TaKeTiNa is a group rhythm practice created by Austrian percussionist Reinhard Flatischler. It is a way of learning rhythm using the body. It is a way of learning about oneself using rhythm. It is a way of learning about life.
TaKeTiNa is not a "drumming thing." Anyone can do it, even if you think you have "no rhythm." Participants in a TaKeTiNa circle are led very gradually into rhythmic stepping and clapping using their own voices and inner timing to guide them. Once the group rhythmic field has been created, the leader begins call-and-response singing to alternately solidify the rhythm and disrupt it.
Each time the rhythm is lost, there is an opportunity to find it again at a deeper level. Losing the rhythm is a key ingredient to TaKeTiNa. Through "losing it", one comes to trust that the rhythm is truly deep inside and can be found again. Losing it also gives us a safe way to experience chaos and disorder, and to recognize the patterns we see in life, alternating phases of harmony and chaos. Both are part of the music that we make every day by being alive.
The U.S. organizer of TaKeTiNa is Zorina Wolf. Through her website, you can find out much more about TaKeTiNa and about any U.S. workshops with co-founders Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler. Zorina is also a very talented advanced-level TaKeTiNa teacher who does workshops all over the country, as well as near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can also check out the TaKeTiNa website for a list of qualified TaKeTiNa teachers in your area.
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