Roland’s family has been involved with Tahitian dance and drumming for over 8 years. Along with his daughter, Aaliyah, they have performed with Halau’s in the California bay area until moving to Colorado 2 years ago. Roland has a deep passion for Tahitian drumming and is excited to bring his unique knowledge to Colorado to share with others.
Students in his drumming class will be exposed to to’ere, pahu, and pahu tupai drums. They will learn how to play, and learn the names of, traditional Tahitian beats. Students will be taught various transitions, be able to drum for freestyle dancing, and participate in larger compositions used for solo routines or otea’s.
Most importantly, students will gain an appreciation for the unique bond between Tahitian drummers and dancers. A special union exists between the two as the sounds of the drums and the moves of the dancers are perfectly synchronized in an extraordinary harmony. More than simply drumming, it is part of the larger, overall Tahitian performance experience.