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"No other project to date has included as much information on Afro Cuban bata drumming. Although it focuses on the style played in Matanzas, Cuba and not on the more prevalent Havana style found in the US, its importance cannot be diminished."

Bill Summers, from the Introduction


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"[The] importance of this DVD cannot be overstated in my opinion, precisely because it introduces us to the "other" style of bata drumming, the one that is located in the folkloric cradle of the country, the province of Matanzas. I can only hope you appreciate this package as much as I do. I will be studying it daily for many years to come."

Michael Spiro, from the Forward




Bata Rhythms from Matanzas, Cuba: Transcriptions of the Oro Seco, Third Edition

This 70 page book of transcriptions is designed to accompany El Lenguaje del Tambor: Bata Rhythms from Matanzas, Cuba, a 2-disc set of instructional DVDs that presents the Oro Seco as played in Matanzas, Cuba. They offer the most detailed and complete documentation of the fundamentals of Matanzas-style bata drumming ever produced.

The 19 bata drum rhythms in this book were completely re-transcribed by Kristin Olson, a graduate student of Michael Spiro's and an extraordinary young percussionist.  Michael, an internationally acclaimed percussionist and long-time student of Daniel's as well as of many other well-known bataleros, supervised and reviewed the project from beginning to end.

When we filmed the DVDs, Daniel requested that the three drummers switch drums occasionally, so as to illustrate a wider range of technique and improvisation within the rhythms.  Each transcription in this edition presents the rhythm as it is played on Disc 1 of the DVD set. In some cases where Daniel's individual drum part from Disc 2 is significantly different from the rhythm as performed on Disc 1, addenda have been included that show Daniel's part.

The transcriptions are currently only available as a package with the DVDs. 

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