A Portrait: Christine Stevens, MT
An Interview with Annalena Horl
Christine, when did music interest you and when did you start drumming?
First of all, I thought I had no sense of rhythm at all. I almost failed the percussion class at college. But then a drum circle changed my life. I learned to play congas and improvise freely.
How would you describe your personal philosophy regarding drums and their magic?
For me, drums are a portal to musical expression. Their simple handling, their spiritual depth and historical significance, as well as scientifically proven evidence of their healing effects, make them an instrument of transformation, healing, prayer and fun.
When did you get to know the Kalimba Sansula?
That was during a national conference for music therapists. I tried them out and bought two of them.
How do you use the Sansula and what are the possibilities of using the instrument? What effect does the Sansula have on your students and listeners?
I use the Sansula in my healing drum groups, in which we practice the healing rhythm with every participant. These can be seniors, cancer patients or even companies. The sound of the Sansula is always calming and mystical.