One of the first instruments made by humanity, the bones have been a metaphor and a rhythm to cultures all around the world.
For this showcase, Hubby Jenkins and Sid Art will discuss their approaches to the instrument – the Indian khartal & the bones. And play some incredible music.
Here’s Hubby Jenkins playing the bones with the Carolina Chocolate Drops: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qor2ib8iXtg
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Hubby got his higher musical education started as a busker. He developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around the U.S.
After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2010 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and continues to make solo performances.
Sid Art runs Surya Records in Bushwick and is leading the adoption of the khartal in the US. He describes playing the khartal as ‘tap dancing with your fingers.’ It’s synonymous to the spoons or castanets. The khartal is made from hardwoods such as hard maple, wenge, paduak, rosewood, bubinga, black locust and many more. Khartals are all hand-made and manufactured in Brooklyn, NYC at Surya Records. Khartals are designed to be conveniently compact to fit on your belt and are durable enough to last a lifetime. Electrobones is our new hybrid electric/acoustic version of the Khartal. It’s almost like carrying a drum orchestra in your pocket!
What to expect
An in-depth presentation and workshop on the “Bones” from around the world featuring The Bones and Khartal (Rajasthani Bones).
The Bones are a percussion instrument which, at the simplest, consists of a pair of animal bones, or pieces of wood, stone, or clay.
Why is this happening?
Well actually, these two bones enthusiasts haven’t yet met, but team Artery bumped into both of them in the last few weeks and they both waxed poetic about the bones – so we had to invite them to talk about it in the same room.