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The Art of Rhythm at the West Kortright Centre

  • West Kortright Centre 49 West Kortright Church Road East Meredith, NY, 13757 United States (map)

Join author/drummer/educator Blake Fleming for The Art of Rhythm—a fun-filled, eye-opening, and educational workshop at the West Kortright Centre on Saturday, June 22, 1-4PM.

All instruments, ages, and levels of ability are welcome; pre-registration is required ($40/WKC Member; $45/non-member).


Fresh off the heels of publishing his first book—the internationally acclaimed and unprecedented The Book of Rhythm—as well as recent live performances with legendary Ornette Coleman bassist, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, recent studio work with Sean Ono Lennon, and a string of performances with his own trio, Fleming offers insights into music, rhythm, and improvisation that transcends musical boundaries. He will concentrate on teaching the universal language of rhythm through simple concepts, improvisations and beyond. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments or sound-makers of any kind. There will be some basic percussion instruments and drumsticks available as well. This will be a loose and fun drum circle vibe (but with any and all instruments), conducted via the drum set by Blake.


Blake Fleming is a percussionist known for his involvement with several influential experimental bands and has recently written his first book, The Book of Rhythm, an unprecedented collection of 5,096 meticulously organized rhythms for all instruments. His drumming has been written about in major publications such as The New York Times, NPR, Spin, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Pitchfork, Stereogum and Alternative Press. Blake was included in SPIN.com’s 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music. He has performed on over 60 albums to date and has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K. extensively. His performances have ranged from sold-out arena tours with the Mars Volta opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to performing solo with Olympic synchronized swimmers to performing on the BBC to creating soundtracks for video installations in museums worldwide. Blake is currently teaching students worldwide via Skype, performing, and doing studio sessions. He has been Adjunct Lecturer and Drum Instructor at SUNY Oneonta since 2008. More information about Blake and his work can be found at blakethedrummer.com and blakefleming.bandcamp.com.


The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For more information, visit www.westkc.org or call (607) 278-5454.