Herman Witkam

Herman Witkam is a composer for film from the Netherlands. In 2003, Herman first discovered the resonant and vocal sound of the Armenian duduk, after which he bought an instrument. 

He learned to play over the following years by listening to recordings and watching videos of the great duduk masters.

Herman also continuously used the instrument in his film soundtracks, including the award winning short films "Bloody Mary" and "Brother's Keeper", which were broadcasted on the American and the Netherlands Sci-Fi Channels respectively. 

His concert piece "Ritual" also included a duduk solo performed and recorded by Herman. Other projects Herman participated in are performing duduk (and other ethnic/traditional instruments) for Ian Livingstone's videogame soundtracks "Dungeons & Dragons Tactics" and "Bionicle Heroes"

In early 2008, Herman performed duduk on a large stage for the first time, playing the duduk part in the piece 'Rubicon' by Belgian composer Bert Appermont. 

The performance took place at the City Theater in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Official websites:
http://www.herman-witkam.com 
http://www.witkamsound.com