David Naylor

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World Music Percussionist, teacher, performer, group facilitator.
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Teachers studied with - Afro - Cuban percussion in Havana with the late Chuck Silverman and Hamish Orr. (London), Tabla with Usted Tarsim Singh (London), Djembe with Odarty Josep and Mohamed Dordoh (both London. Outreach facilitator for The London School of Samba. Music facilitator running Djembe drumming groups at The Priory Hospital.. Perform as a solo world percussionist under the name 'Gathering Of Drums'. Performed / recorded with - Horace Andy, Tim Booth, Mel Gaynor, RIchard Bailey, Michael Bailey, Bombay Bicycle Club, KK, Sophie Barker (Zero 7).Mick Eve.

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Dean R
-17992 year ago

Working with various units throughout the hospital (Addictions, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders and Adolescent services) the music classes David provides have become a valuable part of our treatment programme. He has adapted each class to provide for the different requirements of each specialist group. The classes have proved to be an inspiring, creative, therapeutic outlet for patients who are able to become truly self-aware and have encouraged clients to overcome fears and reinstated a belief in their own possibilities. This is mirrored by a definite change in their body language and mood. This group has become one of the most popular on our programme. ​

Private H
8 years ago

Takes your mind away from the ward and all stresses and worries and takes you to a place where you can be FREE

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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will always do my best to be flexible and to work with you at every stage of your event.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This isn't a service i offer.

How much time do you need to set up?

For Gathering Of Drums it takes 1.5 hours to set up. If it can be done offstage then it will only take 15 - 20 minutes to get it into place on stage.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I'm definitely happy for you to choose which instruments you would like more focus on than others. For example you may prefer a more gentle chimes based atmosphere, a more powerful drumming one or as i usually play - a balance of the two.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes i bring all the instruments.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am very much open to working with you for any specific percussion pieces you would like playing.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They are taken on a journey and are transported to another place. They love the poetry / spoken word and the gentle though powerful energy.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

KOKO, Camden Palais, Notting Hill Carnival, The Hive Dalston, Guanabara, Manchester Boardwalk / Roadhouse.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Andy Gangadeen, Pete Locket, Chuck Silverman, Buena Vista Social Club, Ck ladzekpo, Steve White.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

African music, World music, Cuban music, Latin, Salsa, Samba
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Event types:
Concert, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker
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