Merry Christmas

Christmas just got merrier. Just got a note from Joel Cohen in Chicago! “Playing the nutcracker in the auditorium theater. Using my new Harlan 12″ single row…for the Arabian dance. Getting a lot of positive comments from orchestra members. It feels effortless to play, and I love the sound. I am also using it for the tarentella in act 1. Merry...

Talking old times and tambourines

Spent a great day with John Kasica and Tom Stubbs of the St. Louis Symphony playing with some regular Harlan’s, some prototypes and some Frankenstein models. So much fun talking old times and...

A Tambo for every occasion

We think we’ve found the ultimate Harlan Tambourine user, Steven Kimple! We’ve lost count on how many original and new Harlan’s Steven owns but it’s a...

International Orchestral Music Festival

By John Kasica The Tambourine’s ability to play sensitively and then have a voice and presence in loud passages effortlessly is a welcome and needed addition to a percussionist arsenal of colors. Well done Kevin Harlan! The music festival I’ve played at in China for the third time is called The Fifth International Orchestral Music Festival in Zhengzhou, China. The two gentlemen pictured are part of the percussion section.  The one on the left is Qin Xin Yi.The one on the right is Li Chen Si Yuan. My position there is Principal Timpani, clinician and recitalist. These players never experienced a tambourine like...

Impromptu Dance Party

By Rich O’ Donnell Last night, I had my first “tambo” gig… Michael Castro, Missouri’s first Poet Laureate had his 70th birthday party at the Regional Arts building in St. Louis. It was big and full of people-all cultures represented. My wife, Anna, was one of many poets who read a poem and I accompanied her with soft riffs on my Harlan tambo. Just rim and thumb roll stuff, nothing fancy. But, as the cake was served a djembe player started, I joined him, then a Jazz alto sax player joined-all very strong players. The room erupted in dance. For nearly an hour we played furiously, that kind of dance music was only in my past, but my polyrhythm experience keeps me very strong with tempo, but with a tendency to interject very syncopated changes to the ongoing repeating rhythm. It was great fun, recalling my Be-Bop days and called on my imagination to find now ways to play my Harlan tambo! What I really want to say is how powerful and colorful that instrument is. It was my first chance to play it in any ensemble. Like I said, they were really good players playing loud instruments, I had no problem being heard. It really has balls. I used Orchestral, Brazilian, Rock techniques and some I made up at the moment. The dance was pretty wild, including Anna. When we finished, the tambo asked: “OK, what’s...