestone to create a visual fusion of Japanese Taiko drumming with indigenous folk music from the little known Islamic provinces of West Sumatra and Aceh, Indonesia.
Of Acehenese heritage, Rendra has developed Taiko drumming alongside the shamanic Sufi-like traditions of Indonesia into a show that has been wowing audiences nationwide.
It’s the combination of Taiko Drumming with their irresistible Indo-Pacific Groove that makes the Rhythm Hunters a group not to be missed!
TESTIMONIAL FOR RHYTHM HUNTERS
For the past two years, I have had the privilege of enjoying being able to arrange Rhythm Hunters to come to our school. In July 2011 & July 2012, Rhythm Hunters created incursion experiences to inspire our students with the Music of Indonesia. In October 2011, Rhythm Hunters also did a rhythm workshop and performance with young people from the wider community at a holiday event that was co-organised with the staff at the Singleton Youth Venue.
I could not recommend Rhythm Hunters more highly. This is for a very wide range of reasons:
I would also like to add that I respect Rhythm Hunters enormously for the way they are not only able to work with great passion and humility in everything that they do, but also with so much respect and sensitivity. As such, they are wonderful role models for our young people today. I do not hesitate to recommend Rhythm Hunters highly and would be happy to elaborate on anything that I have noted in this letter of recommendation.
Kim Hann, Teacher of LOTE, St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton