“Whack!” Percussionist Ken Bergmann with his smashing spectacle of drums, cowbells, chairs and more in Percussion Discussion. Incorporating instruments from around the globe, the popular family-oriented show features a hysterical romp through the sound effects of Hollywood, a unique look at the computer age, all the flash one would expect from a drummer gone amok and for no apparent reason, a cymbal clanging monkey. According to the Ledger Dispatch: “It contained the spontaneity of Robin Williams mixed with Cosby-esque powers of observation”
Bergmann will have audiences doing more than just tapping their feet. He’ll have them out of their seats and on the stage producing the roar of thunder, the tap of footsteps, and a rumbling locomotive. “I hit stuff” says the enthusiastic percussion expert. Hit stuff he does. Tapping a computerized drum, Mr. Bergmann creates everything from a computerized rock concert to an aerial dogfight between Snoopy and the Red Baron. Moments later he’s playing a Scott Joplin Rag, and then Bach on a Marimba. Bergmann goes on a musical frenzy with theatrical intensity and a daft sense of humor. Says one fan: “It’s a STOMP for kids.”
Ken Bergmann is a mix of accomplished educator and professional musician. A native Californian, he spent his childhood summers traveling the back roads of rural Mississippi with his grandfather where he learned the importance of family, fishin’ and fun.
As an actor he has performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, Zach in A Chorus Line, Harold Hill in The Music Man and most recently Grady in Zelda’s Momma’s Cookin’. Best known for his musicianship, he has performed throughout the world including the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Symphony Hall in Toronto and Minneapolis, as well as New York and Berlin. His musicianship has been featured on ABC's 20/20, NBC's Entertainment Tonight, and CBS's Evening Magazine. A an award winning musical director, he has conducted 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Into the Woods and has percussed in over 60 musical productions including Sweeney Todd, Godspell, and Cabaret.
When he's not beating on things, Mr. Bergmann heads to the mountains to fulfill his passion for snow skiing. He is an active member of the National Ski Patrol at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and loves to fall down in the snow. He currently resides in Northern California and when he grows up he hopes he can remember how to be a kid.