Gert Kilian - Percussion Unlimited
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KÂLA ETHNO GROOVE
CD release "Voyages Africains"
GERT KILIAN Balafon, Steelpan, Krin, Composition
RICHARD CALLEJA Saxophones, Clarinette basse, Percussions, Composition
After his solo tour in Australia and New Zealand in 2011, Gert was invited for a concert tour in New Zealand by the group PANDEMONIUM from Christchurch.
"I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to Gert for his inspirational balafon session with students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Gert is a wonderful musician and inspirational teacher."
"The Christchurch workshop with Gert Kilian was an afternoon with excellent balance between education (musical and historical) and entertainment. We learnt poly-motions, poly-rhythms and many (poly) ideas for pentatonic performance ideas. Highly recommended!"
Brett Painter, Principal Percussion - Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
"Gert Kilian animated a series of interactive workshops at the Alliance Française de Sydney for three different schools. This was a magical experience for the students, whose inhibitions gave way to the hypnotic melodies of the balafon. These workshops privilege students’ own participation, before long they are creating music with their voices and hands, in tandem with the sounds of the balafon. Thank you Gert for your energy and enthusiasm, and for enabling students to develop their appreciation of this marvelous instrument! "
Alliance Française - Sydney
balafon-workshop in Africa from 28 déc. 2008 – 12 jan. 2009
We came from Germany, France and Switzerland and we met for the first time at the Paris airport. Our destination was Konsankuy, a village in the south-east of Mali in West Africa. Here, in the heart of the savannah, in the middle of the Bobo country, took place the workshop organized by Gert Kilian.
Aly Keita, the famous balafon master, grew up in Konsankuy and that is where the film for the DVD “The Balafon with Aly Keita & Gert Kilian” was shot.
We play in the shade of the mango tree and we really enjoy ourselves and have a lot of fun! We work for about six to seven hours a day for ten days and learn seven traditional pieces of the Bobo, Bambara and Senoufo with, in all, thirty patterns, melodies and “chauffés”.
Meantimes, Fatoumata and Fanta serve delicious meals of authentic African cuisine. Pretty soon we become members of the big family in the Keitas’ court. We feel delighted by the hospitality and friendliness of the people and the natural behavior of the children.
Together with Kassoum’s group SUPER ZAMAZA we go to Fangasso to attend an overwhelming feast with music, dance and dolo, the millet beer. There is a day off in the middle of the workshop, so we visit the old town of Djenné with its magnificent mosque. We eat fresh “capitaine”, fish from the Niger and then we go for a pirogue trip on the rivrer.
But we are already looking forward to getting back to the balafon music, longing for its glowing energy and its magic groove, digging its power in the weaving of the different counterpoints, making the soul dance!
On the last day we have a “recording session”. We play and film the whole repertoire, and we are very satisfied with the result of the workshop (extracts on YOUTUBE below).
Then we have to say Good bye. But we don’t go with empty hearts nor empty ears! The music is still lingering inside us and we are looking forward to sharing it with others.