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HIDDEN DRUMMERS of IRAN is a documentary about incredible young drummers in Iran who are breathing new life into an ancient tradition
HIDDEN DRUMMERS of IRAN is a documentary about incredible young drummers in Iran who are breathing new life into an ancient tradition
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HIDDEN DRUMMERS of IRAN is a documentary film following me Ruairi Glasheen a percussionist from Ireland on my journey to Iran to uncover the ancient drumming tradition of tonbak playing. The film presents a new perspective on this widely misunderstood nation through the lives of young musicians bringing new life to an age-old musical tradition. 

My vision is to bring this music and these talented musicians to a new audience and thus, help others to gain a greater understanding of this beautiful country and dispel some of the often misinterpreted notions of Iran and it people.

THE IDEA...

This film will be the first in a series of documentaries that uncover ancient and awesome drumming traditions from around the world. Each film will focus on a different tradition through the lens of the current generation of players who are drumming new life into these ancient art forms. Iran, with a musical history stretching back almost 3,000 years was a perfect starting point on my journey.

Traditional music is often a mirror for the society in which it has evolved and Iran is no exception. Its music can be thrilling and frenetic, while maintaining a sense of sophistication and delicacy. It provides as many contrasts as the country itself, which incorporates madly busy urban sprawl in places such as Tehran, the laid-back 1970s throwback culture of other smaller cities, to the stillness and vast beauty of the desert.

Hidden Drummers of Iran Featured in...

CNN

The Irish Times

BBC Persian

Songlines Magazine

Manoto TV

Newstalk Radio with Bobby Kerr

The Evening Echo

ROAM Magazine

Percussive Arts Society

Find our more about the project via our website HERE or via Facebook and Instagram

 WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?

I travelled around with the purpose of meeting other percussionists, collaborating with them and learning about their lives. It’s not just about drumming of course, but how the language of rhythm and music can offer a communal starting point for people from vastly different cultures to meet, strike up friendships and work together.

I NEED YOUR HELP...

I need your help to make this film happen. and whilst we have had some healthy interest from broadcasters and production companies, it is a massive priority for me to make sure the finished film honours our new friends in Iran and is produced to the best possible quality to showcase their incredible talents and outlook.

We filmed over 20 hours of footage in Iran and are now at the final post production stages of making our film. Up to this point the project has been completely self-funded, and now we are specifically looking to finance the film editing, sound mixing and colour correction.

We want to work with experienced documentary editors and studios who help us will bring together all of the elements of our story and realise our vision for showcasing our incredible Iranian adventure.

I believe music can be a powerful tool to bring people together, make connections and foster a sense of understanding. Hidden Drummers of Iran is a story of artistic triumph over adversity and a rare insight into life inside a contemporary dictatorship through the perspective of young musicians. I hope you will join me to uncover the Hidden Drummers of Iran.

Risks and challenges

Whilst there may be new risks involved with this project in post production, the vast majority of risk was undertaken during our trip to Iran in January 2018 to shoot the film.

I will be working with a small team of talented professionals to navigate the post-production stages of our film and I am confident that any risks that might be encountered will be mitigated appropriately and with integrity to you, the backers of our film.

We have spoken to our prospective partners and have accounted the costs of post production from their quotes and have allowed some space for contingency.

Whilst we estimate the film to be complete by December 2018, it's possible that our post production schedule may change and as a result, the film may be delivered at a slightly later date.

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    Hidden Drummers Delux Package

    The ultimate Hidden Drummers of Iran package, featuring a bespoke art print designed for the project by the Incredible Matt Mulvey which you can check out below.

    www.HiddenDrummers.com/print

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    1 Hour Bodhrán Lesson

    Have a one hour bodhran lesson with Ruairi in London or online via Skype

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    Limited Edition Photographic Print - A4

    Choose from a hand selected collection of images from our Iran journey which will be printed on fine-art paper

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    Join the Hidden Drummers family in London for an intimate evening of fabulous Iranian food, story telling, a screening of the film and spontaneous musical performances.

    Date TBC via doodle on completion of the campaign.

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    6 Week Drumming Course in London

    Have priority access to one of my 6 week drumming courses in London. This includes A Creative Approach to the Irish Bodhran, Bodhran Explorers and 3D Drum Circle

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    Private Screening with talk and Q&A

    A private screening of Hidden Drummers of Iran in your home, workplace or school introduced by Ruairi and followed by a facilitated Q&A session.

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    Whole Day Film Making Workshop

    This whole day, one on one and bespoke practical film making workshop with Ruairi Glasheen and Yury Sharov will equip you with the skills to shoot and edit your own footage on a range of cameras including DSLR, iPhone and GoPro.

    Experiment and explore the theory of capturing and editing footage, navigate hard and soft skills associated with making your own films including ..
    - Maximising your camera settings
    - Framing and selecting shots
    - Editing on apps and software
    - interview technique, ethics, and more

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    Corporate Drumming Workshop

    Music is conducive to creating an inclusive culture in the workplace and inspiring employees to connect, create and collaborate through focussing on real life experience and reflecting on relationships using analogies drawn from the musical process.

    Ruairi has delivered programmes in schools, prisons, hospitals, care centres, museums, hotels, universities, orchestras and for organisations such as Disney, EMI, Virgin, Sony and Paramount Pictures.

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    For more information on the possibilities visit RuairiGlasheen.net/corporate

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    Hidden Drummers LIVE!

    A private evening of music in your home comprising a live performance by Ruairi and the Hidden Drummers Ensemble, a private screening of the documentary, a talk from the directors, facilitated discussion and delicious Iranian snacks.

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    Handcrafted Shirani Tonbak Drum

    I was honoured to visit the Shirani tonbak shop in Esfahan and hand select this drum which features in the documentary. Shirani is one of the most celebrated tonbak makers in the world and this professional grade, one of a kind drum is made of Iranian walnut and camel skin.

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    Producer on Hidden Drummers of Indonesia

    Join Ruairi and the Hidden Drummers team as they plot, plan and produce the next instalment of the Hidden Drummers series. The team plan on visiting remote areas of Indonesia where traditional forms of indigenous drumming are thriving. The expedition is TBC for April 2019- are you in?!

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