"I first met Layne when she and Glen Velez were working together, and I was immediately impressed by her capabilities. As we started a working business relationship, I began to know and respect her as a person. I found Layne to be genuine and committed to the art of frame drumming, and added immeasurably to the quality of the instrument we developed with her help. We, along with her great many friends and admirers the world over, will miss her." - Remo D. Belli
Layne Redmond is an acclaimed drummer, composer, and author specializing in the small hand-held frame drum played primarily by women in the ancient Mediterranean world. These cultures knew the frame drum as one of the most sacred and oldest of ritual instruments. For the past decade, she has been intensively researching and piecing together the pre-Christian traditions of the frame drum in religious and healing rituals. Played predominantly by women with their bare hands, this powerful trance inducing instrument was used in the religious rites of many goddesses.
Layne Redmond is recognized as one of today's most exciting performers on the frame drum and has been featured in many music festivals throughout the World. DRUM! Magazine listed Layne Redmond as one of the 53 Heavyweight Drummers Who Made A Difference in the '90s. She's the only woman on this list which includes Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Zakir Hussain, Elvin Jones and Mickey Hart.
And she is one of the few drummers listed who has not been in a commercially successful pop, rock or jazz band. Instead Layne Redmond has followed an extremely unusual path specializing in the small hand-held frame drum played primarily by women in the ancient Mediterranean world. From 1981 through 1990 she performed and recorded the first contemporary frame drum compositions with percussionist, Glen Velez for European and American labels. During this period she intensively researched the playing styles and history of the frame drum in religious and cultural rituals 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 Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt, Greece and Rome and also explains why they are not today. When The Drummers Were Women was released by Random House in June 1997 in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.
Redmond is a master clinician and has taught and lectured numerous times at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention, the National Association of Music Therapy and in 1998 she gave the keynote lecture and performance at the eighth annual Healing Sound Colloquium. Some of the venues she's taught or performed at are Penn State, Vassar College, William's College, Bucknell College, Hartford Seminary, Andover Newton Theological Institute, Sam Ash Music Institute, Berklee School of Music, Calif. Institute of the Arts, Roulette, The Knitting Factory, and Esalen Institute.
Some of her recordings include: Since the Beginning, Trance Union, (with Tommy Be), and Sundaryalahari: The Wave of Bliss. Her best selling meditation cds include: Chanting the Chakras, Chakra Breathing Meditation, and Heart Chakra Meditations. Sounds True released her book/cd Chakra Meditation on the classic teachings of yoga and the chakras in 2004.