Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Shadow Percussion Project

Brian Udelhofen is a music teacher at Minnetonka High School in Minnesota. Despite the picture of him to the left, he seems to be a pretty cool and creative fellow. Earlier this year, he adapted a pair of songs of of DJ Shadow's breakthrough album, Endtroducing, for the school's percussion ensemble and named it The Shadow Percussion Project. The two songs are "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" and "Changeling".

Well, as you can see from the video, the kids did a great job with it. It isn't as subtle as the original version but it great to see it performed live. I remember once seeing the Randolph High School band cover Outkast's "Hey Ya" and it was so bad, it was embarrassing. This performance falls on the other end of the spectrum.

Thanks to spinichdip nyc for the tip on this video.

2 comments:

Nico said...

My high school had a ninja percussion instructor. Tons of the kids went on to get music scholarships to college.

He would get these awesome performers to give workshops and then have public concerts after the workshops.

He once got Nanae Mimura, a marimba player that's tours internationally and is an instructor at Berklee School of Music. (She's pretty cute too.)

They always did "cooler than normal" stuff.

Anonymous said...

HA! This is Brian. Way to use my awesome headshot. Thanks.

But for real, thanks for posting the vid, I'm getting a lot of great feedback.