THE POWER OF RHYTHM
A Podcast by Reinhard Flatischler
Join Viennese composer and percussionist Reinhard Flatischler for an eye-opening listening experience.
Through inspiring interviews with world-renowned artists, leaders, teachers, high- class performers and scientists, this podcast goes beyond music and explores rhythm from different angles: percussion, drumming, singing, chronobiology, spirituality, modern digitization and health. It will give you new perspectives of how to improve your creativity, your health and your resilience and getting into the flow of life.
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Reinhard studied with tabla masters in India, played in samba schools at the carnival in Brazil and explored monastic drum rites and shamanic drumming in Korea.
In his book he tells anecdotes from his journeys and what motivated him to explore the effects of rhythm.
EPISODE #51: EVELYN GLENNIE – LISTENING BY HEART
Listening is so much broader than just music. But maybe music is a perfect way to learn that ability (Especially the way my today’s guest listens). Evelyn Glennie is a multiple Grammy award winner, she is a Ted Talk speaker and she has been given more than 100 awards internationally. But this is just the icing on the cake. The real thing is that she lost her hearing when she was about eight, and instead of quitting music, she embarked on a career that brings a new paradigm of listening to the world.
EPISODE #50: BRUCE LIPTON – BE CONSCIOUS AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Dr. Bruce Lipton has revolutionized biology. He has come up with the idea that your own beliefs can change the way your DNA acts in your life. He has debunked the central dogma that wants you to believe that you are a slave to your genes, which you of course are not. Bruce is a biologist and a best-selling author of many books. For me, Bruce is a liberator because he has empowered countless people around the globe to become masters of their own lives. Join us and discover how to change your vibration towards the life you want.
EPISODE #49: ALEKSANDRA ŠUKLAR – HOW TO UNLOCK YOUR TRUE MUSICAL POTENTIAL
Aleksandra Šuklar plays in high-performance music events like The World of Hans Zimmer. But you don’t make it to that level just by practicing a lot.
So, how did she build her mindset to get to this really high-performance realm of music she is playing today in?
EPISODE #48: BERNHARD SCHIMPELSBERGER – INDIAN RHYTHMS ON WESTERN DRUMS
Driven by curiosity and the passion to share, Bernhard travels the world collaborating with musicians across all genres.
In this episode we talk about how to transfer Indian rhythms onto western drums, his experience being a student of great tabla master Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, how to start learning completely new rhythm concepts, and much more.
EPISODE #47: HANG MASSIVE – THE ATTRACTIVE POWER OF SIMPLICITY
With stunning sounds and hypnotic rhythms, they move thousands of people around the world. But for them, it is not just about playing handpans and making people dance. With their art, they make it clear that it is about cultivating a whole relationship, supported by the practice of meditation, and being open to engaging in what life is.
Meet Hang Massive. Meet Danny Cudd and Markus Offbeat.
EPISODE #46: KODO – THE LEGENDARY JAPANESE TAIKO GROUP
In this episode, I discuss with young composer and Kodo performer Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga about the strict 2-year apprenticeship training -away from civilization- to become a Kodo member, how they rehearse new compositions, how they reach such a group precision and resonance, the deep spiritual meaning of playing Taiko drums and much more. Join us in this journey to traditional rituals and contemporary thoughts about ancient instruments.
EPISODE #45: MICHAEL DE MIRANDA – PIONEERING ONLINE PERCUSSION
In this episode, I discuss with Michael de Miranda about some similarities and differences of the rhythmic traditions of Brazil, Cuba and Africa, the balance between following tradition and creating your own combinations and how he built one of the first huge online percussion platforms starting unintentionally with a completely unknown Cuban rhythm.
EPISODE #44: PEPE DANZA – THE GOLDEN KEY INTO VERTICAL TIME
In this episode, I discuss with Pepe Danza about how to get the groovy thing out of discipline, the keys in the practice of any musical instrument for the sound to pass through us without resistance and the big chance we have to attain vertical time through music.
EPISODE #43: MICHAEL SPIRO – FROM SANTANA TO THE HEART OF CUBA
In this episode, I discuss with Michael Spiro about the roots of Rumba, the role of drums in spiritual traditions such as Cuban Santería, the path he traveled to become first a conga player and then a priest in the Santería tradition, and the fascinating stories behind the formation of emblematic groups like Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Afro-Cuba de Matanzas.
EPISODE #42: ESTAS TONNE – ENTERING THE TEMPLE WITH NO WALLS
Presence is participation in life. And music is the wave to bring you there. Estas connects it all. The gap between the notes. Accessing the silence and the raging groove that can’t be stopped. The deep passion and the contemplation.
We talk about how his music unfolds, how challenges can help us grow, the dance between improvisation and composition, the space in music and in life, and much more.
SPECIAL EPISODE : HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST 40 EPISODES
Six months ago I started my podcast not knowing all the gifts and blessings it would bring to my professional and personal life. Every talk, reflection and shared music has been an inspiration to continue expanding the power of rhythm to more and more people.
Here are some of the Highlights of the first 40 episodes. Enjoy!
EPISODE #41: GUSTAVO GITTI – RHYTHM, STABILITY AND COMPASSION
A short and powerful talk with Gustavo Gitti, certified TaKeTiNa Rhythm Teacher and leader of the online meditation community “O Lugar.”
How can we find stability and orientation in the confusing and wild situation of the world today? How can rhythm, meditation and being of benefit to others strengthen this stability and awaken our wisdom and compassion?
EPISODE #40: GREG ELLIS – STEPPING OUT OF THE CLICK
In this episode I explore with my guest Greg Ellis the lost languages of rhythm in modern society and the impact of digital culture on music, as he shows it on his documentary The Click.
Greg is the rhythm power in films like Matrix Reloaded, Argo, Dragonfly, Iron Man and many more.
EPISODE #39: DAVID KUCKHERMANN – FINDING AN AUTHENTIC WAY OF DRUMMING
Get inspired by David, a versatile and creative percussion player who had the courage to craft his own style out of the many traditions he learned including Egypt, Europe, India, Turkey and Africa. David is a grammy nominee and a world-renowned handpan player. In this episode we talk about his musical compositions with handpan and world drums, the history of the hang created by PanArt, being fluent playing odd cycle rhythms and his online music school.
EPISODE #38: GIOVANNI HIDALGO, THE CONGA LEGEND
In this episode I talk with conga legend Giovanni Hidalgo about the feeling of groove, the mindset for training percussion, how the pioneering conga players like Candido and Tata Güines tuned their congas, Giovanni’s musical and life stories, the healing power of rhythm, the revival of MegaDrums and much more. Giovanni even gave us an amazing live conga solo!
EPISODE #37: ARASH ZANGANEH, THE PERSIAN DAF MASTER, WHO BRIDGES TRADITION AND WORLD MUSIC
Daf is a unique drum with a very special sound and Arash Zanganeh is one of the great masters of this drum, who uses it also in the traditional context and in world music. He is composer and percussionist in Brisbane. If you want to know more about the art of Daf drumming and its ancient roots, this episode is for you. Listen to this fascinating world music style and get a taste of the old tradition.
EPISODE #36: RAFAEL REINA: SOUTH INDIAN RHYTHMS FOR WESTERN MUSIC
This episode is a very interesting journey through unusual rhythmic landscapes. Rafael Reina studied extensively the theory of South Indian Karnatic music and with this knowledge he developed the program “Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques”, which he teaches at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He also composed three operas which have an intriguing rhythmic blueprint – contemporary music with the sensuality and driving power of rhythm.
EPISODE #35: SHAMANS OF THE NEW WORLD WITH YA’ACOV DARLING KHAN
This episode explores shamanism in modern times. Ya’acov Darling Khan reveals that shamans are not just ancient healers from the past. His message is: Shamanism, and a shift from society’s focus on acquisition to reciprocity, is a key to restoring our universal connection and solving our interpersonal and world issues. Ya’acov sees shamanism as a path to reawaken a sense of the magic, potential and splendour of creation.
EPISODE #34: EINHEIT, POLARITÄT UND RESONANZ – IM GESPRÄCH MIT RÜDIGER DAHLKE
Was sind die Spielregeln des Lebens und wie können uns diese Orientierung im Leben geben?
In dieser deutschsprachigen Episode spreche ich mit dem Arzt, Psychotherapeuten, Autor und Seminarleiter, der mit seiner Arbeit Millionen von Menschen erreicht – Rüdiger Dahlke.
Seine Themen und Buchtitel „Krankheit als Chance“, „Angstfrei leben“ „Das Alter als Geschenk“ oder „Medizin und Menschlichkeit“ sind aktueller denn je. Wir beleuchten diese Themen in Bezug auf Rhythmus und Gesundheit, aber auch deren Rolle in der aktuellen Situation.
EPISODE #33: LOIRE COTLER – THE VOICE OF RHYTHM
In this episode I talk with rhythm vocalist Loire Cotler, who’s mission is to show the world the power of the voice as a rhythm instrument, and its super-human capacity to deliver to unimaginable. We talked about the amazing tunes of her album „18 wings“, her collaboration with Academy Award winning film composer Hans Zimmer, the Konnakol – South Indian music vocal percussion – and her life and musical stories with Glen Velez.
EPISODE #32: MARLA LEIGH – THE SACRED FRAME DRUMMING OF WOMEN
Marla Leigh’s music contains the magic of long additive cycles – mysterious, yet easy to follow when you move with them. This episode celebrates the wisdom of female drumming.
Marla continues the work of Layne Redmond and takes it to a whole new level. Her featured composition „Rhythms of Tof Miriam” goes back to the Exodus of the old testament.
EPISODE #31: GLEN VELEZ – FOUNDING FATHER OF THE MODERN FRAME DRUM MOVEMENT
Four time Grammy Award winner and founding father of the modern frame drum movement, Glen Velez shares his rich experience in our discussion.
He is specialized in frame drums from around the world. Velez’s virtuosic combinations of hand movements, and finger techniques, together with his compositions have opened new possibilities for musicians.
EPISODE #30: MANTAK CHIA & THE HEALING TAO – TRUE SOUND AND BRAIN ORGASM
Mantak Chia, a true Grand Master of Tao, shares his knowledge about the essential things in life: extended orgasms and sublime sex, health through balancing the energy in the organs and ultimately: love, joy happiness, as he expresses the goal of his work.
EPISODE #29: THE ENNEAGRAM AND BEYOND – THE WISDOM OF ELI JAXON-BEAR
Eli Jaxon-Bear is one of the leading experts in the Enneagram, a model created by Pythagoras and used for the human evolution.
Eli also comes from the spiritual lineage of the Indian saints Ramana Maharshi and H. W. L. Poonja. Together with his wife Gangaji, he gives Satsangs today and teaches in the Leela foundation, a world wide organization focused in self realization and world peace.
EPISODE #28: RAINER SCHEURENBRAND – MUSIC FROM BEYOND
Deep lyrics, mesmerizing rhythms and amazing melodies reaching the depth of your being: that is Rainer Scheurenbrand, a virtuoso guitarist and a composer, who embodies the fusion of ancient and modern shamanism.
EPISODE #27: FROM BODY DRUMMING TO STAGE PERFORMANCE – WITH ANDI STEIRER
It’s often the forces in the background, that give the music the real cool sound.
Viennese percussionist Andi Steirer certainly is one of those people who gave stars like Fendrich, Danzer or Alegre Correa the much-needed rhythm punch. Finding his way from within without teachers or mentors Andi Steirer became one of the most demanded percussionists in the Austrian music scene. And with this he has quite a story to tell.
EPISODE #25/26: EMPOWERMENT THROUGH RHYTHM – REINHARD FLATISCHLER MIT MUSIK VON DEVA PREMAL UND DEN TIBETISCHEN GYUTO MÖNCHEN
We live in extreme times and after being in a lockdown for almost a year, anxiety, fear and anger have become a companion for many people. This has motivated me to craft this episode providing pathways of self empowerment through rhythm, that have helped me tremendously to get into inner stillness, courage and stamina.
available in English and German
EPISODE #24: GERALD VDH – TECHNO: RAW AND COMPLEX
Experience how the famous Amen break from the “Winstons” sounds, when applied to deep techno groove. Listen to a electronic version of the Baião rhythm, that comes originally from Brazil and get to know a polyrhythmic version of techno.
Gerald Wenschitz, aka „Gerald VDH“, merges enormous groove power with complex rhythmic layering and hypnotic voices.
EPISODE #22/23: FREEDOM, COURAGE AND LOVE AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT AWAKENING
Welcoming the New Year with a special episode and reflections about the current time. What qualities will help you to move out of imposed restrictions, manipulation and censorship? Humanity is at the dawn of a great awakening and this episode invites you to be part of it.
available in English and German
EPISODE #21: THE MESMERIZING BEATS OF TECHNO WITH DJ FIEDEL
This journey invites you to experience electronic rhythms from behind the DJ console. Your guide is DJ in residence at the world famous techno club Ostgut-Berghain/Berlin since 2000: Michael Fiedler, also known as Fiedel.
EPISODE #20: SUFI SOUL – RHYTHM AND SOUNDS FROM WITHIN WITH PETER PANNKE
This musical journey will take you up and down the roads between Iran and Pakistan, Tajikisatan and Uzbekistan and all the way up to Morocco.
My guest is Peter Pannke, who did most of the field recordings himself. Peter studied the Indian Dhrupad tradition before he turned to Troubadour singing. He shares some of his amazing life stories in this episode.
EPISODE #19: KABEÇAO – THE FASCINATING SOUNDS AND RHYTHMS OF HANDPAN PLAYING
Get to know a family of fascinating new instruments: the Pantams, the Hangs and the Handpans. Meet a unique composer, performer and sound healer in this episode: Kabeção. He brings the Handpan music onto a new dimension of musical expression. Join us on this journey and dive into Kabeção’s music, wisdom and life stories – it’s truly inspiring.
EPISODE #18: PETR JANATA – THE MAGIC OF GROOVE 3
This is the third episode in which I discuss the essential phenomenon of groove. This time with Petr Janata. He is a Professor in the Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. Janata incorporated functional neuroimaging methods into his music perception research. This talk complement the two previous episodes about groove.
EPISODE #17: ARTHUR HULL – THE ART OF DRUMMING TOGETHER
A special episode focused on the significance of drumming for community health and well-being. Reinhard Flatischler talks with motivational trainer Arthur Hull, founder of the new and growing profession of the community Drum Circle Facilitator.
EPISODE #16: OLIVIER SENN – THE MAGIC OF GROOVE 2
In this episode Prof. Dr. Olivier Senn from Switzerland, a researcher and lecturer at the Lucerne School of Music with a focus on music psychology, discusses with me how various drumbeats have different ways to stimulate groove.
You also get a lot of different insights into groove research in this episode.
EPISODE #15: WORLD LANGUAGE RHYTHM – THE MUSIC OF MEGADRUMS PART 2
Get to know the full story of World Language Rhythm by enjoying this episode. The lineup of the legendary MegaDrums group is unique and comprises some of the best drum masters of our time. Diversity coming together on the foundation of atomized rhythmic particles.
EPISODE #14: WORLD LANGUAGE RHYTHM – THE MUSIC OF MEGADRUMS PART 1
With this solo-cast I invite you to listen to the music of “MegaDrums”. Some of the best drummers of our time join forces in this unique group, that I founded in 1985. Get to know the diverse musical backgrounds of these master drummers and experience for yourself, that “World Language Rhythm” really exists.
EPISODE #13: JOHN FITZGERALD – THE REMO DRUM FAMILY
In this episode I have a conversation with John Fitzgerald tracing the origins of the inspiring Remo Drum Family that today reaches millions of people around the world.
We talk about Remo Belli’s achievements – the founder of the company – who was a pioneer in bringing awareness to the importance of drumming and rhythm for well-being, health and creativity.
EPISODE #12: PROF. JULIAN CASKEL – THE THEORY OF RHYTHM
In this episode I analyze with Prof. Julian Caskel different rhythm theories accompanied by diverse music samples. I invite you to follow us into the contemplation of how we are able to visualize rhythm, investigating the many concepts that exist around it.
EPISODE #11: THE MUSIC AND WISDOM OF MITEN – LIFE BEGINS WHERE FEAR ENDS
In this episode with Miten, we talk about how he went from rock and pop to being the main musical influence at Osho’s Ashram in Pune. We also delve into his encounter with Deva Premal and the mantras that they bring together to the world today.
Please leave a comment below, and let me know what you think!
I’m curious about your sharings, thoughts and feedback.
I’ve just listened one of the episode and I heard your message at the end about welcoming recommendations, here I am. There is a hidden gem in this small country of Asia called Hong Kong, who belongs to the world of frame drum, John Lee.
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Love your works and THANK YOU 🙏
Thank you for this wonderful podcast, Reinhard. I learned of you through my teacher Marla Leigh, and very much enjoyed your interview with her. Your time with Glen Velez and Ya’acov Darling Khan were also incredibly inspirational. Thank you for your deep questions and thoughtful attention to the people you interview. You lead us into beautiful and thought-provoking territory!
Thank you so much for your deeply nourishing podcasts ( especially the last one with Loire Cotler…but all of them have given me some “good food for thoughts” )… as well as for sharing the Taketina treasures online.
Thank you for your heartfelt music and inspirational space.
May I challenge you to invite Dame Evelyn Glennie?
I am right now listening to one of your podcast episodes, and it moved me to say hi to you and tell you that I am very much enjoying your podcast. I love hearing a new side of you as an interviewer.
Also congratulations on your marriage.
Sending love and gratitude to you.
Great idea! Music and life are deeply connected: Reinhard, you and your interview partners allow an insight to various aspects of this field which concerns us all as human beings. Thank you for this enrichment!
Every single podcast so far has been a great and inspiring experience and I can only recommend you to listen as well! Great variety of guests and musicians + sound examples in between – one of my favourites during the podcasts!
Thank you Reinhard for this inspiring space! Each of the episodes invites me to a deep journey and brings me a lot of insights. I’m learning many new things with your podcast!