The German Harmonica and African-American Blues Culture
Herbert Quelle in person
Walter, a 70-year old German-American retired teacher, travels from his hometown in Chicago to the Mississippi Delta. On the way he befriends an African-American family who share his interest in the importance of the harmonica in Blues music. Walter's conversations with them and his frequent inner-monologues communicate facts and figures about the history of the instrument, the Blues and exemplary Blues harmonica players. These are interwoven with historical events relevant for the freedom struggle of African Americans.
is Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Midwest, based in Chicago. After school, military service and university, he joined the Federal Foreign Office, then still in Bonn, in 1980. His postings abroad have included Los Angeles, Pretoria, Havana, Warsaw, London, Baku and Boston in various functions. In Baku he served as Ambassador. His attachment to the Consulate General in Boston was combined with a fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University. He has been in Chicago since July, 2014. Herbert Quelle is also an author, and has just published a book on the connection between the German harmonica and the blues. He likes to play music himself in his spare time.
In cooperation with the International Women's Association