Sonic Tonic: Hymns from the Hive by Layne Redmond

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As we begin to explore rhythm this month, it is only fitting that we begin by exploring the music of one of my favorite drummers, Layne Redmond 1953-2013 was a sound healing pioneer and drummer who made a career out of performing contemporary frame drum compositions.You can learn more from Layne and the history of women drummers In her book, When the Drummers were Women, In the meantime, listen to the rhythms of Master Percussionist Layne Redmond. Let the rhytm get you, let it move you, let it become you, let it breathe through you.

Layne was a master drumming clinician and teacher. She presented her work at numerous venues including the  Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, at the  National Association of Music Therapy; she gave the keynote lecture and performance at the eighth annual Healing Sound Colloquium and was one of the keynote presenters at the 2007 International Sound Healing Conference in Santa Fe, NM.  

In 2006, she and Karen Hopenwasser, MD, presented: Therapeutic Rhythmic Techniques at the International Society for the Study of Dissociationand in 2007 she presented and taught at the University of Florida’s Health and Spirituality Program. She also taught annually in the New York Open Center’s Sound and Music Institute in NY.  She’s taught or performed at Penn State, Vassar College, William’s College, Bucknell College, Hartford Seminary, Andover Newton Theological Institute, Sam Ash Music Institute, Berklee School of Music, Calif. Institute of the Arts, Jacksonville Univ., Roulette, The Knitting Factory, Kripalu and Esalen Institute.

Her recordings include: Since the BeginningTrance Union, (with Tommy Be)Invoking Aphrodite, The Wave of Bliss and Hymns From the Hive. Her best selling meditation cds include:Chanting the Chakras, Chakra Breathing Meditation, and Heart Chakra Meditations. Sounds True released her book/cd Chakra Meditation on the classic teachings of yoga and the chakras in 2004. With Rosangela Silvestre she produced: Flowers of Fire: Sacred Chants and Rhythms of Candomble´ which will be released in 2012. Her music videos from this project, Xango and Iemanja have gained a world wide following. She created two instructional videos for Interworld Music: Rhythmic Wisdomand A Sense of Time. She was the first woman to have a Signature Series of world percussion instruments with Remo, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of percussion instruments and drum heads.  She has been featured in All Things Consideredon National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Drum!, Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, New Age Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, New Age Voice and Shaman’s Drum.  

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