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Royal Hartigan

Primary Instrument: Drums

Royal Hartigan

Royal Hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer who has studied and performed the musics of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas, including indigenous West African drumming, dance, song, and highlife; Turkish bendir frame drum; Japanese taiko drumming; Philippine kulintang gong and drum ensembles; Chinese Beijing, Cantonese, and Kunqu opera percussion; South Indian solkattu rhythms; Korean pungmul drum and gong ensemble; Javanese and Sumatran gamelan; Gaelic bodhran; Native American drumming; Dominican merengue; Brazilian samba; Cambodian sampho drums, Vietnamese clapper percussion, European symphony; and African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz traditions....
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Awards

J. William Fulbright Lecture/Research Award for Ghana, West Africa, October 2014-August 2015. Administered through the U.S. Department of State and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars West African Rhythms for Drumset book and CD selected by peer review as one of the top 25 publications in the history of percussion/drumset studies by Modern Drummer magazine, December 2011 issue UMass Dartmouth Provost’s Travel Grant for Society for Ethnomusicology Conference Presentation, San Francisco, CA, March 2011 UMass Dartmouth Healey Research Grant for the Philippines, April 2010, for June-August 2010 Marion and Jasper Whiting Travel Grant for the Philippines, April 2010, June- August 2010 UMass Dartmouth Travel grant for presentation in San Francisco State University, March 2010 UMass Dartmouth Chancellor’s Colloquium Award, March 2010 Asian Cultural Council Research Grant for the Philippines, 11 June–29 August 2009 J. William Fulbright Lecture/Research Award for the Philippines, 1 October-30 December 2006. Administered through the U.S. Department of State and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars New School University (NY) Dean’s Resident Artist Award, during UMD sabbatical, November 2005 and April 2006 Endorsee, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets Company, Dedham, MA, 2003-present Endorsee, Istanbul Cymbals USA, Chatsworth/Los Angeles, CA, 2007-present Endorsee, Remo Drum Co. Valencia, CA, 2006-present UMass Dartmouth Innovations in Teaching grant for digital technology aspect of book/DVD on African music and culture, summer 2004 UMass Dartmouth Chancellor’s Public Service grant for community workshops in African music, dance, and culture, spring 2004 UMass Dartmouth Provost’s Travel grant for world music workshops and presentations in Beijing, China, spring 2004 UMass Dartmouth Provost’s Travel grant for workshops and presentation in African Music, Oakland, CA, summer 2004 UMass Dartmouth SACHEM grant for visiting artist in African music, dance, and culture, spring 2003 UMass Dartmouth Innovations in Teaching grant for research in Africa, summer 2002 Korean Foundation fellowship for study at the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, summer 2001 UMass Dartmouth Dean’s Discretionary Grant and Healy Grant for research in China, summer 2001 San Jose State University, CA, Grant for research trip to China, summer 1999 San Jose State University Grant for research trips to Ghana, summer 1994-97 Middletown, CT, Commission for the Arts, annually, 1989-1993 National Endowment for the Arts for study with Edward Blackwell, 1986 Pittsfield, MA, Arts Council for concert of world music, 1986 Wesleyan University, CT, Music Department assistantship, 1981-86 University of Massachusetts Amherst Music Department scholarship, 1979-81
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    Blood Drum Spirit

    Innova Recordings
    2010

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Blood Drum Spirit

Innova Recordings (2008)

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”Royal Hartigan's two-disc set Blood Drum Spirit draws its musical inspiration from the percussionist's travels and studies in far-flung places. A native of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, Hartigan integrates elements of the music of Ghana, India, and the Philippines as well as Native Americans into his compositions, using them to express his long-standing interests in multiple time signatures and polymeter. Unlike those who use world music as an exotic flavor, Hartigan integrates these influences deep within the structure of his pieces, which are an expression of a worldview that goes beyond music...

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Primary Instrument:Drums

Location:North Dartmouth, MA

Willing to teach:Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:

As a musician, I know that the best learning comes from doing. In each of my workshops around the world or classes in the Music Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth students clap, sing, dance, or drum as an essential part of our discussion, reading, listening, and viewing. It is not necessary to master each activity, but to experience the sound, movement, and group interaction intensively...

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