The Birthplace of Rhythm

Touring Performance • Music

Three drummers from the Pulse Beat Music Chicago collective serve as musical tour guides as they journey with audiences around the world to study the history, language, and geography of rhythm. The group performs rhythms and songs from the Middle East, Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Europe and other regions of the world. The drummers are accomplished musicians from Chicago who have traveled the globe to study a wide variety of music and cultures firsthand. Students are invited to join in the rhythm-making as the show builds towards its festive finale.

Please choose from the following Birthplace of Rhythm Shows:

The Global Show, which includes a round-the-world tour to regions like West Africa, the Middle East, northern Europe, South Pacific, United States and Brazil.

The Western Hemisphere features regions like West Africa, the Caribbean, northern Europe, Native American culture, the United States and Brazil.

Asia includes regions like the Middle East, India, Indonesia, the South Pacific, and Japan.

West Africa takes a deeper dive into the singing, drumming and dancing of countries in Western Africa.

Availability: Monday through Friday, weekends

For all ages

Technical Requirements:

  • One microphone with stand
  • Three chairs


This performance also offers an Immersion Workshop. To learn more about Immersion Workshops, click here. To book a Workshop paired with a Touring Performance, please specify under “Comments” on our Request Form.



The performers were professional and incorporated the interactive components suggested for our student population. Andy narrated the show in an engaging and developmentally appropriate way for our young students.
Blair Early Childhood Center, Chicago
The performance was fantastic. Jason and the other two performers were professional and engaging not to mention talented. They arrived with plenty of time to set up and were easy to support. I would highly recommend them to others. Great show.
Parent, Longfellow Elementary, Wheaton IL
Base Price:
Audience Size:
350 maximum
Program Length:
40 minutes