On the road again...
Here we begin Arthur's Drumabout Stories for 2016.
In Beijing the air is much clearer this year. Last year, after a full day walking around in the lake park district, I picked up the famous "Beijing Cough." After I left China on my last tour I took my my “Beijing Cough” with me. I hacked away for 3 more countries/Playshops before I got rid of it. read more
To start off the Hangzhou visit, (pronounced HungJoe), I did a drum circle at the "Cai He” high school which holds over two thousand students. Cai is the name of a particular lotus flower that grows in the region. One of my Level 2 Playshop students, Zhon Yao, a music teacher who works there, set up the one hour gig with about eighty 14-year-olds. read more
It was impossible to send you a report of each and every event that I did on this "Japan DrumAbout" but now that it is completed, I will give you some of the highlights before moving on to Hong Kong. read more
Korea 2016 Spring
Pibong Cultural Village
We did our Playshop at the Pibong Cultural Village. This village is situated in the foothills near the Southern city of Jeonju in the heart of the Korean peninsula. read more
Brisbane, Australia July 2016 — A River Runs Through It
Like most Australian cities, Brisbane was founded upon ancient homelands of Australia’s indigenous peoples, specifically the Turral and Jagera peoples, who are still around the area today. read more
Barcelona, Spain 2016
It is "Indian Summer" here in Barcelona, Catalonia Northren Spain. The city is right on the Mediterranean sea, and no matter where you are in the city, the breeze brings the ocean to you. read more
Germany 2016, Part 1
At the 6-day VMC Playshop in Deutschland last year, I drew an outline of Germany on a large poster paper. I put a dot on the map near the center where the city of Kassel is, saying that I have visited Kassel so many times and for so many years that I didn’t really know where any other city was on the map. read more
Lübeck, Germany October 2016
LÜBECK is a beautiful old city in the very north of Germany. Near the Baltic Sea, it is one of the major ports of Germany. Situated on the the river Trave, the oldest part of Lübeck sits on an island enclosed by the river. read more
Germany DrumAbout 2016 - Kassel, Weimar and the Nazis
As Ben and I drove down the autobahn, going south through the rolling hills of Germany, it started to rain more and more. We were scheduled to do a drum circle at an outdoor “Unity through Diversity" cultural celebration festival in the central German city of Kassel. When we got there, the rain slacked off a bit but the weather was still blustery and unpredictable so the drum circle had to be cancelled.