Little to say for myself

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Not a corny title like "The Rhythm of Life"

Just been to see The BackBeat Quartet in concert. They had done an all-day percussion workshop with local schoolkids and rounded it off with this gig - supported by groups of the students (my son amongst them).
It was wonderful to see and hear such beauty being made simply by hitting things. It seems the more primitive the instument, the deeper the emotional impact - whether that emotion be joy, sadness or anger.
They also proved that you don't need masses of expensive classical gear to make art - just a spark of imagination, an ear for sounds and how they work, shedloads of talent, a sprinkling of wit, and no doubt countless hours of grinding practice. Their finale involved (between the four of them) four drumsticks, two tomtoms and two basketballs - and for their encore piece, they just hit parts of their own bodies to make the sounds. Scintillating stuff.

Off to bed now - got to get up at 3 (yes 3!) a.m. to drop my other son at school for his day-trip to Vimy Ridge.

posted by Plig | 23:45 |

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