A DRUMMERS DREAM (John Walker, Canada). 84 minutes. Friday (May 7), 10 pm, Royal Sunday (May 9), 1:30 pm, Royal..
A DRUMMERS DREAM (John Walker, Canada). 84 minutes. Friday (May 7), 10 pm, Royal Sunday (May 9), 1:30 pm, Royal. Rating: NNN
Who knew that Ontario cottage country hosts a drumming summer camp that features some of the world’s top percussion talent? This camp, run by Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr (who once toured with Dizzy Gillespie), is the focus of veteran director John Walker’s latest. While watching it, you won’t be able to keep from tapping your foot.
Drumming aficionados will eat up every beat of the well-filmed performances and talks by Mike Mangini, Horacio “El-Negro” Hernandez, Raul Rekow and others. And the final jam at the end, when the students join in, is lots of fun.
But there are few surprises – except when Hernandez escapes in a canoe – and the absence of contributions from, say, Kodo drummers, makes the project feel a bit Western-centric.