Posted 15th Dec 2010.
Kassamba are a Catalan percussion and drumming group. Their latest piece 'Musicalment', created by Yago Delas, involves music, dance, sculpture and audience participation.
Last time I filmed them was in a high forest on the slopes of Montgri. This time we were in a clearing by a 16th century castle (still inhabited).
Yago has cut and tuned a number of tree trunks which are hung from a metal tripod and form the centrepiece of this performance. It begins in darkness (which is often created for an audience by offering them all blindfolds) and to the sound of running water and simulated thunder to create an acoustic storm. Then comes birdsong and various types of bells. This quiet section is separated from the more animated movement by a Chinese gong which leads into a percussive section, progressing through a gentle, even chanting and drumming section and through to a high energy finale.
We shot the entire performance; here is a short promo for it.