Obrigada Recife! Rhythm Road #11

Music: Leao Do Norte – performed by Rose Moraes, written by Lenine as tribute to the beautiful Brazillian state of Pernambuco. MUITO Obrigada Edvaldo Amorim – for everything Jorge Martin – For your Maracatu studio and Corpos Percussivos Marivaldo Lima – For your teaching drumming passion Pilar do Favela Corpos Percussivos – for your powerful […]

Escola Corpos Percissivos ~ Rhythm Road #10

We (Eli Yamin, Kate McGarry, Bob Stewart & I) arrived in Recife, Brazil in the early afternoon. We had the whole day to catch up on our rest before beginning our schedule of workshops and clinics….but I simply couldn’t sit in my hotel knowing that something like this was happening out there somewhere. This is […]

Warrior Heart ~ on tour

I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal both the listener and the musician.  In light of this fact, it was a absolute gift to recently do an outreach mini-tour in NYC with my group Warrior Heart sponsored by Lincoln Center. We played concerts in some adult care facilities and nursing […]

Albania! Rhythm Road #9

The Rhythm Road Blues in the Balkans tour was a combination of concerts, television appearences and student workshops.  We worked with students from age 5 through advanced university musicians.  I enjoyed every moment on the tour, however I have to confess that there was something very special about going into the schools, connecting and working […]

Greece! Rhythm Road #8

We flew into Thessolinikki and boarded our new tour bus heading for the mountains of Northern Greece. Mountains, lakes, Rivers, great food, and even greater people.  The love and support we received on this leg of the tour was off the charts. Thankyou Antonis Varvatsoulias from the Foundation of Thracian Art & Tradition for introducing […]

Rhythm Road #4 Oradea! Sibiu! Sanaia! So long Romania!

Thankyou again Ruxandra, Emil, Peter, Julie, Lucian, Lia & Adina & Alexis!! We will never forget you and your kindness.  Please keep in touch!!! Excerpt from our blues rhythm workshop in Oradea. Thankyou Alexis for filming. The Doodle-lah Eli Teaching the 6/8 groove feel Please check out Eli Yamins bolg @ eliyamin.com/blog

Rhythm Road #2 Brasov! – this is why I make music

Brasov was the bomb! We hit the rhythm road and drove into the mountains of the Transilvania region.  It was a beautiful and bumpy ride on old roads and winding hairpin curves as we wove our way up to Brasov. Our accommodations were right in the middle of town, and our beautiful hotel was appropriately […]

Jazz Ambassador to Rhythm Road

“Diplomacy and jazz are based on the same principle: improvisation on a theme.”  – Richard Holbrooke U.S. U.N. Envoy The Origin The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, today produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has earned a rich and distinctive standing […]