John de Kadt

Real Name:
John de Kadt
American New Age-percussionist.

In his early twenties John left college and went searching for others ways of living. He felt that our culture was incredibly out of touch with the some essence of life. He went on a sojourn not knowing exactly for what he was searching, only knowing he wanted to continue to play the drums and to find a community to live in that was more in touch with the earth. That journey led him to a yoga ashram where he lived for five years. The ancient practice of call and response chanting called kirtan became part of his daily routine, as did yoga, drumming and meditation. The sangha or community and this way of living was very rewarding in many ways and changed the direction of his life.

John went on to study percussion from around the globe in India, Turkey, Brazil, Africa, Cuba, Columbia and throughout the US. The healing power of the drum inspired him to continue on a richly rewarding quest to discover and support his love of music and spoken word. He appears on numerous recordings and performs regularly throughout the US. He has performed with Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, Robert Bly, Baba Olatunji, Colman Barks, David Darling, Jai Uttal, and many others. He has performed live nationally on NBC and PBS. John offers concerts and workshops internationally for festivals, retreats, schools, & corporations. He is appreciated for his percussion talent, humor, spoken word and poetic inspirations.
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