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SHORT SYNOPSIS

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience. You’ve never seen drummers like this before!

LONG SYNOPSIS

A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience. You’ve never seen drummers like this before!

Featuring Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio “El-Negro” Hernadez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Mangini and Raul Rekow, the film engages us with the rich music styles and influences that are as dynamic as the performers themselves. We are lifted to another dimension as we connect to the powerful forces of nature embodied in the music of these master musicians. The creative and spiritual freedom of expression these artists display is overwhelming – from Latin rhythms to the wildly original compositions of Kenwood Dennard. Rock, jazz, Latin fusion, soul – these master drummers have backed up the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana and now – each other.

At the center of the film is the warm-hearted Nasyr, and his musician friends who share their knowledge with forty students for this incredible, unforgettable week of music and camaraderie. The overriding philosophy of these musicians is driven by love, compassion and joy of life. At the end of the film you will be tapping the rhythms that live within us all and the positive energy these masters display will continue to pulse through you for days to come. A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience.

Additional information:

  • Director – John Walker
  • Producers – Kent Martin & John Walker
  • Cinematography – Nigel Markham & Kent Nason c.s.c
  • Editor – Jeff Warren
  • Sound Design – Alex Salter

Cast

(In Order Of Appearance)

  • Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr
  • Mike Mangini
  • Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez
  • Giovanni Hidalgo
  • Raul Rekow
  • Dennis Chambers
  • Kenwood Dennard

Produced by John Walker Productions Ltd. in co-production with The National Film Board of Canada.

Produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Film Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit and The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, in association with SuperChannel, TVOntario, Canal D, Knowledge and SCN.

Developed with the assistance of The CFC-NFB Feature Documentary Program.