Layne Redmond

Layne Redmond (August 19, 1952 – October 28, 2013) was an American drummer, frame drum expert, writer, teacher, historian, and mythologist.[1]

Layne Redmond
BornAugust 19, 1952
Florida, United States
DiedOctober 28, 2013(2013-10-28) (aged 61)
North Carolina, United States
Occupation(s)Drummer, writer, teacher
InstrumentsFrame drum
Associated actsGlen Velez

Drum maker Remo created a frame drum designed by Redmond as their first Signature Series product.[2]

The February 2000 issue of Drum! listed Redmond as one of the 53 Heavyweight Drummers Who Made A Difference in the 1990s, where she is ranked among such musicians as Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Zakir Hussain, Elvin Jones and Mickey Hart. She is the only woman on this list, and she is the only drummer on the list whose work focuses on the spiritual and healing dimensions of drumming and rhythm. Redmond's path focuses on the hand-held frame drum, the world's oldest known drum. For fifteen years, she researched the history of this drum in religious and healing rites in the ancient Mediterranean world culminating in her 1997 book, When the Drummers Were Women. The book details a lost history of a time when women were the primary percussionists in the ancient world and also explains why they are not today.

All Things Considered on National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Drum!, Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, New Age Journal, Harper's Bazaar, New Age Voice and Shaman's Drum Journal are a few of the media that have featured articles and interviews with Redmond.

In the summer of 2013, Redmond entered a Hospice.[3]


Redmond has been featured in many music festivals including the Touch Festival in Berlin, Seattle Bumbershoot Festival, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, Tambores do Mundo in Sao Luis, Brazil, as a soloist at the World Wide Percussion Festival in Salvador, Brazil. In Feb. 2002 Redmond's percussion duo performed at the Vienna International Percussion Festival and in 2006 her group, Sundarhalahari, performed at the UFBA Percussion Festival in Salvador, Brazil. In the spring of 2007 she presented and performed at the Univ. of Florida's Health and Spirituality Program and at Stanford University. In April she taught and performed at the Marranzano World Festival a traditional tambourine festival in Sicily.


Redmond's recordings include The Wave of Bliss, Invoking the Muse, Trance Union, Since the Beginning and she has two instructional videos: Rhythmic Wisdom and A Sense of Time. Her meditation albums include: Chakra Breathing Meditation, Chanting the Chakras, Heart Chakra Meditations. She also authored a chakra meditation guide titled Chakra Meditation. She was the first woman to have a Signature Series of world percussion instruments with Remo, Inc. She recorded under the Sounds True label.[4]


Redmond was a master clinician and presented at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention, the National Association of Music Therapy and in 1998 she gave the keynote lecture and performance at the Healing Sound Colloquium. Some of the venues she's taught or performed at are Vassar College, William's College, Bucknell College, Hartford Seminary, Andover Newton Theological Institute, Berklee College of Music, Univ. of North Florida, Penn State, S.U.N.Y., The Knitting Factory, Esalen, Omega, Mt. Madonna and Kripalu Yoga Center. Her last presentation was at OM Sanctuary on August 17,2013 for what she called her Buzz Off Bhramari Birthday Party. Nov. 2006, she and Karen Hopenwasser, MD presented, Therapeutic Rhythmic Techniques at the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.


Redmond died October 28, 2013, aged 61.[1]


  • Redmond, Layne (1997). When the Drummers Were Women: a Spiritual History of Rhythm. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-609-80128-4.

Second edition 2018, same title, Echo Point Books & Media, LLC.[5]


  1. Griffin, Wendy (October 29, 2013). "Layne Redmond 1952 – 2013". The Wild Hunt. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. Mattingly, Rick (2013). "In Memoriam: Layne Redmond". Percussive Arts Society. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. Redmond, Layne (May 1, 2013). "4th Annual FRAME DRUM INTENSIVE RETREAT July 10 - 14, 2013". Layne's News. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  4. artist profile at Sounds True website Archived May 7, 2007, at
  5. Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
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