Program Offerings

Glen Velez Solo

Glen demonstrates the diversity and creative potential of a wide range of frame drums, including solos on the Riq (Egyptian Tambourine), the Bodhran (Irish frame drum), Gaval (Central Asian Frame drum), as well as a solo on a standard Western tambourine, featuring techniques from South Italy, South India and Basque Spain. In addition Glen creates a polyrhythmic, multi-limbed solo on Shaker which utilizes techniques from Venezuelan and Columbian maraca playing along with his unique innovations. Glen engages the audience for an immersion into his style of drum music with interactive drum vocalizations and Central Asian Overtone Singing.

Glen Velez TA KA DI MI Project

with Lori Cotler and Glen Velez

“Explosive, exuberant ” – The New York Times

TA KA DI MI represents the primal rhythm cycle of four beats, leading the mind from the mystical realm of numbers into the sublime world of music and sound. The TA KA DI MI Duo features Glen Velez and world/jazz and rhythm voice virtuoso Lori Cotler. Ancient drums and blazing vocals ignite Indian-Middle Eastern-Jazz stylings in a jaw dropping rhythm fest. Glen and Lori explore the most ancient combination of the drum and voice, creating original compositions and drawing on jazz classics in a blending of styles that extends to all corners of the world. Visit


Howard Levy, piano & harmonica
Eugene Friesen, cello
Glen Velez, frame drums & percussion

Lori Cotler, voice
Nina Stern, recorders
Glen Velez, frame drums & percussion

Coleman Barks, poet & Rumi translator
David Darling, cello
Zuleikha, dance & voice
Glen Velez, frame drums & percussion

Education Offerings (workshops & master classes)

Glen is a master teacher who conducts workshops worldwide and has published numerous books and articles on the frame drum. Velez developed his own teaching approach called “The Handance Method.” It incorporates voice and body movement into the process of learning to play the frame drum and has been presented in hundreds of universities worldwide. He currently teaches frame drums at the Mannes School of Music, as well as a series of master classes at The Juilliard School in New York City.

FRAME DRUM WORKSHOP: A Hands On Experience

Learn how to play the North African Tar drum using simple drum language and typical Arabic rhythms. This style of teaching uses an easy and fun way to approach group or community drumming. The workshop also explores “Overtone Singing”, an ancient use of the voice which allows one person to sing two or more notes utilizing deep breathing and the slowing down of normal speech. Glen demonstrates his unique style of drumming derived from South Indian, Central Asian, Arabic and South Italian traditions.
No experience necessary. Drums provided.


Glen demonstrates his unique style of drumming derived from South Indian, Arabic, Central Asian and South Italian traditions. Demonstrating solos on the Tar (North African), the Riq (Egyptian), the Gaval (Azerbajiani) and the Bodhran (Irish), as his point of departure, Glen teaches the techniques by slowing down the patterns and explaining the different hand movements. Each of these drumming traditions has contributed significantly to the tapestry that Glen has woven together over 30 years of creating his drumming solos. Glen also shows how to use drum language to facilitate learning drum rhythms along with Overtone Singing to increase breath awareness.

Public Programs (museums & libraries)

A Journey of Sight and Sound: Tambourines Across the Ages

This program features slides from Glen’s vast archival collection showing frame drums spanning a broad timeframe – from Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia to Medieval times in Persia and Turkey, all the way to Europe in the 1800′s. Glen demonstrates the frame drum’s array of sounds and rhythms using tambourines shown in the depictions, while showing the continuous and superbly documented history of this simple drum. The frame drum has been a favorite of artists since the earliest cultures and has a pictorial history unmatched by any other drum. Over the last 30 years Glen has collected these visual representations and in this program he shares these unique representations of frame drumming through the medium of visual arts.