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Deleuze, Nomadic Thought, & the Shamanic Drum


Is it possible that the origins of human thought reverberated from the sound of a drum? What can we learn about the drum used by nomadic peoples tens of thousands of years ago? What does the drum have to teach us today? Presenting ideas from his book "The Nomad's Labyrinth", Larry Gomez will take listeners on a philosophical journey in search for the meaning of the shamanic drum. Along the way we will encounter Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, whose nomadic thought opened up new ways of thinking about the world around us. With their help, we may learn how the drum not only serves as a window into another culture but also acts as a mirror that reflects our own.

Following the discussion will be a music performance with Larry on percussion accompanied by Ted Zook of the group Lost Civilizations.

Larry Gomez is an independent writer, musician, and painter who uses a synaesthetic approach to explore themes in philosophy, traditional knowledge, and ecology.  He is the author of the book The Nomads' Labyrinth and composer of the musical album Mayan Odyssey: A 2012 Suite.

T.A. Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist though also plays basscello, bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, and more. He is currently involved in two projects: Chimiak & Zook ( & The Lost Civilizations experimental music project ( 

When: May 13, 8pm
Where: RhizomeDC, 6950 Maple St NW DC
Cost:  Donation ($10 suggested, but pay what you can)