Brian Melvin is  available for workshops and individual studies.  He has taught  world wide  and  is  also  the  author of  "Tao of Drumming,"  a book  which  combines  the philosophical aspects of Tai Chi Chuan, the Chinese internal martial art, with a  fresh approach to drumming, giving any musician new i deas about their own inner  space and rhythm. Brian's teaching's  key elements are: concentrating on  the inner core  of  relaxation, connecting to one's natural breath,  and applying this with awareness  to  the infinite world of rhythm. Also the idea for the individual to keep connecting to and be part of nature's rhythm at  all times along  with  an  important  point  of  being open  to  the invisible - the dwelling space of the Magic. In his teaching Brian explores the  use  of hands, fingers, feet and sticks to master the art  of  drumming.  Cross  rhythms  and African polyrhythm are taught. The students will learn t o  get  the  tone  out  of  any drum and will  be  helped to find the little ideas an sounds that would make  up  their own individual styles. Having  an  extensive  background  in  all aspects  of  drumming,  Brian  plays  many different kinds of drums, using a number of different techniques in order to reach the desired sound or tone.  Taught by Allah Rhaka and his son  Zakir Hussain,  Brian  has played Tablas for many years and  stays  interested  in the  world  of hand and finger drumming.  African  and  Latin  are also his big interests, along with world music and folklore.
"Tao Of Drumming" available at  or directly from Brian drumming in the spirit world Article by Bill Milkowski in JazzTimes