Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
SlapJazz Danny was in Toronto from his home in San Diego to perform at the Percussion Festival at Harbourfront. Regrettably I missed his performance, but when we bumped into him outside he graciously agreed to sit for a few minutes to allow us to draw him.
I'm surprised I got anything down; he was fascinating to both watch and to listen to as he told us about the origins of his body percussion. Dating back to a slave rebellion on Sept 9 1793 in South Carolina, the slaves used their own bodies to communicate when drums were banned by slave owners. His on work builds on that history.
I truly wish I had seen him in action, but the opportunity to even sketch him for a few minutes and to hear both his and the story behind his work is something I won't forget. The man could be a king in any story.
more on him at http://slapjazzdanny.blogspot.ca/