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Recycled music

By Margaret Hartley
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Donald Knaack, AKA The Junkman, is coming to SUNY Cobleskill on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Knaack is a classically trained percussionist who incorporates rock, jazz and new age music into his performances. His “Junk Music” is played on instruments made entirely of recycled, found and reused materials, including hubcaps, scrap wood and metal, car parts, pipes, bottles, chains, pots and lids, signs, buckets and old computers.

Knaack has written music for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, and performed with her company at The Egg in 2003. He’s also performed the Kennedy Center, at Lincoln Center and on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He’s written an opera and a concerto for 300 pieces of junk and a full orchestra.

He does workshops at school, creating orchestras out of junk with kids and teaching a combination of music and environmentalism.

His performance at SUNY Cobleskill will be at 7:30 Wednesday at the Bouck Theater, and will include an interactive workshop. His appearance is part of the school’s Cultural Arts Series.

For more information, call 255-5631. Doors open at 7. The performance is free, but donations are appreciated.

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