Dan Weiss and Ari Hoenig Drum Duo Live at Cornelia Street Cafe, 8/12/12

A dandelion dream experience: Part One, by Monique Avakian

This drum duo was and is:

* high-level
* magnificent
* enlivening
* engaging
* exhausting
* exploratory
* multi-genre
* multi-style
* multi-cultural
* unique
* myriad
* focused
* incredibly intricate like a big, slobbery, wet kiss from a happy dog
who’s been outside playing with you all day
* carefully composed
* freely improvised
* fun
* intense
* serious
* relaxed
* spiritual
* fast-paced
* over, in, around, under, next-door-to and upside-down-across
the bar line
* thoughtful
* caring
* generous
* friendly
* scary
* mysterious
* accessible
* high-energy
* playful
* wise like the most ancient beginner
* filled with space
* empty with sound
* unbelievable in technique
* equanimous
* egalitarian
* democratic
* commanding
* demanding
* scorpion-like
* crane-like
* crank-like
* mirror-like
* ninja-like
* Qigong-like
* also often shaped like this: crescendoDEcrescendo
* also circular
* plus grounded
* and linear in a new way that is not what you think
* poetic
* constructive
* independent
* communicative
* visionary
* multi-dimensional
* super-charged
* turbo-charged
* shamanistically pure
* unusual
* traditional
* rare
* everyday
* streaming through time connecting
* a force of unification
* a force of disruption
* a wrench in the works
* the works themselves
* a rhythmic banquet
* a feast for the fearless
* a vibrant, singing, courageous, outrageous YES buried in fertile
mud like a seed newly dreaming
* way out
* way in
* balanced
* serene
* suggestive
* in-your-face
* open
* spontaneous
* planned
* spur-of-the-moment
* well-timed
* well-received
* well-conceived
* concocted
* all-natural
* refined like a gnarled, smelly troll reaching up from underneath a
rickety bridge to grab your ankle
* heavy hitting like a big tree that falls on top of a car
harming no one
* light and most delicate
* meticulous
* by the seat of the pants
* inventive
* joyful
* skilled
* severe
* sweet
* salty
* spicy
* tangy
* full of bones
* full of beans
* sparse
* dense
* complex
* elastic
* structured
* involving
* refreshing
* invigorating
* reassuring
* amazing
* like nothing else ever on the face of this earth or anywhere else
in existence ever
* superior
* gargantuan
* very, very tiny
* minute in detail
* large in BIG IDEAS
* expansive
* contractive
* inspiring
* jaw-dropping
* TITAN

just simply beyond

When I catch my breath, I’ll write Part Two which will include their incredible special guest, Raja, on Indian Vocal Percussion, for the last round: miraculous!

(as always, if I got a name, date or spelling wrong, please correct me)

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