A talented musician and performer, Arthur Hull is recognized as the father of the modern day community drum circle movement. He is a facilitation trainer, motivational speaker, experiential keynote presenter and an internationally acclaimed master at facilitating groups of people through a common experience using music and rhythm.
Arthur has used the Village Music Circles™ metaphor to build team spirit and promote unity in corporations, schools and communities world-wide. With a mission to make the pleasure and the power of rhythm accessible to everyone Arthur brings his fun and inspirational rhythm experience to communities from corporate executives to kids at risk.
A gifted rhythmatist and charismatic facilitator, Arthur leads diverse groups through a joyful and inspiring experience using music and rhythm. From small groups to groups of thousands, English speaking to Mandarin, youngsters to elders, ‘rhythmically challenged’ to experienced musicians; Arthur’s wit and humor motivates people beyond cultural and personal barriers inspiring full, enthusiastic participation and community building.
An ethnomusicologist and accomplished world-beat percussionist, Arthur brings audiences both insight and knowledge of our world musical heritage and how this history affects modern people of all cultures. Arthur has instructed over 7000 students at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
As founder of Village Music Circles™, he brings experiential team building and leadership events to organizations internationally. Apple Computer, Silicon Graphics, Patagonia, Kinko’s, Motorola, McDonalds, Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal, ExonMobile, World Bank, Sony, and Toyota are among the thousands of corporations who have found the spirit of community through Village Music Circles™ events.
Arthur originated and defined the field of modern day Drum Circle Facilitation. In 1990 he established professional trainings for Community and Drum Circle Facilitators. Trainings are currently offered in the US, Canada, China, Japan, Germany, Norway, UK
Arthur’s playshops and experiential keynote presentations have been a featured part of personal growth conferences including: Omega Institute, Naropa Institute, Esalen Institute, The Association for Humanistic Psychology, Noetic Science, The Prophets Conference, and The Yoga Journal Conference.
* 2005 Santa Cruz Calabash Awards, Showcase Honoring Excellence in the Ethnic Arts
* 2004 Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Gail Rich Award for Art and Culture
* 2002 Drum Magazine’s Drummie Award for Best Drum Circle Facilitator
* 2001 Infinity Foundation Spirit Award
* 2000 Drum Magazine’s Drummie Award for Best Drum Circle Facilitator
* 1998 Drum Magazine’s Drummie Award for Best World Beat Percussionist
* 1994 All One Tribe Foundation’s Drumming Education Award
Arthur has been written about in publications including:
The Economist, The LA times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Yoga Journal.
Publications by Arthur Hull
* Drum Circle Spirit: Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm
* Percussion Source
* Drum Magazine
* World Beat Magazine
* The Facilitation Video, filmed live at the 2001 Hawaii Playshop
* The Video/Book Guide to Endrummingment
* James Asher and Arthur Hull: Sounding the Stones
* The Small Village Music Ensemble: Drum Culture
* The Small Village Music Ensemble: Drummers Journey
* The Nigerian Highlife Orchestra Katoja
* Special Fun Band
* Babatunde Olatunji and African Rain
As a performing musician for 30 years, Arthur has studied and worked with many renowned percussionists including Babatunde Olatunji, Hamza El Din, and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.
A Signature Series endorsee for REMO, Inc Drums, Arthur has designed many of the drums used in Village Music Circles community drumming events. Arthur also facilitates national and international REMO sponsored events.
Arthur Hull REMO Drum Designs:
* Facilitators’ Sound Shapes
* Rope Tuned Djun Djun
* Facilitators’ 6 Piece Set Nesting Drums
* Hardware Ashiko Drum
* Rope Tuned Ashiko
* Standing Ngoma Drum