Leonice Shinneman, In Need of Our Drumming Community Help After a Car Accident

“Watching the waves from a ship to and from Japan and looking out of the car window on multiple trips across the USA in my childhood, gave me the space to study time itself, and the complexity and harmonics of rhythm, order and chaos.  

Subdividing and predicting the instant objects would pass, or their relationship to others in time, consumed the hours of my youth. It all comes down to time. 

That is why I chose drumming, Jazz, Indian classical and African. All the great rhythm traditions. When I drum, I sing the melody of the arrow of time. “

 


About a year ago in Los Angeles, I met the author of this quote, at a gig led by my bass player friend, David Hilton. Leonice Shinneman had a very interesting set-up, a small jazz kit with some tablas. His playing was very light and elegant, sophisticated, without question. He played the tablas briefly, and I thought, kinda cool to see that…

 

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I had no idea I was in the presence of a recognized world tabla master, a former faculty member at Cal Institute of the Arts, an innovative inventor and patent holder, and an artist whose drumming and percussion credits included work with Frank Zappa, along with contributions to soundtracks for “Drugstore Cowboy” and “Aliens 3.”

 

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I just knew the guy could play.

 

Unfortunately, it’s probably going to be six months to a year before Leonice can resume his art, because he was recently in a very serious car accident. Broken neck, broken back.

 

Yeah… that kind of serious.

 

His sister, Joy, created a Gofundme account to help get through what is obviously going to be a rough road, so if you have a minute, please visit the site. You may not have heard of Leonice or know of his work, or perhaps you have and already heard about his accident. No matter. He’s a drummer, he’s one of us.

 

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Here’s the gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/u5jxgb2c

 

For more information about Leonice, here’s the link to his website: http://www.leoniceshinnemandrums.weebly.com

 

During a break at the gig where I met him, Leonice and I had a great conversation about his ride cymbal and how he played it. I asked about his tablas and said I was interested in learning a little more about them. He offered to share information, and he said I was welcome to sit in during the next set. I had to leave, but I appreciated the offer.

 

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Leonice, when you get back to bandstand, I’d like to take you up on that offer. Meanwhile, you take it easy. The universe has got this.

 

3 thoughts on “Leonice Shinneman, In Need of Our Drumming Community Help After a Car Accident

  1. Steve Guffee January 30, 2016 / 1:48 am

    Leonice is my uncle, the younger brother of Joy, who is actually his sister, and my mother. Not Lee’s wife. Just wanted to clarify that for any readers.

    • David Aldridge January 30, 2016 / 2:04 am

      Sorry, Steve, I must have misread the information. I have since corrected it in the blog. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. – David

  2. Christopher Garcia February 11, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Dear folks

    I have finally secured a place for
    LEONICE SHINNEMAN BENEFIT ll
    THANKS TO THE FOLKS @ REMO

    3/12/SA
    7 TO 9 PM
    @
    REMO RMC

    7308 Coldwater Canyon
    North Hollywood, CA 91605
    http://remormc.com/

    i.e.,
    100% of the proceeds will be going to Leonice
    for his physical therapy and to literally get him back on his feet
    he is suffering from a broken back and a broken neck

    the venue,
    and the musicians are all donating their most precious gift
    i.e.,
    their time
    their talent
    and their LOVE

    we will have 4 hours total
    1 hour to set up
    90 minutes to 120 minutes to perform
    1 hour to tear down

    I am hoping to have 9 to 10 at the most performances
    featuring soloists and/or ensembles with each performing
    a 10 minute set or shorter

    much as how we did the John Bergamo event at CAL ARTS
    100 to 120 minutes of music in total

    HOW YOU CAN HELP
    as most of you know you can donate money at the following site

    HELP LEONICE
    https://www.gofundme.com/u5jxgb2c

    and/or attend
    the first benefit which Paul Livingstone organized
    http://paullivingstone.fanbridge.com/campaigns/show.php?id=1342287&sid=249408784
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1048802708513541/

    or this one @ REMO
    3/12/SA

    if you would like to participate in any way shape or form
    MUSICALLY and/or OTHERWISE

    PLEASE let me know
    if and/or how you would like to participate

    for those of you out of state or out of the county
    plz send an mp4 or an mp3
    which we can either play or show that day

    once all the ducks are in a row in regards to who will
    be performing, I will let everyone know
    and post the event
    but I will not post until we know who is doing what when

    SPECIAL THANKS TO FOLKS WHO GAVE
    ME NUMEROUS SUGGESTIONS FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER

    Tom Bartolac
    John Fitzgerald and Mike DeMenno of REMO
    Dan Savell

    AND VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLKS AT REMO
    FOR THEIR GENEROSITY

    GRACIAS A TODOS
    Christopher
    Chrisajg@gmail.com

    PS 1
    I will not be performing
    just hosting

    PS2
    I spoke with Leonice for the first time today about this
    i.e.,
    he was unaware that this was taking shape
    he is very happy and very grateful to each and everyone of YOU

    PS3
    plz forward this to anyone you feel might want to participate
    but please do not post until we have more info about who will
    actually be performing

    PS4
    MAY WE PARTICIPATE WITH INTENTION, INTENSITY, INTEGRITY AND PASSION
    anything less is less

    PAZ y NAMASTE

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