At our new Orchestra house!

A Drum-Circle is a rhythmic field of experimenting, open to everyone regardless of age or pre-experience. We explore basic musical elements, find playfully new paths and unfold our creative potential within improvisation. This new format commences on Octobre 15, 2020 and is led by the much experienced rhythm teacher Thomas Viehweger from Lucerne.

Every Thursday from 6.30-7.45 p.m. | Orchesterhaus | Arsenalstrasse 28b, Kriens.

The term «drum circles» was developed by the American Arthur Hull and describes a type of communal, low-threshold music-making. In a drum circle, beginners and professionals, children, singles, grandparents, couples, families and the curious meet to experience and create rhythm together. In the process, a lot of creative potential and expressive joy can unfold. The aim is to get the music grooving in the course of the game and to hear it in an increasingly differentiated way.

A wide range of rhythm instruments is available: Hand drums, bass drums, Afro-Latin instruments, various small percussion instruments... The participants playfully try out different musical roles: Maintaining a rhythm, varying, improvising, giving ground, soling, connecting, reacting, giving impulses, listening. The drum circle leader acts as a facilitator and «enabler». Similar to a conductor, he coordinates the interplay, creates the framework, gives impulses for interaction and serves what brings groove and flow.

Previous experience is not necessary. Experienced players as well as beginners are picked up where they are. Regular participation is beneficial to the ensemble and therefore desirable, but not a condition. Spontaneous participants who want to take part in individual evenings are also welcome.

15 and 29 October 2020 | 12 and 26 November 2020 | 10 December 2020 |
14 January 2021 | 4 and 25 February 2021 | 11 and 25 March 2021 | 22 April 2021 |
6 and 20 May 2021 | 3 and 17 June 2021 | 1 July 2021

Each Drum Circle is unique in its musical progression and composition. There is no need to register. We start punctually at 6.30 pm. It is explicitly requested that everyone is then ready to sit in the circle and stay until the end.

Price: CHF 5 per evening
Information and contact organisation: Noah Petschi | phone: +41 41 226 05 19
Information and contact Drum Circle Leadership Thomas Viehweger: phone +41 79 343 45 38

I have been leading drum circles for almost 20 years. This form of playing together is one of the most vital and lively things I practice in my work as a music mediator.
I practise in my work as a music educator.

– Thomas Viehweger

On the report by Gerda Neunhoeffer in the Luzerner Zeitung of 17 October 2020: Gemeinsam Rhythmus finden