Contact
|
Site Map
|
Home
Baba
Babatunde Olatunji, VHB® mentor and teacher

Microsoft Stage
VHB® performs for Mountain View Festival in California

trommelunterricht
Surdo drumming with Cornelia Flatischler at Still Meadow Retreat, Oregon

about title graphic


Zorina Wolf on Whole Person Drumming®

The power of drumming is an art, a means of communication and healing, and a way to bring harmony to community. I teach drumming as my teachers (primarily Babatunde Olatunji) have taught me.

The drum teaching is both oral and aural. Students sing/say the Yoruba sounds of the drum, and as we sing/say the melody of “notes,” playing the drum follows easily. The rhythms are songs that become internalized, circumventing the need for prior musical training.

Some of the rhythms taught are parts of songs and dances to honor cycles of the year, rites of passage, and all aspects of life, work, and celebration.
We also believe in the power of understanding the rhythmic "houses" or "structures" that we can build and play within, and developing our own chants to sing within them.

Thank you for exploring all Village Heartbeat® has to offer.

Zorina Wolf

Peace through rhythm,
Zorina Wolf


About Village Heartbeat®

Village Heartbeat® is an organization dedicated to building and educating a rhythmic community. The organization facilitates classes in African drumming, dancing, and TaKeTiNa, and is the home of Whole Person Drumming®. Classes use adapted traditional music of the African Diaspora, as well as modern trance grooves.

Village Heartbeat has hosted community drumming and dance events, and offers drum and rhythmic movement classes, retreats, and TaKeTiNa workshops lead by Zorina Wolf in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Northwest, Dallas and Austin, Salt Lake City, Hawaii, Baltimore, Northwest Florida, British Columbia, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico,and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. Village Heartbeat is a producer of TaKeTiNa workshops, training, and retreats in the United States.

Mission Statement
Village Heartbeat® brings the power of rhythm to community. By opening ourselves to the language of rhythm and drums, we recreate our musical culture, which has the power to heal, unify, and inspire.


 


Zorina Wolf

Zorina WolfZorina Wolf is the founder of Village Heartbeat and developer of the Whole Person Drumming® curricula. She is an advanced TaKeTiNa leader and pan-African drum teacher. Through Village Heartbeat, she is offers a variety of workshops in the US, Canada, Malaysia, and elsewhere.


Testimonials

On Zorina Wolf and Village Heartbeat®

I have had the privilege of watching Zorina Wolf follow her rhythmical bliss through the stages of a drum enthusiast, hand drum teacher, dance and drum ensemble director, community builder, TaKeTiNa facilitator, to become the nationally recognized rhythm evangelist and elder that she is today in our growing recreational drumming community. Yet she still retains that fresh spark of innocent rhythm bliss and elfishness that emanates from the resonance in her laugh and the twinkle in her eye. She is a master of sharing rhythmical spirit.–Arthur Hull, Owner / Facilitator of Village Music Circles

Zorina as Drumming Teacher

Zorina was my first drum teacher, and I feel incredibly blessed to have been one of her students. She has been an extraordinary guide for me in my rediscovery of rhythm and music, and through her teaching, I have found a new way of learning. In her classes, Zorina walks the line between active teaching and letting-happen. She will work directly with a student on technique, or to correct a rhythmic pattern, but also knows when to be silent and let the drums speak. From Zorina, I learned one way of making music with a beautiful instrument. But more than that, with Zorina’s guidance, I found openness, relaxation, confidence, beauty, and spirit inside me. –Pam Schraedley Desmond, Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University
 
I have had many drum teachers over the past fifteen years and I can honestly say that Zorina is one of the best. Her teaching style is focused and accurate, yet her demeanor is welcoming and encouraging. Within the first five minutes of her workshop, I let go of my inhibitions because I knew I could trust her intent and her knowledge to take the class to a deeper understanding of how our bodies respond to rhythm. I recommend Zorina’s teachings to any musician who wants to feel more comfortable with rhythm.
-Laurie Precht, Carroll Rhythms, Westminster, Maryland
 

I am a teacher of world history, African history, and European history at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California. For the past three years, Zorina Wolf has come to my African Studies class and given a lesson in West African drumming. It’s always the highlight of the class. Girls who enroll in the class ask if she's coming; girls who have finished the class thank me for providing the experience. I highly recommend Zorina Wolf and am happy to be used as a reference for her. –Peggy McKee, Castilleja School Palo Alto, California

I find Zorina Wolf's enthusiasm to be more than infectious--it's an epidemic! Whether you are looking for a wild ride into rhythm and the process of learning or going to a drum circle or learning ethnic dances, you'll find Zorina herself or at least one of her present or former students. In the world of rhythm, Zorina is a force to be reckoned with. Resistance is futile! Just give in and find happiness within yourself. – Melanie Spiller, medieval musician and writing mentor

Zorina is a fantastic drumming teacher. Her patience, energy, sense of humor, knowledge of rhythm and group facilitation skills creates an ideal atmosphere for learning how to drum, and having fun in the process. After 5 years as one of her students, I'm still learning and laughing in class. I recommend her highly. – Barbara Kirsch

Village Heartbeat was the first drum class I've ever taken and it changed my world! Actually, I was so intimidated about doing a class with others since I had never touched a drum before, that I took some private lessons first. Zorina was a fabulous teacher - she had a clear teaching path, was very articulate, personable, stimulating, engaging, and patient all at the same time. She was very effective in getting me to let go of my inhibitions, and very effective in her use of time - I felt like I got so much out of just a few sessions. She finally got me to her beginner and then intermediate classes and I was surprised at how much more I could learn in a group drumming with others - and what an amazing energy that environment creates. I recommend her as a teacher and/or drum class/drum circle leader to anyone who is getting started in the drumming world! – Karen Chakmakian, MBA, President, Chakamakian Consulting

Zorina has touched so many lives with her blessings in the art of drumming for peace, self and for the sheer pleasure a weaving rhythms together. She has found a true path in helping people learn to get-along with self and dance and clap to layers of time with TaKeTiNa. We are so blessed to have her here in the Bay Area as she is going global. Thanks. – Patter Hatfield, Rhythm Facilitator -- Reiki Master

On TaKeTiNa

Zorina is a skilled and inspired leader of TaKeTiNa. Like those of other leaders, her workshops leave me feeling blissed out and groovy. What sets her apart is her ability to invite transformation in workshop participants. I finish her workshops with feelings of joy and transcendence, but also with an acute awareness of my patterns in life—both adaptive and less adaptive, attractive and less attractive. I can honestly say that being in Zorina’s TaKeTiNa circles has changed me on a deep level. I am grateful and humbled by the changes I see in myself, and I would recommend Zorina without reservation to anyone seeking joy and transformation in their life."–Pam Schraedley Desmond, Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University

TaKeTiNa is a life-altering experience. I went into it because I was interested in rhythm and came out of it knowing more about myself beyond my musicality. Thanks to Zorina Wolf for bringing this marvelous practice to the Bay Area and making sure that she or one of her acolytes is having a workshop all year round. There is always something happening around town, it seems, if you want a little peek into rhythm or your own psyche. – Melanie Spiller, medieval musician and writing mentor

You never know what you'll find in this intriguing new method of rhythm immersion. You can start with zero skills or have a mature talent in music/rhythm, either way, you'll be surprised at what is revealed to you. While challenging in many aspects, at the same time, I find myself taken to new depths of meditative calm, grounded by the deep beat of the surdo drum. We are very lucky to have one of the few advanced TaKeTiNa teachers teaching here in the Bay Area. – Janice Burton

On November 16, 2007, Zorina Wolf, brought a TaKeTiNa experience to Stanford as a classroom experience…

I found the TaKeTiNa to be a very interesting experience in which a very new phenomenon or state was created both at the individual level and at the level of the group. The participants found that creating and finding rhythm was a way in which they could enter a mind space that was quite unlike that you would reside in normally.

I find the technique quite unique in the way it encouraged an open risk-taking attitude. I feel it might have value in exploring various modalities that affect creativity and an altered state of mind.– Banny Banerjee, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford