TomTom Shoot

TomTom magazine is about Drums, Art, Women, Music, Style, & Culture. Mindy Abovitz –  Creator/Editor www.tomtommag.com Teri Duerr, Producer, Horse+Dragon NYC www.horsedragon-nyc.com Meg Wachter, Photographer  – www.megwachterphoto.com Seong-hee Park, Makeup – www.seong-hee.com TomTom Theme #1 written and played by FraeFrae (thats me).

Jazz for Young People on Tour

(For the backing track I improvised with brushes watching the images.  Finally got to use my Jack Dejonette resonating bells. I think it sounds best with headphones or great speakers) “There is no agony like bearing and untold story inside of you.” – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

The BLACK Stripes (Drum Intro)

Actually we aren’t really called The Black Stripes…. but I loved doing a duo tour through the South with my friend and fabulous guitar player, Ladell McLin.  We were somewhere in Florida here.  Can’t wait to do it again! Its Blues, Its Rock and its Improv.  I remember Ladell broke a string so he told […]

I love Drums

Last spring I was about to go on the road and I decided I wanted to put rivets in my favorite cymbals.(a process that involves puncturing the cymbal and inserting little pieces of metal that sizzle). A friend told me to check out Steve Maxwells drums shop.  I went in and the regular guy who […]

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 […]

Wonder Women of the Rhythm Road #7

I joke about being “gender blind”.  In many ways I really see people before I make the distinction between women and men… I believe in personal freedom of expression and respect, and I am not a flag waving/card carrying member of any organization or group.  However, as I near the completion of my first Rhythm […]

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