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Recycled Percussionist & Composer
The Junkman has a proven track record as a unique, eco-friendly, virtuoso percussionist and one-of-a-kind entertainer. Performing for intimate private parties to 70,000 fans at a Phish concert, and from 6,000 fans at the Seoul Drum Festival to 50 pupils at a university workshop. Using the unique sounds of reused materials, The Junkman’s sustainable rhythms and eclectic musical style enable his music to inhabit the spheres of jazz, rock, modern classical, percussion, drumming, world, avant-garde, and dance (solo or with the house DJ).
The Junkman has performed concerts at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Sundance Film Festival, The United Nations, COP 16 Conference on Climate Change, The Smithsonian, The White House Millennium Project, Escena Contemporanea, StockholmPercussion Festival, Zagreb Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Summer Series Dubai, and tours with Phish, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Blink 182 and more.
Junkman has composed two critically acclaimed work for the legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, as well as scores for The American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre Harlem, and the American Dance Festival. The Junkman’s vibrant music is heard on television commercials for ESPN, The NBA, Electronic Arts, Paddle to Live, Power Dot, Airbnb, and Nike Paris. Feature stories on CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News, National Public Radio, The BBC, Billboard magazine, DRUM magazine, and many newspapers.
For years, The Junkman has provided high-level interactivity for thousands of festival-goers in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and across America, as well as in Dubai, Spain, Croatia, and, more recently, at Basingstoke B’Love, Grinigog, and Llangollen Festivals in the UK.
In addition to concerts, The Junkman offers a wide variety of interactive programmes, including the construction of a Junk Music Playstation – a sound sculpture made exclusively from reused materials that can be played by up to 30 persons simultaneously. His interactive Junkjams entice festival-goers into jamming on handheld reused materials in a drum-circle-like fashion. Junkjams can be scheduled events or Flashjams and are included at the end of his concert performances.
His workshops have won awards of excellence from the United Nations, the Federal Republic of Mexico, and the State of Vermont. Engaging audiences, allowing them to develop their improvisation and rhythm playing skills, even if they’ve had no previous music experience!
★ World-class virtuoso percussionist.
★ Perfect for every event and occasion.
★ Unique, inventive and totally inimitable.
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Here’s what Recycled Percussionist & Composer – The Junkman’s clients said:
“Virtuoso playing worth hearing.”
– Downbeat magazine
“It’s a mind blowing experience!”
– Conan O’Brien
“He’s the Max Roach of the dumpster!”
– Washington Post
“Starting with John Cage, there have been quite a few
composers who have worked with junk and found objects to
create their music. However, no one does it with quite as much
finesse as Donald Knaack.”
– Dirty Linen Magazine
“…a virtuoso percussionist”
– The New York Times
Recycled Percussionist & Composer – The Junkman’s repertoire:
What the World Needs Now is Packaging, more Packaging
Discuss my work
Built to Fall Apart
Beat the Can
Mantra for a Polluter’s Grandchild
Drumming contest w/audience
Excerpte from Surfer at the River Styx
Junkjam with audience
Filler: Dracula’s Dance
Recycled Percussionist & Composer – The Junkman’s previous clients:
The United Nations
The Smithsonian, Washington DC
Sundance Film Festival
The Kennedy Center
Twyla Tharp Dance
American Ballet Theater
L’Oreal (Paris and New York)
UNESCO English Riviera Global Geopark
Videos of Recycled Percussionist & Composer – The Junkman