World Rhythms: Basics of the Cajon
- School of Music workshop
Come join percussionist and composer Julian Loida to learn the basic techniques of the ‘cajon’ as well as a dozen rhythms that are used in flamenco, Celtic, bluegrass, country, singer-songwriter, and Latin music. Julian will be exploring various rhythms and will display ways to begin improvising with these rhythms in both a solo and band context. Auxiliary instruments such as tambourine, shaker, ride cymbal, and brushes will also be covered in this class and shown how they can enhance the textures of both the cajon and various styles.
We have a limited number of cajons available to borrow for the duration of the workshop.
Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.
Julian Loida is a percussionist, multimedia artist, and curator exploring repertoire spanning Western Classical Music, to Cuban Bata drumming, to Jazz and R&B. Julian grew up in St. Louis with his rock band Project 324 along with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra. Since then he has gone on to perform with Alarm Will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He has attended some of the country’s most prestigious music festivals such as Spoleto Music Festival USA, the National Orchestral Institute, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and Round Top Music Festival.
Though Julian is a proficient sideman, he is a passionate entrepreneur, curator, and producer as he has directed interdisciplinary projects such as Versus through Verses, Zeitgeist, as well as his solo project Recital of Dedications. His leadership extends beyond the Western Art tradition as he leads a folkloric Cuban and Brazilian band called INA (formerly Bata Boston), a modern world-jazz quintet called Mojubá, as well as his awarded folk band Night Tree that is the 2016-17 New England Conservatory Wildcard Honors Ensemble. In his final year at New England Conservatory, Julian will be receiving a Master’s Degree in Classical Percussion.
In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and drinking craft beer.