Basel Drumming and the Carnival of Fasnacht

The World of Drumming

This week The World of Drumming takes us to the city of Basel, Switzerland, home to one of today’s most unique carnivals and styles of drumming. Every year in this city around February and March, drummers from across the world and within the city itself come together to march through the streets playing in the Basel style, an approach that has become largely unknown in North America. While this carnival may appear strange and peculiar at first, the highly complex and traditional music played during it has many distinctive characteristics that make the Basel style complex in its own unique ways. Lets take a look…

Before digging into Basel drumming, it is important to understand the carnival of Fasnacht. Starting every year the Monday after Ash Wednesday, this carnival is the driving force behind the Basel style of drumming. Fasnacht lasts exactly 72 hours, beginning Monday morning at promptly 4am…

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