Celebrating the Life and Legacy of
Master Drummer Frisner Augustin (1948-2012)
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and dozens of individual donors, the Frisner Augustin Memorial Project is currently
- continuing to digitize newly found analog materials, photographs, and text documents (ongoing project);
- curating an annotated online archive around Mr. Augustin’s life and legacy (online yet always in progress);
- producing live concerts of Afro-Haitian drumming;* and
- planning a database of outstanding Haitian drummers past and present.
*The first annual Frisner Augustin Memorial Drum Festival concert took place on June 21, 2014; the second on June 26, 2015; and the third on June 25, 2016. All took place at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn. In 2016 we also held a special drumming workshop and a community forum on heritage preservation. The fourth concert took place on June 16, 2017, at the New School’s Johnson/Kaplan Hall in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Please see our Memorial Concert page for details of the 2022 ten-year memorial concert at Brooklyn Commons on June 25.
Featured image by Kesler Pierre, taken in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Make a Donation to the Memorial Project
Take a moment to click/tap the Donate button below and make a tax-deductible contribution to the Frisner Augustin Memorial Project. If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to La Troupe Makandal, Inc., and mail to La Troupe Makandal, 621 Rutland Rd Apt 4C, Brooklyn NY 11203-1716.