FRIDAY | 16.01.2015

SATURDAY | 17.01.2015

SUNDAY | 18.01.2015

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Festival Pass
30,- / 20,- €
*valid for entry to all events for the entire duration of the festival

Single Day Pass
15,- / 10,- / 5,- € (mit Berlin-Pass)
*valid for entry to all events on one day of the festival (with exception to WorldWideMusic, Drum Circle & Cuba Ball)

WorldWideMusic Ticket
15,- / 10,- /5,- € (mit Berlin-Pass)
*valid for WorldWideMusic presents Marcel van Cleef

Drum Circle
10,- / 5,- €

Cuba Ball
5,- €



from Samba to Afoxé to Maracatu

FRIDAY | 16.01.2015 | 6:30PM | MUSICAL MARCH from Herrmannplatz to the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN


Berlin's Samba band extraordinaire, Furiosa has been playing stages and streets both nationally and internationally for twenty years. Their repertoire consists of Brazilian classics in the rhythms of Samba, Afoxé, Samba-Reggae and Maracatu, as well as their own compositions. Ever heard of Samba in 3/4 time? By incorporating elements from a variety music genres, Band Leader Dada makes space for a dynamic, vibrant Samba of Berlin. Currently, the international group of musicians represent five different nations - Peru, Brazil, Chile, Greece and Germany!

With their vibrant grooves and joyful energy, FURIOSA will be kicking off the 1st GLOBAL DRUMS FESTIVAL parade-style - beginning at Hermmanplatz in Berlin-Neukölln, leading us along the Wissmannstraße to the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

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Ravi Srinivasan

Acoustic Asian World Fusion

FRIDAY | 16.01.2015 | 7:30PM | Saal


Ravi Srinivasan (Tabla, ghatam, vocals, whistling, percussion, electronics and composition) was born in 1965 in Singapore. His family encouraged his early musical talent and he studied classical violin. Later he came into contact with jazz and world-music and began learning the classical hand-drum of India, the tabla, with the legendary master-drummer Pandit Kamalesh Maitra in Berlin. Srinivasan's wide-ranging musical abilities and effortless virtuosity have earned him many fans and ensure that he is constantly in demand as a soloist and accompanist. As a prize-winning percussionist he has performed at festivals worldwide, from Malaysia and India via Europe and Russia to USA and Greenland. He has composed music for films, theatre and dance (traditional Kathak as well as modern and fusion) and written songs for his various bands and ensembles.

Srinivasan is co-founder of the world-music trio Indigo Masala, which won the creole Global Music Contest prize in 2006 and plays with the Music Ensemble of Benares, Abrasaz, the Ioanna Srinivasan Dance Company, The Hypno Theatre, Dotschy Reinhardt Quartett, the Joachim Gies Trio and countless singers and instrumentalists of classical Indian music. Srinivasan is the music director at the Academy of Kathak Dance in Berlin, Germany.


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Traditionelle koreanische Percussions- & Performance-Kunst

FRIDAY | 16.01.2015 | 8:00PM | Saal


DoodulSori is the only percussion and dance ensemble for traditional Korean performance art in all of Europe. The group specializes in Samul Nori - a modernized version of traditional Korean percussion music played using metal gongs and hourglass drums.

Samul Nori has roots in folk and farming music, shamanism, Buddhism and in early Korean military music. For thousands of years, those rhythms were passed down from generation to generation orally. During Japanese occupation and the Korean War these traditions had nearly disappeared; until the 1970s, when a group of artists came together to not only recall these lost sounds, but reorganize, modify and develop them for the modern stage. The resulting performance form became known as Samul Nori, which can be translated as 'the playing of four objects':

  • Janggu - a two-sided hourglass-shaped drum which leads the rhythm
  • Kkwaenggwari - a small gong which guides the melodic structure and dynamics
  • Buk - a barrel drum which plays the basic pulse
  • Jing - a larger gong which through its long resonation unites all four instruments together in harmony

Performers: Bo-Sung Kim, Halym Kim, Hyo-Jin Shin und Myunghyun Park

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Aly KEïta

Balafon Groove

FRIDAY | 16.01.2015 | 8:30PM | Saal


Aly Keïta was born in 1969 in Mali. His Malinké parents come from a long line of Griots. He studied the traditional pentatonic balafon under Zouratié Coulibaly in Mali. From 1986 onwards, he learned to play jazz with the musician Georges Makinto and built his own diatonic balafon, giving him access to new repertoires. His jazz playing experience gave him the opportunity to produce his own music successfully in Africa, Europe and the USA. Then he adapted the balafon for other musical languages, which led him to take part in international meetings.

He played with such prestigious musicians as Pharoah Sanders, Joe Zaniwul, Rhoda Scott and Camel Zekri. The Centre de Formation et de Promotion Musicales de Niamey in Niger asked him to run workshops to teach traditional and modern music between 1989 and 1995. He then started teaching the balafon at the National Superior Institute of Arts and Cultural Affairs (INSAAC) in Abidjan. He recorded disks with Georges Makinto (1992), groups like Béta Foly (1996), African Project (1998), and Hans Lüdemann/Trio Ivoire, and recorded for albums by Paco Séry and Manu Solo.


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Marcel van Cleef

Elemental Sounds of the Hang

FRIDAY | 16.01.2015 | 9:00PM | Club


WorldWideMusic presents

Marcel van Cleef is an exceptional drummer: captured by a vision of music beyond rituals and dogmas. With a radical sensitiveness and profound sensuality he takes us in a boundless world of music. With an overwhelming playing technique he fathoms the depths of sounds to create on his fascinating hybrid-percussion-drum-set a magic of a multitrack-groove-cosmos.

'Stilte - The Hang Album'

The Hang solo album 'Stilte' is dedicated to those who yearn for silence. The Dutch sound artist, percussionist and drummer Marcel van Cleef concentrates on the amazing, deep, elemental and warm sounds of the Hang. On four differently pitched Hangs he creates a fascinating ambience of inner tranquility and serenity. A trip to Sweden last summer inspired him to record this new album. It was the beauty of the nature, the sublime wilderness and particularly the quiet, which impressed him strongly. With the raw deep energetic tones of the Hang and pure musicality he captured the intensity of silence.

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Drum Circle

WORKSHOP with Alfred Mehnert and Katrina Martínez Marrupe:
for Advanced Musicians

SATURDAY | 17.01.2015 | 4:00PM | Saal

The Drum Circle concept originates in the USA. With the drum circle, participants form a collective and develop a groove together under the direction of Alfred Mehnert and Katrina Martínez Marrupe.

This workshop is for Advanced musicians. A supply of instruments will be available on location. Participants are welcome, however, to bring their own instruments.


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Taiko Saito


SATURDAY | 17.01.2015 | 7:00PM | Saal



Incorporating rhythms from Middle and South American musical styles as well as music from her native Japan, multi-instrumentalist Taiko Saito forms new soundscapes within Jazz and improvisation.

Saito was born in Sapporo. She took lessons with marimba-virtuoso Keiko Abe and studied classical marimba and percussion at the Toho School of Music.

In 1997 she began to improvise and to write music, which led her to move to Berlin, where she studied vibraphone and composition with Prof. David Friedman at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

Among her first awards are prizes of the World Marimba Competition 1996 in Stuttgart and the NTT-Docomo Awards 1998. At the Jazz & Blues Award Berlin 2002 she was awarded first price as well as the audience prize. Later she won the First Prize at the 3eme Concours International de VIbraphone Claude Giot 2005 in France, and the Special Talent Award at the Universal Marimba Competition 2007 in Belgium. In 2010, she got the Studio Prize from Berliner Senats.


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Diego Piñera

Pop, Modern Jazz & Improvisation from Middle and South America

SATURDAY | 17.01.2015 | 7:30PM | Saal

   Diego Piñera was born in Montevideo (Uruguay). He moved to Germany in 2003, where he now still resides.

After his time in Cuba, Piñera got hired for one year in a salsa orchestra in Seattle, called Orquesta Cambalache featuring Melcochita on vocals. Back in Uruguay he formed his own trio “Diego Pinera trio” and recorded the CD “Buscando” on the Perro Andaluz label.

Piñera studied drums at the Berklee College of Music (USA), at the University of Music in Havanna (Cuba) and at the University of Music and Theater in Leipzig (Germany). As a sideman he has played with musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Danilo Perez, Hans Glawischnig, Dan Tepfer, Alex Sipiagin, Miguel Zenon, Wilson de Oliveira, Tony Lakatos, Nene Vazquez, Joe Gallardo, Katja Riemann, Nils Wogram, Leon Gurvitch and Paul Brody. With his Quartett (with Peter Ehwald, Tino Derado and Phil Donkin) he presents in his compositions a new and unusual approach to Latin Jazz. Sometimes he brings his music closer to Pop and Modern Jazz styles rather than sticking to traditional Latin Jazz styles, often concentrating on the original, rich rhythmic aspects of his improvisational approach. Nonetheless, his way of playing is deeply ankered in the traditional music of Latin America.


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David Kuckhermann & Naghmeh Farahmand

Percussion with Farahmand and Kuckhermann

SATURDAY | 17.01.2015 | 8:00PM | Saal


After studying with teachers such as Glen Velez, Behnam Samani, Ramesh Shotham and Ustad Fayaz Khan, David Kuckhermann created his personal style, incorporating techniques and rhythms from the handdrumming traditions of Iran, India, Egypt, Europe, Turkey and Africa.

As advisor, teacher and performer, David is Part of the North American Frame Drum Association and Tamburi Mundi e.V., two organisations that organize frame drum festivals all over the world.

In 2011 David discovered the Hang and the instrument family of handpans. They broaden his instrument range and add melodic and harmonic options to his repertoire.


The daughter of a leading master percussionist Mahmoud Farahmand, Naghmeh Farahmand has performed with many well-known ensembles in Iran and festivals around the world, Europe, Asia and North America while collaborating with Iranian TV for more than a decade.

In 2010, she moved to Canada and released her solo percussion CD Unbound while collaborating with top performers of world music.

She has had vast experience teaching at different institutes of music and has also conducted workshops throughout the world. She is also skillfl in other world percussion such as darbuka, djembe, udu, cajon, drums and is the founder of Sharghi percussion ensemble.


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Nago Koité & SAF SAP

West African Percussion and Dance with legendary Griots

SATURDAY | 17.01.2015 | 9:15PM | Saal


The musicians of the group N'Guewel Saf Sap - meaning 'The Griot with Great Zest for Life' in Wolof - are a family. They are brothers from the legendary Griot families Koité und Kouaté.

The repertoire of N'Guewel Saf Sap consists of a variety of Senegalese rhythms played on the saber, saorouba, tama and bougarabou. The countries Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso are also represented by the djembé. The individual pieces come from Wolof, Malinke, Sérères (dioudiougnes rhythms) and Baye Fall (khin rhythms) traditions, as well as from the Voodoo practicing ethnic groups of Senegal (deup rhythms).

Nago Koité has been living and working in Germany since 1985. Driven by faith, enthusiasm and sympathy for his fellow man, Koité draws upon a large educational, artistic and human experience. As a dance instructor, Koité takes his students along on a discovery journey of rhythm and beat - life's driving force - to the source of their vital energy and joy of life.



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Cuba Ball

PARTY: No Laptop, No Vinyl, Just Percussion

SATURDAY | 17.01.2015 | 10:00PM | Club

Saturday night is Groove Night: MC Pichy, the most experienced Cuban drummer in town, will be guiding the evening under the motto 'The Natural DJ'.

So put on your Dancing Shoes and see you in the Club of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN!


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Drum Circle

WORKSHOP with Alfred Mehnert and Katrina Martínez Marrupe:
from 4 to 104 Years

SUNDAY | 18.01.2015 | 2:00PM | Saal

The Drum Circle concept originates in the USA. With the drum circle, participants form a collective and develop a groove together under the direction of Alfred Mehnert and Katrina Martínez Marrupe.

This workshop is for families and beginners alike. A supply of instruments will be available on location. Participants are welcome, however, to bring their own instruments.


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Parana Bomfim

Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Percussion

SUNDAY | 18.01.2015 | 17.00h


The Brazilian musician and composer Parana Bomfim is one of the most important representatives of contemporary Afro-Brazilian percussion.

Parana Bomfim is the alabê, head musician, of the Candomblé house Ilè Asé Yemonjá Orukóre Ògún in São Paulo. In the 1980s, he was recorded multiple Candomblé and Umbanda records which are considered some of the best of these genres. He has researched traditional and popular music of Brazil, studied classical music at the Fundação das Artes de São Caetano do Sul in São Paulo and incorporated elements of Jazz into the Brazilian musical context, as well as his drumming and his playing of the berimbau and various percussion instruments.


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Jazz, Tabla and World Music

SUNDAY | 18.01.2015 | 17.45h


Bodek Janke was born into a Polish-Russian family of musicians and began playing music at an early age.

At the Badisches Konservatorium Karlsruhe, Germany he, received his classical percussion and music theory education. In his teenage years, Bodek was already an internationally acclaimed touring and recording marimbaphone virtuoso. From 1998 to 2004 he studied jazz-drums and jazz-composition at the Academy of Music of Cologne and graduated 'with distinction'. He completed his studies in 2007 with a 'Master of Arts and Music Performance' - diploma from the City College of New York.

Since 2010, Bodek Janke has been working regularly with the WDR, NDR and HR Radio Bigbands (as a drummer and percussionist). Internationally, he has been working with the US jazz violinist Jeremy Kittel (Turtle Island String Quartet), the Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman (Ari Hoenig Quartet), the Parisian harmonica player Olivier Ker Ourio and the Moscow State Jazz Orchestra, just to name a few.



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TAMAM_percussions presents: PARZiVAL & RiTUAL

SUNDAY | 18.01.2015 | 7:30PM | Saal


Why do they say there are no rituals in Europe? That people are not open to repeating energies, the inner-groove of an occurrence?

TAMAM seeks to whirl everything together until not even the musicians are aware of how they have come to what they are playing. It doesn't matter where it comes from! What's interesting is where the sound brings us - musicians and audience - together. TAMAM ME? EIN VERSTANDEN?, EN-TENDIDO?, DO YOU AGREE?

Line Up:

  • Hogir Göregen (Kurdistan)
  • Johannes Alfred Mehnert (Germany)
  • Katrina Martínez Marrupe (Cuba)

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Global Drums Composers Session

Select Musicians on One Stage: Percussion Jam with Alfred Mehnert

Sunday | 18.01.2015 | 8:00PM | Saal

In the Global Drums Composer Session, under the direction of Alfred Mehnert, musicians from the festival come together on one stage to improvise and jam.

Join us!

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