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Artis the Spoonman teams up w/PoMotion

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PoMotions is proud to say out loud that Artis the Spoonman will be joining the blog as a regular contributor. You may know him best from Pike’s Place Market in downtown Seattle, where he has played spoons for years, or possibly from  his work with Soundgarden in the 90s.

I first met Artis in 2006 while working with Real Change newspaper in Seattle. Since then, Artis has been known to frequent the Street Roots (where I work now) office when he is Portland. He has volunteered his talents, poetry and most all his love to the street paper movement.

From his bio, “Artis the Spoonman is a living myth. Since 1972 he has created a state-of-the-artcultural legend. From the sidewalks and bars of Seattle, San Francisco, Manhattan, Sidney, London, Dublin, Munich and Singapore, to the theatres of Broadway, the stages of International and National television and the recording studios of Frank Zappa and Soundgarden, his spellbinding, faster-than-the-eye-can-trackspoonplaying has been a passionate rhythm enhancement for Rock, Fusion, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical and Uncatagorizable music, virtually everywhere. His avante-garde percussion, coupled with his contagious spirit, will change your life– or at least your ideas on cutlery …”

He has shared the stage with the likes of Jim Page, Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, Steve Goodman, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, David Sanborn, Lacy J. Dalton, Peter Rowan, Jethro Burns, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger, k.d.lang, Bob Weir, Avner the Eccentric, Soundgarden, Itzhak Perlman, The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Zakir Hussein, Queen Ida, Ani DiFranco, Phish, Left Over Salmon, The Radiators, String CheeseIncident, Pele Juju and Alice DiMicele.

Here he is playing the spoons with an orchestra. It will blow you away. (Shortcut: You can start @ about 1:50 in the video when Artis begins.)

His first poem for PoMotion, Contemporary Vagabond explores life on the streets, something Artis knows all to well. While it’s true, Artis is a living legend, most of all he is just a common man, and a beautiful poet.

Look for more from Artis, and announcements on new contributors in the coming days and weeks. Welcome aboard brother love.

Posted by Israel Bayer

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Written by lickmypoetry

March 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

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