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Arthur Lopez has been Hand Drumming ever since he watched the BabaLu Conga King, Desi Arnaz, playing Ricky Ricardo on the ”I Love Lucy” show. He got his first pair of bongos at age 7. He worked in Television Production/Photography for over 30 years, but he wasn’t truly fulfilled until he turned his drumming passion into his profession as a Drum Circle/Rhythm Event Facilitator.
Arthur wasn’t truly inspired to drum until he first heard Carlos Santana’s’ album in 1969. Thereafter, he soon started to play percussion in his junior HS Jazz band. He moved onto play with Orchestra Liberta during his HS years.
After College he decided to pursue a rewarding career in Television Production where he worked for GREY Advertising in NYC for 20 years and left to pursue his own business in Photography and continue a career in Music.
To further his expertise in his field of music and rhythm facilitation he continues to study West African Drumming with Leroy Craddock of the Ebizu Dance and Drumming performance group in Richmond VA and with Katsu-ra Abiola who is the Drumming Director for Suwabi African Ballet in Norfolk VA.
He has studied Taiko drumming under Marco Lienhard from the Taikoza performance group of East Winds Workshop in NYC. June, 2010 and later, was offered the opportunity to teach Taiko drumming to the East Coast SGI Buddhist group in Virginia Beach. They then performed with over 400 Taiko drummers at the “Rock the Era 2010” performance by the youth division, in Philadelphia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv0RwNClGBI
He attended the three days Drum Circle Facilitator Conference Training Workshop in Myrtle Beach, SC. Feb 2010. Conference features an array of workshops on a wide range of DCF related topics.
He has completed the three day Advance Drum Circle Facilitator Challenge Certification with Arthur Hull, (recognized as the father of Modern day Drum Circle Facilitation) Baltimore, MD July, 2011
He completed the three day International Frame Drum Workshop with International Instructors: Germany-David Kuckhermann, USA- Scott Robinson, Italy-Bruno Spagna, Brazil-Clarice Castilho, Iran-Naghmeh Farahmand, in March 23-24-25, 2012 in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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In 2009 he formed the Virginia-World-Rhythms-Drum-Circle.com an open Drum Circle Group that is unifying the communities from Richmond VA to Virginia Beach. He now has three Drum Circle Meetup groups: Richmond Rhythms Drum Circle, Virginia World Rhythms Drum Circle and the Virginia Beach Drum Circle, all of these three groups are Creating Unity in the Community with Drum Circles™.
In 2011 Mr. Lopez created DrumYourDream.com, which spawned out of the work that he started in the Virginia World Rhythms Drum Circle. Drum Your Dream provides Professionally Facilitated Drumming sessions for Senior Homes, Corporations, Schools, Hospitals, Youth Camps, Festivals, Kids at Risk and for the Mentally Challenged Physically Disabled. His professional drumming services are able to provide uplifting, fun filled rhythms based interactive drumming experiences for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their musical abilities or age.
Arthur Lopez’s commitment to foster world peace and global unity in the community, gathered over 150 drummers, for Virginias first ever “Largest Drum Circle in the World” at the Virginia Wesleyan College, September 22, 2012. This is an annual international event that includes Drum Circles from all over the world to drum for Peace and Global Unity. This includes countries from UK, Italy, Australia, India, Mexico, Costa Rica and more. Arthur Lopez says he is very proud be the Co-Founder of this history changing event.
I am offering private Hand Drum lessons on http://betterfly.com/va/newport-news/world-percussion-teachers/user-86991
Please contact Arthur@DrumYourDream.com with your request and for more information.
Professional Drum Circle Facilitator/Organizer
Creating Unity in the Community with Drum Circles™
Arthur@DrumYourDream.com Tel: 757-768-5689
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