“Healthy minds may depend crucially on rhythm” said Dr. Oliver Sacks, MD.

A prolific contributor to science and neurology, one of his award-winning books, Musicophilia, supports the Drum Cafe idea that responsiveness to music and rhythm is intrinsic to our makeup as human beings.

Dr. Sacks says rhythm is basic and fundamental to the human experience. He speaks about the exclusive ability of our species to be spontaneously rhythmic, and to pass rhythm to each other. It would seem that we are hardwired to groove together.

In Musicophilia, Sacks says “Rhythm and it’s entrainment of movement – and often emotion, it’s power to move people, in both senses of the word, may well have had a crucial cultural and economic function in human evolution, bringing people together, producing a sense of collectivity and community”.

Drum Cafe’s interactive rhythm experience is used in this vein as a business tool to affect change and build culture in the business community. Our facilitated, group-drumming experience creates an environment where the unique human propensity to pass rhythm back and forth becomes both method and metaphor for focus, cohesion and teamwork.

“Just as rapid neuronal oscillations bind together different functional parts within the brain and nervous system, so rhythm binds together the individual nervous systems of a human community” Musicophilia

We at Drum Cafe thank Oliver Sacks for his luminous contributions to the study of music and the brain as we continue to transform companies into communities through this binding power of rhythm.

Watch a clip – Dr. Sacks on rhythm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHb_aqP4JgY and be inspired.