Raynald Drouin received his training at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec in classic percussion and at Boston's Berklee College in jazz drumming as well as in musical writing and composition. He also spent time in Senegal to learn bare hand percussion. The artist has gone on several tours in Québec, in Canada and in the French-speaking countries of Europe with several renowned artists, with whom he has recorded 23 albums. He also taught for six years at Université Laval and has given several performances and workshops in schools and libraries. In 1994, he received the Prix d'excellence de la culture awarded by “Les musiques du monde”.
The artist would like to help children develop a personal perception of musical time and teach them basic notions of musical writing. Tam-tam clô ti-bois is a sound-rhythm workshop during which children play, sing and dance. The group is first divided into three parts: skins (African tom-toms), woods (tibois) and metals (bells). The artist then assigns the participants a portion of the rhythmic ensemble. This rhythm becomes the sound and time support of a song entitled Ybo libo, made up entirely of onomatopoeias. Easy to learn, this song allows young people to focus on the movement of the rhythm, on their relationship with their body and space, and on “spatial time”. As the workshop unfolds and with the help of various objects, the artist illustrates the beginnings of rhythmic musical writing. This workshop also allows participants to come into contact with exotic instruments like the tom-tom or the Steel Pan, an instrument with a magic resonance.
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