Dachau – drum roll in the silent night – Dachau

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The double drums find the rhythm everywhere – even on cheese graters and garbage cans. The audience is thrilled

After the appearance of the “Double Drums” in the Ludwig-Thoma-Haus, it could well be that this year in the Dachau families not only flute and guitar are played under the Christmas tree, but also drums. Drums and Christmas – that may sound a bit inappropriate, but the two musicians Alexander Glöggler and Philip Jungk prove that this combination can be perfectly coherent. Under the motto “Groovin´Christmas – the X-mas Percussion Show”, the two Munich guys let their wooden sticks fly over the silvery glittering drums, so that the audience can hear a completely different version of “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night”.

The stage on their show is filled with instruments from all over the world: the drums, of course, a huge marimba on the left and a vibraphone on the right. African drums, a gong, bells and xylophone also find space on the stage. In addition to a great deal of musical understanding and tact, the pieces therefore also require a well-developed choreography by the two musicians: they jump from one instrument to the next and back again without missing a single use. It's hard to believe that only two musicians act on the stage and not an entire orchestra.

But the duo also proves that it can be done without instruments: only through pantomime can the two drums play in the air, hit every note and after a few hits you suddenly see the non-existent instruments on the stage in front of you. In addition, they manage to produce wonderful tones with the most impossible utensils, sound melodies from aluminum ladders, lovely tones from a cheese grater, muffled rhythms from a garbage can, as you know them from the street. Not only do the numerous young drummers and drummers get musical inspiration from the audience, but also chefs, craftsmen and garbage collectors. Because who would have thought that a ladder could sound like a scale?

You get lost in the stirring melodies of the percussion duo, sounds come and go, complement each other, blur, flow away. The drummers call it “a journey through the world of rhythm” and don't promise too much. Christmas items from Asia, Africa and South America are part of her program, as is a sleigh ride through Mongolia. With a so-called loop station, the two of them partially record themselves, stack different sounds on top of each other and thereby create a musical background. They experiment with music and even if one were initially skeptical about a violin bow that is guided over the vibraphone, one quickly realizes that it simply fits. But when Glöggler and Jungk reach for their drum sticks again, you realize that that's their element.

The two trained drummers chase the wooden sticks over the instrument at an incredible speed that makes you dizzy. So reindeer Rudolf and Santa Claus play a duel on the drums, whereby the wooden sticks are used to fight. The Christmas version of the rocky version of the “Zuckerfee” may not appear, but the mood definitely does. The two percussionists let off steam, the walls of the hall shake. And even non-connoisseurs of the drums recognize that there is a lot of technology behind the loud appearance.

How difficult it is to keep the rhythm can be felt by the audience in a hands-on activity in which you should clap simple-sounding rhythms. But after a few laps, most give up. Maybe then try it again on Christmas Eve under the Christmas tree, with a baking sheet and whisk like the “Double Drums”. Or maybe with a drum kit. Hopefully the candles on the tree were then particularly firmly clamped to the branches.

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