Cranes and bulldozers have been digging up the Ford stage, but that doesn’t mean we're going to stop jamming! Starting March 5, we’ll be presenting JAM Sessions all over LA County – from Watts to Newhall and many places in between. The first few JAMs are listed below. Be sure to sign up here to get the latest scoop (of JAM)!
Last month, we introduced you to Ford staff members who make it all happen. This month, we sat down with frequent JAM facilitator and Freedom Drum Circles founder Christopher Ramirez.
What excites you most about JAM Sessions?
Christopher Ramirez: To see parents and children playing music together is very inspirational. And, seeing people that don't know one another creating rhythms as one brings a smile to my face. I also love how JAMs create a very safe space for everyone: people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds.
Can you share a memorable moment from your JAM experiences?
CR: At the end of one drum session, there was a woman who just kept on drumming – even after the rest of the group had stopped. She had her eyes closed and was creating her own rhythm. When she stopped, she explained that she was pregnant and that she hadn't felt her child move for weeks until that drum circle. Everyone cheered and hugged her. It was an incredible moment.
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