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
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
Dissociation andin 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 Beginning, Trance Union, (with Tommy Be), Invoking Aphrodite, The Wave of Bliss and Hymns From the Hive. Her best selling meditation
cdsinclude: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 Wisdom andA 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 Considered onNational 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.