Dr. Randall Alifano PhD

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, Albany, California

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD Participates in the Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble


Northern California-based counselor and minister Dr. Randall Alifano PhD enjoys drumming and is a founding member of the Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD describes the Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble as a high-energy hybrid of traditional African drum rhythms and contemporary dance grooves. This unique sound says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, was meant to inspire audience members to stand and dance and participate in the musical experience.

The Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble musicians clearly had a lot of fun while they were on stage, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, and they were not satisfied unless the audience did the same. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD describes the Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble as an expansion on the classic djembe drum circle form. Dr. Randall Alifano PhD played a traditional djembe drum in the energetic ensemble, accompanied by congas, balaphone and didgeridoo.

The Tandamanzi Rhythm Ensemble performances, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, were an inclusive celebration of the rhythm inherent in life. At its core, explains Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, playing djembe is a spiritual endeavor. In both practice and actual performance, according to Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, spirit and intention must be focused on the task at hand.

Dr. Randall Alifano PhD was educated in this art form under the tutelage of Barbara Borden. She was an excellent teacher, reports Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, conveying a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of drumming. Beyond that, says Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, she integrated the act of drumming with spiritual presence and bodily discipline.

The core of rhythm, explains Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, is in the workings of the human body. The regularity of the human heartbeat and breathing, Dr. Randall Alifano PhD adds, are the foundational elements of the music made when drumming. Furthermore, drumming is a community event that Dr. Randall Alifano PhD says is key to integrating the members of the community while integrating the minds and bodies of the individual participants. Muscular fluidity while drumming on the djembe, reports Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, is meditatively coordinated with the mental and emotional fluidity of the drummer. It requires discipline and study, concludes Dr. Randall Alifano PhD, to cultivate sensitivity to the synchronous relationship between the mind, body and drum.

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