I would have liked to write you a long and detailed self-history concerning my interest in drumming but frankly I'm only a drummer for a year and 2 months 🙂
Music has always played a leading role in my life. I've always preferred to live my happiness and sadness through music as a listener. Then there came a day that I wanted to transfer myself from the listener's side to the player's side.
It all started around 7-8 years ago when I discovered percussion workshops and I started attending them just for fun. That summer I discovered Mısırlı Ahmet's darbuka camp and I attended there along with my tent. My God, those were absolutely amazing days!
I felt like I was in a version of the Avatar movie: souls that were living and breathing with music through the melody created by the earthenware darbuka just like singing spirituals all night around the tree of life until the sunrise. It was love, from head to toe.
After that experience I was very interested in different percussion instruments like darbuka, frame drum and tambourine until three years ago when I moved my current city, Samsun. The music that I listened to was also centered around such instruments. My move here changed a lot of things in my life as it did my relation with music.
I am a psychological consultant and in the past four years I also have been taking art therapy classes. My personal focus of interest is of course therapy with music. After a weekend workshop of percussion around a year ago, a distinct feeling came to me where I uttered myself "I should be playing the drum set". Without hesitation, right on the following day I called the drum studio to start taking drumming classes.
Until I knew of Leyan and this organisation, I went into a process of a lot of hard work where I sometimes felt out of it even thinking of quitting(!), sometimes grabbed on to it as I've never done before but ultimately I was convinced that I absolutely love drumming. My choices of music that I listened to and the musicians that I followed also were transformed. I discovered an unexpected number of extremely talented female drummers.. my God, they are so wonderful!
After I decided to attend this competition I had a boost in my motivation, performance and diligence. I can safely say that it gave me more discipline and I must confess I do have dreams of being and playing on stage. I'm not a stranger to be on stage as I often do presentations but it is extremely exciting to be playing music that is dearest to my heart which is as close to me as my own heartbeat. I would like to go through this experience in the following stages of my life.
The darbuka instrument made me meet with "love" and my love for drums has embraced me with passion.
Yours, faithfully, Semra