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WORLD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Worlds of Percussion

World Percussion Ensemble

„… That was exactly what made this concert so special: The perfect blend of the special musical features of each continent with European music. Walter Lang and Sven Faller laid the foundation of a new dimension of cultural collaboration: Marco Lobo gently infusing heavy Japanese sounds with his drums, Takuya Taniguchi smoothly moving to Njamy Sitson's music …”
The finest percussionists of three continents encounter each other in the WORLD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE. The charismatic master of Japanese Taiko drumming Takuya Taniguchi, the Brazilian magician of percussion Marco Lobo and the enchanted singer and percussionist Njamy Sitson from Cameroon perform alongside European piano master and composer Walter Lang and bass virtuoso Sven Faller. The traditional musical heritage introduced by each percussionist is being carefully and passionately transformed by this unique ensemble into a new style that may rightle be called “One World Music”. The fascination of this unparalleled musical adventure stems from the exciting and colorful performance and highly vibrant music of the WORLD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE.

WORLD PREMIERE AT THE LUDWIGSBURG FESTIVALS 2011
World Percussion Ensemble” with a superb and celebrating performance.
“The WORLD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE led by Walter Lang was rewarded with standing ovations, screams of excitement from the audience during the entire concert at Kronenzentrum. (…) it was clear from the beginning that the audience witnessed a truly memorable event. (…)
Njamy Sitson from Cameroon was the first focus. Dressed in a traditional garb he mesmerized the audience with his falsetto voice immediately. It was not just the individual show of each musician that made this event so special but the way they plunged into music entirely foreign to them, like way Takuya Taniguchi from Japan playfully reacted to an African song.
It must be noted without diminishing any of his fellow musicians that Taniguchi was the audience's darling. Whenever he took action on his drums on the right side of the stage applause flared up. Too fascinating was the way this incredible Taiko master acted with precision and harmony.
Another high point of the concert was a story that Marco Lobo narrated with sounds only. His countless instruments including a plastic bottle brought to life a steamy summer's day full of twittering birds in the morning, the pounding of a locomotive. human chitchat or the mood of sunset. Rarely has percussion music been so creative and poetic at the same time.
What followed after the break was the absolute climax of the evening. Gently, accompanied only by the sound of little bells, Takuya Taniguchi emerged from within the audience. He gave an introduction into the tradition of his country through his song alone. Then he positioned himself in front of his giant Taiko drum and started beating with his hands. When he took his sticks and started pounding faster and faster, the audience was swept away. The spectator's excitement was just as ecstatic as this Japanese drumming spectacle. Walter Lang's piano sounds were the connecting link bringing out the harmony in Taniguchi's composition.
That was exactly what made this concert so special: The perfect blend of the special musical features of each continent with European music. Walter Lang and Sven Faller laid the foundation os a new dimension of cultural collaboration: Marco Lobo gently infusing heavy Japanese sounds with his drums, Takuya Taniguchi smoothly moving to Njamy Sitson's music – an achievement that can only be reached by complete openness to foreign culture.