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 available separately or as a package with the DVDs.