Layne Redmond

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The February 2000 issue of DRUM! Magazine listed Layne Redmond as one of the 53 Heavyweight Drummers Who Made A Difference in the 90's. She's the only woman on this list that includes Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Zakir Hussain, Elvin Jones and Micky Hart, and the only drummer on that list whose work is focused on the spiritual and healing aspects of drumming. Layne Redmond’s unusual path focuses on the hand-held frame drum, the world’s oldest known drum. For fifteen years, she researched the history of this drum in religious and healing rites in the ancient Mediterranean world culminating in her book, When The Drummers Were Women. This book details a lost history of a time when women were the primary percussionists in the ancient world and also explains why they are not today.

All Things Considered on National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Drum!,Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, New Age Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, New Age Voice and Shaman’s Drum are a few of the media that have featured articles and interviews with Layne Redmond.


Layne has been featured in many music festivals including the Touch Festival in Berlin, Seattle Bumbershoot Festival, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, Tambores do Mundo in San Luis, Brazil, as a soloist at the World Wide Percussion Festival in Salvador, Brazil. In Feb. 2002 Redmond’s percussion duo performed at the Vienna International Percussion Festival and in 2006 her group,...
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