Sonic Spotlight: Shane Thompson

Watch Mr. Thompson demonstrate his udu, khol, dholak and hang drum.
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AGE: 30

Percussionist Shane Thompson is in the Sonic Spotlight.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Percussionist Shane Thompson is in the Sonic Spotlight.


PLAYS: Hand drums

DAY JOB: Co-owner of Westobou (unrelated to the Westobou Festival) and Kruhu

PLAYED WITH: Westobou, since 1999; Fletch & Folk, 2007-08; Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution, 2002

BEST CONCERT ATTENDED: Burlap to Cashmere, street festival, Charlotte, N.C., about 2000. "They had a dedicated drummer, a dedicated hand drummer; and their flamenco guitarist played timbales, so he would flip over, and you'd have three sets of drums going at the same time... (B)ecause I like drums, that was more impressive than Stomp and more impressive than Blue (Man) Group."

BEST PERFORMANCE: Acoustic show with Eric Myers and Glynn Towery, Columbia International University, Columbia, 2001. "We played for a thousand kids, and it was all acoustic instruments. We played an upright bass, a couple of vocals, acoustic guitar. And that was probably one of the most moving experiences, because what we were playing wasn't as loud as the people singing. I mean, we were miked and amped, but ... you could hear the people singing the entire time -- like loud. Much louder than what you hear at, like, church."

WORST PERFORMANCE: Youth event, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, mid '90s. "I was playing a digital set of drums, and you couldn't pay me to be on beat. It was that bad. ... It was rough. I appreciated the people that stayed. "

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And thats the way it is
And thats the way it is 07/30/09 - 01:25 pm
great vid Shane, can't ait

great vid Shane, can't ait till you get good on the new one
Spagetti Bob

ufab4ea 08/05/09 - 12:24 pm
If you're just starting to

If you're just starting to learn the hang drum, I'd love to hear you again in about a year! I think you mastered it already!! I don't think anyone's laughing.

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