"... Artis the Spoonman, Seattle's best kept secret"
- Steven Tyler
photo by Kevin Westenberg
"You haven't got a commercial bone in your body"
- Frank Zappa
CIVIL-MINDED, GLOBAL CONSCIOUS, RHYTHM & RHYME
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 theatresof Broadway,the stages of International and National television and therecording 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,willchange your
life- or at least your ideas on cutlery ...
"... best spoonplayer in the whole damn universe" - Pete Seeger
"What did he eat for breakfast, gunpowder?" - Lacy J. Dalton
"Finally, some real music" - Mickey Hart
Artis has shared the stage with:Jim Page, Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, Steve Goodman, The Flying
Karamazov Brothers,David Sanborn, Lacy J. Dalton, Peter Rowan, Jethro Burns, RamblinJack 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,
just to name a few.
... has performed on:
- "Spoonman", Grammy Award-winning song and MTV video by Soundgarden
- Late Night with David Letterman, USA TV
- Night Music with David Sanborn, USA TV
- Further Festival Tour 1996, USA
- A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, USA RADIO
- The Paul Daniels Show, BBC TV
- Blue Peter, BBC TV
- Livewire, Nickelodian Children's TV, USA
- Chikyu Dombori, FUJI TV, JAPAN
- Broadway with Avner The Eccentric, NYC
- Broadway with Itzhak Perlman, NYC
... and at events throughout the world:
- Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Colorado, USA
- EXPO '88, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
- FOLK & ROCK FESTIVALS; Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Canmore,North Country Faire, &
Calgary, CANADA; Seattle's Northwest Folklife,High Sierra Music Festival, Sierra Nevada Music &
Craft Festival, USA;Hultsfred, SWEDEN; & Rudolstadt, GERMANY
- CHILDREN'S FESTIVALS; Vancouver, Winnipeg, Prince George, Regina,CANADA, & Seattle, USA
- FRINGE FESTIVALS; Edinburgh, SCOTLAND; Edmonton, CANADA;
- Elephant Faire; Plymouth, ENGLAND
- Bumberdrum; Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, USA
- Oregon Country Faire; USA, 25+ years consecutively
... and much, much more since 1974.
Port Townsend USA