I Tamburisti di FIREnze - BM 2016

$1,105 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 28 months
I Tamburisti di FIREnze:  The Drummers of Florence

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This year at Burning Man, our drum-building collective is incredibly excited to recreate a 16th century Florentine craft guild! Located in the Piazza at the foot of The Man, we will be giving interactive tours of our guild workshop space, teaching classes on various drumming styles and techniques, and gifting drum-making experiences. After crossing our threshold, your goal is simple: RANK UP! You'll start out as a recruit, become an apprentice, and just maybe, if you're worthy of the title, you'll leave as a master. 

Our 2016 collective of 29 burners will descend on the playa from all over the U.S.! Every year we grow and add new skills & talent to our collective, and this year is no exception! We're adding two major elements to our drum-building installation: we are teaching several classes daily in our play space and we are offering burners a chance to help us build a dozen drums to gift to a school off-playa after the event. Help us do our part to spread Burning Man culture outside of Black Rock City!

Why We Need $$
Our fundraising goal is to transform our 30x40 space into a functional craft guild and gift as many drums as possible. Each drum we gift on the playa costs about $15 in materials.  Each of the drums we will donate *after* the event costs about $50 in materials. Our space will have an exhibit area, workshop & stage. It will be staffed by 6-8 volunteers from 9am-midnight each day, and it will cost us thousands just to get there with our materials in tow. 

Why YOU Want to Help Us
It's entirely possible that you're reading this and thinking, "I'm not even going to this event. Why should I help make it happen?"  Well, first and foremost, our project is created by a unique collective of individuals and our "big ideas" germinate and grow each time we meet. Imagine a group of CEO's or politicians sitting around a table -  only instead of executives worrying about how much money they can make, we're a group of like-minded creatives who seek to make the world a better place through rhythmic artistry. We have an uncommon blend of musicians and artists amongst us with unique skills and perspectives that you'd be hardpressed to find anywhere else. What do you get when you put musicians, drum-builders, visual artists, music therapists, ethnomusicologists, drum circle facilitators, and audio professionals all in the same dusty camp site for two weeks?
That's us, Camp ThumpThump, at your service. 

In 2016, our vision stems from the overall theme of Burning Man, "Da Vinci's Workshop."  Through the lens of a Renaissance-era craft guild, let us gift you a drum, an experience, drum-playing skills, and memories that will last a lifetime!

Here's the Gist: 
For the cost of your morning coffee, you can help our team come together and create something spectacular in the Desert. It's simple: more funding leads to more drums in the world. We are incredibly appreciative that you've taken the time to read this page. Please help us spread the word!

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Hello, friends!

About half of the bandanas, stickers, and pendants were mailed last week and the other half will go out soon! Keep an eye on your mailboxes! We’ve been back in the “Default World” for about three weeks and the actual dust is starting to settle (in the nooks and crannies of our vehicles and homes). Our 2016 playa project was nothing short of magical, and it was in large part thanks to your generous assistance!

As project manager, I had it easy this year. I came through the gate with a team of 30 extraordinarily diligent burners that truly understood the tenets behind our objectives. We met and exceeded every one of our goals, and we did so much more. How does it look by the numbers?

Like this:
110 burners built their own drum in our 4-6 hour workshop. 10 Ashikos were designed and built by our burner community for a classroom of kids outside of BRC. Over 50 burners experienced Phil-In-Da-Beat™’s Bass Drum Womb Cocoon. Over 200 burners participated in Da Vinci’s daily parade around the Man. Over 300 burners learned their Rhythm Identity Code (RIC) and interacted with our handcrafted Drum Machine. We guided over 400 burners on Rhythm Quests in order to rank up in our guild and 5 burners even had their own drums re-headed by our experts on site. Over 60 burners participated in our nightly lecture on drumming as a tool of intimate communication. Hundreds of burners, including dozens who’ve built drums with us in the past, played drums (and danced) on our stage. All of that, and we’re ready for more!

We’re proud of what we built and accomplished out there. You should be proud of it, too, for helping to make it happen! Earlier when I said I had it easy as a project manager it was in part because upon returning to New Orleans, I had four texts from my team that all said the same thing: “What’s next?” With that kind of enthusiasm, how could we not want to do this for a fourth consecutive year?

For now we’re waiting on the 2017 theme announcement. We’re looking forward to learning from this year and letting it guide us toward the next one. Thank you again for your support.

Check out our 2016 project page for future updates:

…and check back soon for 2016 photos on our website:

Best Regards,
Dhani & the entire 2016 Camp ThumpThump Drum Collective
We did it!
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Good Morning and Happy Sunday!

We just posted a few new work-in-progress photos on our Facebook page, so stop in there to check them out! In case you’re not a FAN yet, our link is:


A couple weeks have passed since I’ve posted an update because we’re getting SO close to “liftoff.” Our caravans from Louisiana and Indiana start driving west in just two weeks! This project has turned out to be pretty darn amazing and much bigger in scope & development than we originally expected - we’re marching forward with confidence, and we can’t WAIT to show you what our little team of makers & artists is able to accomplish as a cohesive unit! Between your generous donations (thank you!), our grant from Burning Man Arts (thank you!), and several substantial out-of-pocket contributions from our teammates (thank you!), we’ve been able to get almost everything off the ground. We haven’t quite met our goal, but we’re REALLY good at spreading it out. Thank you for continuing to spread the word about what we do!

Want to know exactly where your dollars have gone? There are over FORTY “smaller” (ha!) projects in active development that will be combined to produce the summation of “I Tamburisti di FIREnze” at Black Rock City. This list includes several major aspects that are either finished or SUPER CLOSE to crossing that finish line:

• 100+ Drum shells in production in Indiana
• Shelving in production in Indiana
• Sewing Renaissance-aesthetic drapery in Missouri
• Sewing Renaissance-aesthetic slip-covers in Missouri
• Building Da Vinci’s Drum Machine in California
• Building our TWO GIANT gathering drums in California
• Painting our 10x20’ lifesize mural of The Last Supper in California
• Painting several large canvas pieces for our space in California
• 1100+ kiln-fired/glazed ceramic pendants in production in Louisiana
• Building our workshop tables & stools in California, Indiana, and Louisiana
• Acquiring all of our necessary workshop tools & art supplies in Louisiana & Indiana
• Developing the Rhythm Identity Code (RIC) Generator in Massachusetts
• Generating 500+ RIC Templates (think branding iron + wood cookies) in Massachusetts
• Acquiring drum-building materials (skins, rope, rings) in New York
• Building a factory-finished wood floor for our guild play space (will pick up materials in Nevada)

We have LOTS of crafty people on our team. A few equally important yet smaller tangible facets of our project currently in development include:

• Secure lockboxes handcrafted in Texas
• Organizational pegboards built and painted in Louisiana
• 6x workshop supply caddies/tool boxes being handcrafted in Vermont
• Steampunk gear décor being created & painted in Massachusetts
• A tie dye “pond oasis” being put together in Louisiana
• Acquisition of lighting, rope stanchions, and Renaissance “spindles” (stained & rigged)

Of course there are also several logistical aspects in progress such as:
• Working with Natchez Elementary School to coordinate our Ashiko donation (and possible drum working) after the burn
• Scheduling and teaching 30+ volunteers on playa to help others interact with our space
• Organizing over a DOZEN scheduled events & classes outside of our daily guild activities
• Developing the path(s) for burners to participate in our Guild Space
• Our BMIR radio ad being mixed in Texas

Finally, here are some other cool tidbits!
• Our STICKERS are in! Our BANDANAS are in! PENDANTS are DONE! We’ll be mailing our fundraising THANKYOU packets the week we get back from the burn (mid-Sept). We hope to add a little “lagniappe” to each envelope! (That’s New Orleans-speak for “a little something extra”).
• We’d like to send out a HUGE thank you to Chris Scott in Reno, who’s allowed us to use his space as a storage facility until we arrive. ALL of our vehicles are maxed out for space and his generosity has allowed us to bring several aspects of our project to fruition!

Now, back to work! Thank you again for every ounce of support – we wholeheartedly appreciate every copper cent, every shared link, and every ounce of positivity that you’ve been able to give these last several weeks. We're ready for you!

Much love – IN DUST WE TRUST!

The 2016 Camp ThumpThump Council

Dhani Adomaitis, coordinator & development (LA)
Ron Scudder, engineering & development (CA)
Philip Didlake, play space & development (MA)
Baggy Baggett, drum production (IN)
Karson Kelley, conceptual art & guild design (MO)
Lydia Arbizo, guild art production (CA)
Kelsey Ikeler, guild workshop organization (TX)
Trent Bennett, Leave-no-Trace guru (TX)
Sarah Dierking, caretaker extraordinaire (TX)

& the ENTIRE 2016 CampThumpThump BRC Drum Collective.
Ron working on the gathering drum frame!
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Hi everyone!
We've reached our halfway point, 50% funded!!From our entire team to all of you, THANK YOU!!!

Thank you to everyone who has donated over the past two days: Lydia, Dale, and those who'd prefer to stay anonymous. For those of you who heard about us in the JackRabbit Speaks newsletter, we'd like to give you an extra dusty hug for taking the time to read and click on our links. We know there are a lot of projects out there - thank you for supporting ours! Our team comes from all over the country - we aren't a regional group, but instead we're a collective of artists and drummers that have mostly met each other AT Burning Man. This means we aren't able to do in-person fundraisers as a group, which is why your financial support is so important to us!

In less than 40 days, most of our team packs up and heads to the playa. Your support helps to speed up what we can order and build in advance - it truly makes a difference! Please continue to spread the word and help to keep our momentum up!

With love from "I Tamburisti di FIREnze",
Dhani, Ron, Baggy, Karson, Lydia, Phil, Kelsey, Trent, Sarah, and the entire Camp ThumpThump Collective!
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Hi everyone!! Just a quick update today - we ordered our stickers, and the bandanas are in production! My goal is to have them ready to send out the day we return from the playa (and to add a little lagniappe (extra) in each envelope!) Thank you for supporting our project! In order to build a stage as part of our Guild space in the Man Pavillion, we need to raise another $1000 before the end of August - I think we can do it!
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