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‘Journey of the Drum’ celebrated in Minden

Tim Parsons, Lake Tahoe Action


Liz Broscoe’s journey includes an evening at the Copeland Building in Minden.

Broscoe, a longtime South Shore resident and drum instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College, will present “Journey of the Drum,” at 7:30 p.m. April 24.

The event is an educational performance similar to, but a scaled down-version of, “Durga,” which was presented in 2006 at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City.

“Durga” told the history of drums from a woman’s perspective.

It included dancers and a multi-instrumental performance by Wesley Orsolic. “The Journey of the Drum” will be a solo performance by Broscoe.

“It’s the same premise, but designed to be an outreach program for kids in schools,” she said. “A precursor to much of the same information that ‘Durga’ presented, but in much more detail because I am the narrator.”

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Broscoe will play five drums during the show: a frame drum, West African dunnun stick drums, West African djembe, AfroCuban conga and a drum set.

“Journey of the Drum” also will be presented July 25 at Reno Artown and Aug. 20 at Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.

Broscoe expressed humility about her ambitious, in-depth project.

“I’m not an anthropologist, musicologist or historical expert,” she said. “I’m just a freaking drummer who got interested in all this stuff.”

The Carson Valley Arts Council, which is presenting “Journey of the Drum,” is renovating the Copeland Building to be a performing arts center. The building houses its “Art Bar,” a 55-seat performance venue where “Journey of the Drum” will be shown.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at cvartscouncil.com or by telephone at (775) 782-8207. Most of the proceeds go toward the building’s renovation.