H-LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

Oct 25, 2013 2:17 PM by Dan Shadwell

Found-object music man brings his infectious, enthusiastic show to the Spanos

When you hear the word "music," chances are you think about your favorite genre... maybe even a specific artist or tune comes to mind.
We do that even though the types of music are as limitless as our imagination.
One artist, who's in town for a performance tomorrow night at the PAC, says it's important to remember that.
Joe Craven is a multi-talented, self-taught musician, and award winning educator, who's able to turn nearly any object into a musical instrument--jar lids, ladles, sardine tins, bed springs,...even an old record stand packed into an electrified suitcase. Craven calls that collection a "trunkalonium."
He knocks out a contagious riff and smiles. "That groove is something that we carry with us everywhere we go, every day," he explains. "When you walk, when you talk, it's all organized movement into an organized sound. So, whether you've got a violin or a trunkalonium, or a garbage can, it doesn't really matter because you're the driver."
Craven is bringing that message to school kids and general audiences in San Luis Obispo tonight at the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus. It's an all ages performance of his found-object instrument orchestra, which includes a banjo made out of a bed pan. He calls it a "Chamberlain."
Curtain time is 7 o'clock and there are tickets available. For more information about Joe Craven and to buy tickets, just click on links at the top of this page.

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