Framedrums

About David

Bio:

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

Among others he worked with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Dead Can Dance, Levent Yildirim, the medieval music ensemble Cordatum, Ahmad Al-Khatib, Taner Akyol, the Pera Ensemble, Riadh Feri, the Sicily Philarmonic Orchestra, Raquy and the Cavemen, Cristina Braga, Bassam Sabam, Mishra and Susan and Martin Weinert. David has performed and tought masterclasses in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Italy, Palestine, Tunisia, Brazil, Chile, France, Poland, Estonia, Ireland and the USA.

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.

When David is not touring or teaching Masterclasses, he works on his constantly growing series of instructional DVDs on hand- and fingerdrumming.

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. In 2012 he released his first Solo CD “The Path of the Metal Turtle” with music for Hang and Handpans.

In 2012, David was invited to join Dead Can Dance on a world tour as soloist and band member.

Some of his teachers where Ustad Fayaz khan and Ted de Jong (indian tabla), Glen Velez (frame drums), Siavach Yazdanifar (tonbak, daf), Ramesh Shotham (south indian percussion), Nils Fischer (latin percussion), Martin Drewer (brasilian percussion) and Wouter Swets (balkan rhythms).

 

 

Hello,
About David

my name is David Kuckhermann. Welcome to my website. You can find lots of free tutorials and videos, and information about frame drums, cajon, Udu, Hang and other hand percussion, my different projects, my label and series of instructional DVDs. Make sure to check out the frame drum video podcast which features amazing percussionists from all over the world who share their music. I hope you have a good time here.
Peace,
David

DVD Testimonials

for David's DVDs on Frame Drums, Riq and Cajon

"The best instructional video I have ever seen" - Haruhi Taniguchi

“…fantastically put together and a must for anyone starting out on the frame drum. The slow motion clips are perfect for people to analyse the techniques and get the correct technique happening.” – Pete Lockett

“I’m stunned! The quality of the teaching and the product is just amazing.” – Paul Marshall

“This is in my opinion the most complete work around this unique and magic tambourine for intermediate and advanced players” – Andrea Piccioni

"In short, a modern approach to a traditional Middle Eastern instrument. Absolutely fantastic, inspiring and recommended!" - Fabian Feld