Born: August 31, 1942 Primary Instrument: Percussion
Special Musician Bengt Berger was born in 1942. Started playing drums at age 20. Studied tablas and pakhawaj for late Pandith Taranath since 1964. Studied mridangam for late Vindwan P.S. Devarajan since 1968. Has accompanied major Indian musicians. Studied and played Xylophones, Ewe- and Brong-Ahafu- drumming in Ghana for two years in the mid-seventies. Played jazz and improvised music in Arbete & Fritid, Rena Rama, Ett Minne För Livet, Spjärnsvallet, Arkimedes Badkar and worked with Don Cherry for years. Initiator and leader of Bitter Funeral Beer Band, Chapter 7, Old School, Berger-Knutsson-Spering (collectively), BENT and Beche’s Brew Has written music for a number of plays, a movie and has created a visible concert, “Van Huygens’s Principle” where four musicians did a wordless play. Was recently involved in a major research project about words and rythm in theatre. Teaches non-european music. Composer. Founded and runs the Country & Eastern label, specializing in high quality ethnic and contemporary music, archival and newly recorded.
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Special drumming on traps. West african Ewe- Brong-Ahafu and Lo-Dagaa drums and xylophones Indian tabla Indian mridangam