Prof. Heinrich Köbberling
Prof. Mario Würzebesser
[drums, percussion, ensemble]
Wolfram Blechner was born in 1961. At 17 he began to learn to play the drums. He has been studying and performing West African rhythms since 1986. He developed his knowledge through study trips to Africa, workshops und many years of working with African musicians. His most influential teachers are the players in the Ballets Africains, some of the most talented musicians from Guinea such as Famadou Konate, Mamadi Keita, Koumbana Konde, Mohamed Sylla and others.
The main focus of his work and his teaching over the last twenty years has been the accompaniment of (African) dance, for Norma Claire (Paris), Elsa Wolliaston(Paris), Carmen Issler, Brigitte Rumpf and others.
Since last year he has performed with the Oasis Dance Ensemble throughout Germany.
From 1994 the music of the Gnawa, who live mainly in Morocco, was added to his field of research and performance. Both in 1995 and 1997 he travelled for two months to his teacher Mahmoud Gania, a well-known master of the gembri, an instrument similar to the bass lute Gembri.
From 1991-2001 he taught African rhythm at the music school in Neukölln. He has taught at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin since 1995.
During his career Wolfram worked in and with many different band projects and artists throughout Germany and abroad, e.g. Kamalesh Maitra, Sankar Chatterjee, Michael Clifton, Ali Keita in the English Garden (Berlin), Dudu Tucci, 5th Schöneberg Dance Night, Bobby McFerrin, Famadou Konate and others.
CD production with Christoph Griese, Pulz, DVD production with Oasis.