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Pascal Gingras

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Pascal Gingras

Pascal Gingras is a professional drummer and percussionist. He is a member of the pop group El Motor. Since 2007 he has been playing with Louise Forestier. He also took part in a European tour with the group Afrodizz in 2004. Among his most recent collaborations, mention may be made of Caïman Fu, les frères Diouf, Maxime Morin, Ben Charest, Les Gitans de Sarajevo, Paul Kunigis and other groups known on the Québec scene. Active for more than fifteen years in professional circles, he has worked with a few of the best musicians specializing in world music in Montréal and elsewhere. His teaching approach is influenced by a mixture of afrobeat, tsigane music and a variety of traditional rhythms from West Africa.

Proposed approach and type of activities

A world tour of percussion: exploration and introduction to the rhythms of the world

The artist proposes a trip which focuses on the discovery of rhythms from Africa, Eastern Europe and Spain, through a variety of percussion instruments. Set in an atmosphere that stimulates creativity, curiosity and communication, this workshop provides an overview of some of the most important traditional rhythmic styles such as the afrobeat, the tsigane rhythm and gypsy flamenco. Following a short historical introduction and after playing a few samples of music, the artist gives a demonstration of some playing techniques with instruments such as the drums, the djembé, the darbouka, the dumbek or the udu. Students are then asked to imitate the accents and the strong beats with different parts of their body such as their hands, feet and knees in order to recognize and experiment with the sense of rhythm demonstrated by the artist.

The second part of the workshop is geared to participation and exchanges through creation and exploration work. Students will be asked to form a percussion ensemble: the group is divided into two parts and each part is asked to play a different rhythm to the same tempo based on the instructions of the artist sitting behind his drums. The young people will then form a percussion ensemble. Based on these rhythmic games, participants will be able to put into practice the different traditional styles examined during the workshop.  Following this activity, students will have a better knowledge of the cultures presented and their distinctive rhythms. Participants will thus be able to differentiate the percussion instruments associated with each style of music. In addition to stimulating creativity and team work, this activity allows students to improve their listening skills, their coordination and their sense of rhythm. 

Other examples of activities

Rhythmic games

  • Rhythm in nature: This workshop, which is intended for children between six and eight years of age, can take the form of a rhythmic exploration game with the help of a visualization technique. As the participants imitate the walking movements of animals such as an elephant, a horse or a gazelle, the class brings an entire forest to life. Students also become aware of the different beats while having fun.
  • Walking to rhythm: by walking, the students' feet mark the strong beats while their hands mark the off-the-beat accents. This activity helps to reinforce rhythm in movement.

  • Singing one's rhythm: learning to sing a written and chosen rhythmic phrase and then to reproduce it on a percussion instrument. The activity helps make the connection between reading, listening, memory and coordination.
  • The telephone: a rhythmic phrase is introduced by the artist and students then take turns reproducing this phrase one after another. This activity stimulates memory and the sense of rhythm.
  • Use of real instruments: The rhythmic exchanges produced by students during the workshops can be performed on real instruments like the djembe, maracas, drums, claves, boomwhackers, etc. Please note that it will be up to the school to supply these instruments (see «Special conditions»).

Music awareness workshop

  • Creation of rhythmic musical pieces with sequences, tempos, silences and variable intensities. This activity highlights the percussionist's role in a musical group.
  • Training and coach-guide for the creation of a show or a musical project.

Special conditions

The artist offers the school the possibility of renting various instruments (djembés, tambourines, diatonic tubes, etc.) at a maximum cost of $100 per day of hosted activities.

For information

Pascal Gingras
Phone : 514 231-4744
Other phone : 514 231-4744
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