We are saddened by the loss of longtime Omega faculty Layne Redmond who passed away in October 2013.
Layne Redmond is one of the most innovative musicians and beloved drumming workshop leaders of our time. She is author of When the Drummers Were Women and Chakra Meditation, and a composer of many guided meditation and musical CDs. The New York Times calls her a “superb percussionist.”
Redmond has followed an 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.
Today, Layne Redmond is recognized as one of the most exciting performers on the frame drum and has been featured in many music festivals, including the Touch Festival in Berlin, the Seattle Bumbershoot Festival, Tambores do Mundo (drum festival in San Luis, Brazil), and the World Wide Percussion Festival in Brazil.
Redmond’s many recordings include Since the Beginning, Trance Union, Invoking Aphrodite, The Wave of Bliss, and Hymns From the Hive. Her best-selling meditation CDs include Chanting the Chakras, Chakra Breathing Meditation, and Heart Chakra Meditations. With Rosangela Silvestre she produced Flowers of Fire: Sacred Chants and Rhythms of Candomble. Her music videos from this project, Xango and Iemanja, have gained a worldwide following. Redmond has also created two instructional videos for Interworld Music, Rhythmic Wisdom and A Sense of Time.