Author: Media Director/Friday, January 13, 2023/Categories: Past Programs
May the Pulse Be With Us!
Barbara Borden, Drummer Extraordinaire
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Creekside Room, Dominican University Campus
100 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael
IMPORTANT LOGISTICS INFORMATION: This participative meeting doesn't lend itself to Zoom attendance. Please attend in person if you can - masks are optional and recommended when not eating or drinking.
To launch us into 2023, Wednesday Morning Dialogue invites you to our special "members only" program facilitated by Marin drummer extraordinaire, Barbara Borden. Barbara’s amazing facilitation skills will let us discover a whole new way to connect … maybe even discover our own unique WMD group pulse.
Drummer, performer, composer, and teacher, Barbara is a veteran of the San Francisco jazz and women’s music scene. She is the subject of the documentary film, Barbara Borden: Keeper of the Beat, about her journey into the heart of drumming. Kobmovie.com
Barbara enjoys teaching and mentoring. She has been teaching drumkit, West African djembe, and ceremonial drumming for 35 years. She loves to lead drum circles at drum camps, music festivals, and private gatherings. In 2023 Barbara will join singer/songwriter Karen Drucker at Unity of Marin in Novato once a month.
From 2001–2016, Borden coached the Redwoods Drummers, a group of elders at the Redwoods Retirement Community in Mill Valley. Barbara collaborates with artists and healers in a variety of disciplines (dancers, writers, poets, improv artists, storytellers, and actors), including Anna Halprin, Nina Wise, Naomi Newman, Christina Baldwin, China Galland, Deena Metzger, and Mingtong Gu.
A note from Barbara:
“I have been fortunate throughout my long, full life to have music and drumming as my constant companions. I began by banging on pots and pans. My immigrant mother (and greatest fan) bought me my first toy drum at age five. At ten, my older twin sisters, Rosalyn and Marilyn, The Singing Borden Twins, performers of stage and screen, financed my first drum kit. The drums became the centerpiece in our small living room and in my life.
I loved playing my drums. I knew that when I sat down at the drumset I would feel calmer and happier within a few minutes. I was totally engaged, challenged, and sometimes even frustrated. But the sounds and vibrations that came from the drums soothed my soul and opened my heart -- and they still do to this day.
Drumming is my deepest connection to The Heartbeat of All Life. When I am drumming, I feel uplifted, electric, connected to everything and everyone, and deeply happy. And, when I share drumming with you, we can all feel the wonder of being fully alive and awake together!”
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