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Herman Kathan Returns to North Texas


June 30, 2012 ---10:00am-6:00pm

July 1, 2012 ---12:30pm-7:30pm


We are proud to announce Herman Kathan’s 11th visit to the US. His knowledge and unique teaching style has made him one of the highly recognized teachers and musicians of Malinke music in Europe.

Herman has extensive experience in West African, Brazillian and other world percussion cultures. His insights into the origins of rhythm and their place in today’s world will broaden your horizons and expand your grasp of how rhythms work.

His world percussion ensemble “Busch-Werk” tours regularly in Europe with renowned musicians such as Famoudou Konate, Nippy Noya, Jonas Hellborg, Baba Sissoko.

Check this link for Herman playing with Famoudou Konate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Dwvod-hwo&feature=player_detailpage


In 2012, Herman will be teaching workshops in Texas, Arizona and, Oregon.
Herman will spend two days in the Dallas area teaching workshops on June 30-July 1.

Workshop Schedule:



Old Settler’s Park & Recreation Center
1201 E. Louisiana
McKinney, Texas 75069

June 30,2012 10:00am-6:00pm
July 1, 2012 12:30pm-7:30pm

Contact Randy Harp for more info:

214-641-0782 or harpandsonswood@yahoo.com


Workshop Fees:

Saturday June 30th - $55

Sunday July 1st - $55

Both Workshops (13 hrs) – only $100


As a musician, composer and teacher, Herman Kathan focuses on percussive traditions from West Africa, South and Central America and Asia. In the 30 years of his musical career, his own personal style and approach to percussive music has developed based on these traditions. For him music means experiencing inner and outer structures, on the part of the audience as well as the musician, him or herself.
Kathan has engaged in intense study of West African Mandinke music as well as Brazilian cult and popular music. Apart from a large number of percussion instruments, his main instruments are the djembé, the berimbao, atabaques and bass drums. In addition to detailed musical knowledge, Herman Kathan can impart insights into the mental and philosophical structures of this music.
His well-founded knowledge of the music, of the Mandinke peoples and its structures was acquired by Kathan during various visits to many West African countries. He owes his rich knowledge of musical traditions to his own studies as well as to outstanding djembé performers such as Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konaté and Soungalo Coulibaly. He has performed concerts and gone on tour with all three.
He owes his repertoire of Brazilian music primarily to Dudu Tucci. His focus has been on the cultic tradition, the Candomblé. This music continues to possess strong African roots.
The berimbao, a rhythm instrument with only one string, is one of his favorites. It is reported to be one of the oldest kinds of instruments in the world. Thus the musical influences are quite diverse.
As a musician he has founded and directs various ensembles. With his celebrated band "Busch-Werk" he goes on tour regularly with some of the most acclaimed and respected percussionists from Africa and Europe, the most eminent ones being Nippy Noya, Famoudou Konaté and Soungalo Coulibaly.In addition to concertizing as a soloist and in jazz ensembles as well as in large ensembles, Herman Kathan collaborates with performance artists and artistes in his stilt ensemble called "Tympana".



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