The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston








A Drummer’s Dream rocks The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts!


March 7 to 11th

Wed & Thurs 7:30 pm, Friday 5:30 pm, **Sat 2:00 pm, & Sun 11:15 pm


**A performance by Mike Mangini, Kenwood Dennard, and Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, and a discussion with the director follows the Saturday, March 10th screening.


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To Purchase Tickets

By Phone
Call the MFA Ticket Line at 1-800-440-6975
Mon-Sat 9 am to 9 pm
Sun 9 am to 6 pm

In Person
Visit any MFA ticket desk

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
TTY: 617-267-9703








Murray Creed solo

Through this film’s release we keep always adding new members to our drum enthusiast community! Check out this soca solo from our good friend Murray Creed founder of the Victoria Drum Festival in BC, Canada.


Let us know if there are any fantastic video’s you know about that we should post.

Email: roz@adrummersdream.com


Victoria Drum Festival extravaganza

Drumming enthusiasts in Victoria, British Columbia unite!!

Our good friend Murray Creed is presenting “The Victoria Drum Festival” Sunday April 17.

Don’t miss performances by Murray, Pat Steward, Jon Millar, and Gary Grace and Victoria’s fastest Drummer contest!!

“A Drummer’s Dream” DVD will be offered as a prize and available for sale on site. Have fun kittens!

Click here for festival website.


A Drummer’s Dream Wins FIPA d’or Grand Prize 2011

Director John Walker was honoured at the 24th Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA), which ended yesterday in Biarritz, France. Produced by the NFB in co-production with John Walker Productions, A Drummer’s Dream received the highest distinction in the Performing Arts category. This feature-length documentary takes viewers to a rare and unique assembly of some of the world’s greatest drummers. A Drummer’s Dream will be screened at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver starting February 4.


The Montreal Gazette

RIDM 2010: A Drummer’s Dream …go already!

Some of the drummers in this movie have been playing for decades while others are just beginning their musical journey.

What they share is the excitement and pure joy of making music. It’s truly a wonder to behold. Seriously. This is one hell of a feel good movie, and the applause at the end was thunderous.

In 2008, Montreal drummer Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr brought world class drummers Mike Mangini, Horacio (El Negro) Hernandez, Dennis Chambers, Giovanni Hidalgo, Raul Rekow to a summer camp in the wilderness where they shared their knowledge with 40 students.

(Most if the students seemed to be in their teens or even younger. There were a few older folks, but maybe they were chaperone/participants? I’m not sure.)

Filmmaker John Walker was there to document the happy goings on.

I never went to summer camp and I never wanted to go either. It didn’t sound like fun at all. But I certainly would have enjoyed a camp like this one.
(I’d enjoy it now, if I could).

The musicians don’t talk down to their students, and they aren’t in competition with each other. They’re very funny, too. The camaraderie is fantastic.

Some of the musicians don’t look old enough to have known each other for as long as they have.
I can only assume that doing something you really love helps to preserve a youthful appearance.
(Not to mention that drumming is quite obviously strenuous exercise.)

If you go (and you really should) take money so you can buy a copy of the film after the screening.

Read the full article here: The Montreal Gazette


A Drummer’s Dream: Playing to the beat of the heart

A Drummer’s Dream: Playing to the beat of the heart
From Friday’s Globe and Mail

In high school in Vancouver, some friends and I would jam with a young drumming prodigy. He was technically much better than our usual drummer – way better – but utterly boring. As we bashed around on our guitars, the prodigy would do little fills and keep perfect time. It was as much fun as playing with a metronome.

That’s the risk with the documentary A Drummer’s Dream. When a host of the world’s most acclaimed drummers gather in rural Ontario to hold a drumming camp for students and showcase their supreme talents, it’s easy to predict rounds of polyrhythmic patterns and endless, deadening showboating.

Instead, this film brims with exactly the opposite. It’s pure emotion. Drumming, for these masters of the instrument, is about communication, acceptance and, above all, deep love.

Their names are obscure for non-drumming fanatics: Cuban drummer Horacio (El Negro) Hernandez, all-star session player Mike Mangini, conga players Giovanni Hidalgo and Raul Rekow, and others. These are drummers’ drummers. Most came through the jazz and Latin-rock scenes, specifically with Dizzy Gillespie and Santana. Others, such as Mangini, are simply the definition of Super-Drummer and have been journeymen among various supergroups.

Mangini, known as one of the fastest drummers ever, demonstrates to the students a speed pattern, with his arms crossing so quickly that it looks like trick photography. Hernandez, during his performance in the bucolic retreat, holds down Latin beats impeccably, while inserting uncannily off-rhythm inflections. They run so counter to the underlying, precise beat that they almost sound like a different record playing overtop his own drumming. But then he can amazingly bring it all back together with a single tap without ever disrupting the groove.

“Somehow, we have to manage to have that kid alive inside of us always,” Hernandez says during the many interviews, which add touches of biographical insight. “Every time we sit [down at] our instrument, it is to have fun,” he says in heavily Cuban-accented English.

Other funkier players, such as Dennis Chambers and Kenwood Dennard, show their knack for multiple, concurrent rhythms, played with emotion, humour and utterly equipollence. Yet it’s the conga players, Hidalgo and Rekow, who show their hearts most openly. Maybe it’s because the conga is simply a less complicated apparatus? Maybe because it sounds like a singular voice, compared with a large drum kit? Whatever the reason, the conga players talk more about their physical bond with the instrument.

Obviously this is a film for drummers. Many will want to buy the DVD and study it over and over until the rewind button breaks. Gearheads will also go nuts over the array of innovative drum set-ups, the multiple foot pedals, the top-of-the-line customized kits. But even those with otherwise zero interest in drum technique will be bowled over by the exuberance of such accomplished playing. Beautifully shot and recorded with a lovely sound on the highly varied drum kits, A Drummer’s Dream isn’t really about drumming, but about joy and self-expression.

Bashing away on our instruments, that’s all we were after in our parents’ basements anyway.

A Drummer’s Dream :: Directed by John Walker

A Drummer’s Dream opens at The Royal in Toronto on Friday (Nov. 5). Drumming masters Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio (El Negro) Hernandez, along with director John Walker, are scheduled to appear at the 7 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday.

The Globe and Mail Article Link: Playing to The Beat of The Heart


Grand Theatrical Release @ The Royal

Everyone in Toronto, be sure to go see the movie at The Royal Screenings.

Website: The Royal

Nov. 5th – 7:00 PM
Nov. 5th – 9:30 PM
Nov. 6th – 7:00 PM
Nov. 6th – 9:30 PM
Nov. 7th – 7:00 PM
Nov. 7th – 9:00 PM
Nov. 9th – 9:15 PM
Nov. 10th – 9:15 PM
Nov. 11th – 7:00 PM

$10 General Admission
$8 Students & Seniors