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Sense of Sound

Book with DVD, Sense of Sound, indigenous philosophy, musical expression and adaptation to African American music and jazz drum set, West Africa and the U.S. (pending 2019)

We Are One blood drum spirit

Publication/release of feature-length documentary film we are one, directed by Sara Pettinella, with my blood drum spirit ensemble (www.weareonethemovie.com; June 2017); world premiere in Ghana, West Africa, August 2017. The film has won numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary (Jukebox, 2018), and Best Musical Score, (Moscow Russia, 2018), and finalist in the Calcutta, India Indie Festival (2018)

Adapting Three Asante Spiritual Music Styles for Drumset

Article, ‘Adapting Three Asante Spiritual Music Styles for Drumset’ for the Percussive Arts Society’s peer-reviewed online magazine, Percussive Notes issue, May 2017

Thinking Critically and Creatively: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Jazz in Ghana

Article, a Fulbright Scholar Story, ‘Thinking Critically and Creatively: Teaching, Researching, and Performing Jazz in Ghana,’ J. William Fulbright Program, U. S. State Department, selected as one of top 10 Scholar Stories for 2016

The Pulse of World Music: Fontomfrom Drumming for Drum Set

Article, ‘The Pulse of World Music: Fontomfrom Drumming for Drum Set’ for the Percussive Arts Society’s peer-reviewed online magazine, Rhythm! Scene issue, December 2016 

African American Jazz and world music cultures

1/2X Video archives of my original concepts, performances and educational demonstrations in African American Jazz and world music cultures, including sections with a focus on percussion and drum set, at www.youtube.com/royalhartigan; see playlists; begun September 2011 and ongoing

West African Eve Rhythms for Drumset

Book with DVD, West African Eve Rhythms for Drumset, 365 pages of text, notations, pictures, and adinkra symbols, Print Tech Publishers, Burlington, VT, September 2010

West African Eve Rhythms for Drumset

Interview/article on my life as a world musician in Traps, a drumset magazine, San Francisco, CA, fall 2008 issue.

The American Drum Set: Black Musicians and Chinese Opera along the Mississippi River

Article, “The American Drum Set: Black Musicians and Chinese Opera along the Mississippi River,” in Afro-Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans, Eds. Fred Ho and William Mullen, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, June 2008

Music In China, articles

Articles, “The Beijing Midi School of Music’s Modern Music Festival in May 2006 and royal hartigan’s blood drum spirit Ensemble Tour in Southern China” and “A Field Trip to West Hunan Province, P.R. China: Daliuzi and Wei Gu Percussion Music,” with Ethnomusicologist Weihua Zhang, in the online periodical Music in China, Los Angeles, CA, November 2007

Dancing on the Time

Book with DVD, Dancing on the Time, on layers of coordinated independence for drumset, Tap Space Publications, Portland, OR, October 2006

Rudiments on Parade

Editor and producer, percussion book by Clifford Adams of Pittsfield, MA, Rudiments on Parade, June 2004

Ongoing Report from Beijing

Article, “Ongoing Report from Beijing,” with Weihua Zhang, Music in China Vol. 3 No. 2 Oct. 2001

Thinking in Jazz - The Infinite Art of Improvisation

Book review, “Thinking in Jazz – The Infinite Art of Improvisation,” by Paul Berliner, The Annual Review of Jazz Studies 9, 1999

West African Rhythms for Drumset

Book with CD, West African Rhythms for Drumset published by Manhattan Music/Warner Bros., Miami FL, 1995; Alfred Publishing, Los Angeles, CA. 2004. This work was chosen as one of the top 25 books in the history of percussion publications by Modern Drummer Magazine (December 2011)

New Musical Figurations – Anthony Braxton’s Cultural Critique

Book Review, “New Musical Figurations – Anthony Braxton’s Cultural Critique,” by   Ronald M. Radano, World of Music, Vol. 37(2) 1995

The Heritage of the Drumset

Article, “The Heritage of the Drumset,” The African American Review Spring 1995

Let Me Play My Drums

Article, “Let Me Play My Drums,” transcription and article; and “The Role of Drumset in Ghanaian Highlife,” transcription and article, Percussive Notes, Vol. 31 No. 4, April 1993

Blood Drum Spirit: Drum Languages of West Africa, African America, Native America, Central Java, and South India

Ph.D. Dissertation, Blood Drum Spirit: Drum Languages of West Africa, African America, Native America, Central Java, and South India (1986), 1700 pages with 30 audio cassettes; and M.A. thesis, The Drum: Concepts of Time and No Time, from African, Latin American, and African American Origins (1983), 400 pages with 21 audio cassettes, published by UMI/ProQuest, Ann Arbor, MI; www.proquest.com 

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