Daniel Brevil


Haitian Vodou drumming

Daniel Brevil was born into a drumming family.  His father, Joseph Brevil, a respected community activist, houngan (Vodou priest), and accomplished drummer, was Daniel's first teacher and source of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration.  As a young boy, Daniel would accompany  his father to the all-night ceremonies in the Vodou temples of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he was in much demand.

As a student, Daniel deepened his knowledge of Vodou, the religion of the Haitian people, and its drumming, dancing, and singing, as he attended Ecole Nationale des Arts, Haiti's premiere school of the arts.  He is the former Artistic Director of Artcho/Ayikodans Company and Tamboula, two of Haiti's premiere folkloric dance troupes.  He is the Musical Director of Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company.  Over the past 25 years, Daniel has worked to foster an understanding of Haiti, its traditions, and its distinct cultural expressions.

Daniel was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2012, with apprentice Kendrick Freeman.  Their apprenticeship focused on deepening the apprentice's knowledge of approximately twenty rhythms of the Port-au-Prince regional repertoire.

Images

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1-Apprentice Kendrick Freeman (left) and master Daniel Brevil (right) in Freeman’s home studio (Photo: Russell Roderiguez)
2-Kendrick Freeman (left) playing a petwo drum and Daniel Brevil playing the manman drum (Photo: Russell  Roderiguez)
3-Master Daniel Brevil playing the manman of the rada drum family (Photo: Russell Rodriguez)
4-Apprentice Kendrick Freeman playing a petwo drum (Photo: Russell Rodriguez)
5-Kendrick Freeman (left) playing a petwo drum and Daniel Brevil playing the manman drum (Photo: Russell  Roderiguez)
Kendrick Freeman, master Haitian drummer Daniel Brevil's 2012 apprentice (Photo courtesy of Kendrick Freeman)
Master Haitian drummer Daniel Brevil (left) and his 2012 apprentice Kendrick Freeman (Photo courtesy of Kendrick Freeman)
Master Haitian drummer Daniel Brevil (left) and his 2012 apprentice Kendrick Freeman (Photo courtesy of Kendrick Freeman)
Master Haitian drummer Daniel Brevil (Photo courtesy of Kendrick Freeman)
Master Haitian drummer Daniel Brevil (Photo courtesy of Kendrick Freeman)

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