We recently spent a beautiful, and hot, two weeks in Germany. Fortunately one of our Project Managers, Samantha, was born in Germany so we had some great local insight in our arsenal!
We flew into Frankfurt and toured around meeting a myriad of talented percussionists. A day was spent in Sommerkhal with Claus Hessler, successor of Jim Chapin who popularized the Moeller Method, and then back to our home away from home in Freiburg im Breisgau. We chose Freiburg, a lively university town in the Southeast, as our base of operations because it is also home to Tamburi Mundi.
Tamburi Mundi is an international frame drum festival that brings musicians and craftspeople from all over the world together for a week each year. The festival is the perfect marriage between art and culture. Featuring workshops, lectures, and concerts sure to delight anyone with an interest in the world of percussion. Murat Coskun, founder and director for all of the Festivals 13 years, was a joy to speak with, a wealth of knowledge, and a man of true passion. It was hard not to be tapping your feet or nodding your head at all times, because there was always some kind of rhythm going on, even if it was just in our heads from the last beautiful composition we were privy to.
This year the festival welcomed Artist in Residence, Andrey Tanzu from Russia, along with speakers and performers from all over Europe and the Middle East. Gillian had a full docket of interviews to take care of with artists such as Dave Boyd, Zohar Fresco, Paolo Rossetti Murittu, Rui Silva, Reza Samani, and Matthias Haffner to name a few. Gillian was happy to immerse herself in all that Germany, and the festival had to offer.
Our next adventure will be a quick trip south, to Los Angeles!