Press Release - Detail
For release Tuesday, July 26, 2011
CONTACT: Mia Rutledge
Public Relations Clerk
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3604

BPL@Night Presents Get Rhythm West African Drumming Featuring John Scalici
Birmingham Public Library (BPL) welcomes back John Scalici and his Get Rhythm drum circle program. Scalici started jamming for BPL in 2006, when he first entertained crowds of children with his interactive drum circles that teach group participation, self-expression, and communication. Scalici will perform at the Ensley Branch Library on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.
Scalici is an award-winning teaching artist, musician, and speaker who has been featured on campuses across the country. Believing that rhythm is a universal language that everyone speaks, he created Get Rhythm in 1999, a company that provides interactive rhythm programs to promote team unity, diversity awareness, and leadership development. He has studied djembe music with world renowned Grand Master djembe player, Mamady Keita, and recently completed a year-long training at Youth Villages, Inc., where he earned a certificate in Therapeutic Drumming. He is the recipient of a 2005 Fellowship Grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the 2008 Pauline Ireland Award granted to individual artists, and was presented with the 2010 “Making a Difference” award by the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education. As a solo artist Scalici has released two acclaimed albums: Rhythm Music and Rhythms for Drumming and Music.
BPL@Night Presents Get Rhythm West African Drumming Featuring John Scalici
Ensley Branch Library, 1201 25th Street
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
For more information about this event, contact Sandi Lee at (205)226-3742 or
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