The Gallery  and  The Gallery East  Stamford


The Gallery is very excited to have these two dedicated and talented artists , Lara Gonzalez and Yael  Shacham  offer you a day of great music, song,  and dance, I hope you can find the time to give yourself and a friend the gift and experience of, Marafanyi!

West African Drum & Dance Workshop for all levels with Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song! Saturday, June 13 (Drum 1:00-3:00 pm, Dance 3:30-5:30 pm)  at The Gallery East located at 71 Main Street in Stamford, NY.  Adults, mature teens and seniors are welcome!
 $25 per workshop (Drum OR dance), $40 combo (drum AND dance). Pre-Registration Discount available received by June 8th ($20 Drum OR Dance, $35 Drum AND Dance). Registration & information call 607-652-4030 or 607-353-2492.You can pay the day of the workshop also.

 Lara Gonzalez & Yael Shacham, the ladies of Marafanyi, have a holistic approach to West African dance and drum that is fun, encouraging and accessible with a focus on joyful exploration. Connecting mind, body and spirit, students learn to express themselves through a powerful and lyrical vocabulary of traditional music & movement that is hundreds of years old, highlighting the beautiful, dynamic dances and rhythms from Guinea. The ladies are known for their teaching expertise and flexibility with all levels of experience. Olympic Bronze Medalist, Jojo Starbuck, had this to say after taking one of their workshops - "I appreciated how you peeled the onion so beautifully for us!"
Lara & Yael are committed to the therapeutic, educational and transformational power of drum, dance and song for all ages and populations and have been teaching and performing for over 10 years. They travel frequently to Guinea where they focus on music and dance from a variety of ethnic groups and maintain assistance programs for artists in the region. The ladies of Marafanyi are pleased to have recently collaborated with Guinean Master Artist, M'Bemba Bangoura and Guinean Griot & Balafon Master, Famoro Dioubaté They also supported Congolese guitarist Dominic Kanza and his African Rhythm Machine at MASS MoCA and Grammy award winner, Angélique Kidjo from Benin at SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center). Visit
Space is limited, to reserve your place and receive a discount , pre payment must be received by June 8th. You can pay at The Gallery at 128 Main and River St. on Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm and the day of the event if there is available space to attend. We don't allow crowded workshops in respect of those who pre register, to ensure a great experience.
Mail checks with payment to Timothy Touhey to:
The Gallery
128 Main St. Stamford NY 12167
NOTE: There are  two galleries in Stamford
The Gallery at 128 Main and River St.
The Gallery East at 71 Main St.
both # 607 652 4030 and East 607 353 2492
Future Gallery East Dance and Drumming workshops:register now and save
Sat July 25th M'Bemba Bangoura 12pm to 5:30 pm Drum /dance / Drum
Sat August 29th Michael Markus returns for his second workshop 1pm to 5:30 pm Drum/ Dance
and introducing  Yoga Trance Dance workshops with certified Trance Dance Yoga instructor Nancy Forstbauer,  dates to be announced. Let me know if your interested.
Every Second Sat of the month open mic / open stage at The Gallery's grand piano concert hall, 128 Main St. 7to11pm  B.Y.O.B. and or plate to share $5.00 donation
DRUM CIRCLE: Every Second Sat at The Gallery East 71 Main St. 4 to 6 pm  $5.00 donation
NOTE: the drum circle set for June 13th (second Sat) is replaced by the drum workshop for Marafanyi this month only.Yes , both the same day, two locations.The open mic is on starting at 7:00 pm
For more details of the workshops, and to view the work of Timothy Touhey visit
 Thank You
Timothy Touhey




West African Drum & Dance with Master Artist  M' Bemba Bangoura 


The Gallery East    Saturday July 25th / 12:pm to 5:30 pm


As a native of Guinea West Africa, M' Bemba Bangoura began drumming before he was old enough to attend school, playing the traditional music and dance styles of his village.By the age of 14, he had displayed such a high level of skill and artistry that he was invited to join the city's ballet as the lead drummer, The Ballet of Conakry, in the nations capital.The ballet was a formal training ground for him. After seven years of playing with the city ballet and only 21, M' Bemba was declared a master drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the most widely recognized and respected ballet in the country at that time.There he worked side by side with other master drummers, most notably longtime friend Mamady Keita, with whom he created all of the ballets musical arrangements.It was with this troupe that he first traveled to the United States.After four European tours and two tours throughout the United States with Ballet Djoliba, M' Bemba began his solo career in 1988 by establishing his first dance company in Amsterdam called Africa Soli.In 1990, after moving to New York City, M' Bemba helped to found Fareta School of Drum and Dance. In 1992 He co founded the Les Ballet  Bagata with master dancer Youssouf Koumbassa.M'Bemba Bangoura has traveled throughout the world as a performer and teacher of African drum and dance, and is revered worldwide for his high level of mastery.M'Bemba currently resides in New York City.
Saturday July 25th / 12:00pm to 5:30 pm
12:00 to 1:30  / 1st drumming
2:00 to 3:30  /  dance, with drumming.
4:00 to 5:30 /  2nd drumming
$25.00 per class   $40.00 for two  $50 for all three, you may attend just one.bring your drum
Space is limmited, to secure your place, please register in advance ( highly recomended)
Mail check or money order to Timothy Touhey / send to The Gallery East 71 Main St. Stamford N.Y. 12167
You can drop off payment at The Gallery, call for an appointment
Call 607 652 4030 or 607  353 2492 for more info visit  for more gallery events.



West African Drum & Dance Workshop

With Michael Markus

Saturday, August 29, 2009 in Stamford, NY


Along with a BFA in percussion, Michael has mentored with accomplished master indigenous artists and travels yearly to Guinea, West Africa. In addition to administrating, directing and performing with Magbana Drum and Dance NYC, Michael is a visionary and charismatic teacher of drum and dance workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He is also co-owner of Wula Drum, which prides itself on offering top-quality West Afrcian percussion instruments and accessories.
African Drumming Besides being a call to community, drumming raises one's spirits, energy and vitality. It is an exciting way to learn hand & eye coordination, concentration and memory expansion. Students will learn sounds and techniques of the djembe drum, rhythm structure, traditional rhythms and history from Guinea, West Africa as well as how to have fun playing music at all levels.
African Dance  This energetic class focuses on the beautiful, archetype dance movements from Guinea, West Africa. In addition to being a superior form of exercise, students learn to express themselves in a healthy way. Connecting mind, body and spirit, students also learn to relate to the music and those around them. This class is accompanied by live drumming.


Workshop Schedule                           Location


1:00pm 3:30pm  African Drumming Class                                The Gallery East
4:00pm 5:30pm  African Dance Class                                      71 Main St., Stamford, NY 12167
                                                                                                           607.652.4030 office / 607.353.2492 cell



Please Select Your Interests:

___$25 for Drum Class Only                                         

___$20 for Dance Class Only

___$40 for both Drum & Dance Classes

___$35 Early Bird Registration for both classes (payment due by 4/25/09)

___ I need to reserve a drum!


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