Research and Education


Continuing Classes (all levels welcome), 2017–2018

Fridays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Room 1036, North Building at Hunter College, Main Campus at East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan
Map and directions.
Hunter College students – Swipe into the North Building on East 69th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.  Take an elevator to the tenth floor.
Visitors ­– Enter Hunter’s West Building (southwest corner Lexington and East 68th).  Ask security for a visitor’s pass (photo ID required) and for directions to the North Building. Take an elevator or stairway to the tenth floor of the North Building.
FREE for Hunter College students. For more information, contact makandal@earthlink.net.


About Our Research and Educational Services

Schools, museums, and libraries in and out of New York City contract with La Troupe Makandal for workshops, lecture-demonstrations, classes, residencies, and research consultancies. Besides contracted services, we have run our own educational programs with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Borough President of Brooklyn, Meet the Composer, and the Puffin Foundation.  Educational programs and services include:
  • School assembly performances, lecture-demonstrations, residencies, and professional development. When a Department of Education contract is needed for in-school or after-school services, New York City public schools may engage Makandal by contacting the Education Department of City Lore (for services in all five boroughs) at 212-529-1955, or the Brooklyn Arts Council (for services in Brooklyn only) at 718-625-0080.
  • Tanbou, weekly drum workshops with Morgan Zwerlein. Instruction highlights playing in ensemble, aural memory, hand and stick technique, and cultural context. We provide students with opportunities to try out their skills in live performance. See details above.
  • Research consultancies and related services in Haitian studies, such as conference, symposium, and colloquium organization; event planning and documentation; website consulting; grant-writing assistance; research; and writing, proofreading, and editing.

Customers for any of these contracted services may compensate La Troupe Makandal via the PayPal button below. Questions? makandal@earthlink.net

Featured photo: Makandal students and drummers perform at Roulette, June 21, 2014. Photo by Kesler Pierre

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