artis the spoon man
Artis the Spoon Man provided "flatware" percussion for Civilization Phaze III, and for the unreleased Dance Me This. He appeared on stage with Zappa in Eugene Oregon on 10/4/81, and at New York's Palladium 10/30/81.
to Manifestations from the Womb to the Void (Life and lyrics of a busker)
Published by Hulogosi Communications, Incorporated (June, 1993)
"since 1972, artis the spoonman's flatware percussion has taken him all
over the world, from the streets and bars of seattle and san francisco to
london, dublin, munich to recording sessions with frank zappa and soundgarden to
"late night with david letterman" and garrison keillor's "prairie
|frank zappa: civilization phaze III
(1994, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
|morgan ågren: trum
(2002, video, sweden, ??) - feat. mats öberg, jimmy ågren
"you haven’t got a commercial bone in your body" - frank zappa
can anyone tell me if or when or on what song the great artis the spoonman
recorded with zappa? artis claims
to have recorded with him but i can find no evidence! thanks for any info!
don't know about any recording sessions, but he was invited onstage at the
palladium 10/30/81, and played a little solo.
patrick neve (firstname.lastname@example.org)
before that he played at the mac court gig in eugene oregon on 10/4/81. a
first-hand witness reports that steve vai was "slack-jawed".
i didn't see that show, but i've seen artis many a time besides that. his
performances usually leave me slack-jawed as well.
he has to be seen to be believed. he
has a wide variety of spoons made of wood, metal, and who knows what else, and
he makes actual music by pounding them off his face and body.
it's fast and furious and very funky.
he's one of a kind. as far
as i know he's a seattle resident, but he hits every major fair and festival
within driving distance, and can often be seen hanging around eugene, playing at
the saturday market or the oregon country fair. he's a nice guy, too.
soundgarden wrote a song about him. the following is from the liner notes
to his album, entertain the entertainers: "thank you gail zappa for the
first (unsolicited) contribution to this low-budget/expensive project."
he might be appearing on dance me this. he was recorded at chez fz circa
"m. delle" (email@example.com)
- date: mon, 04 oct 1999
the sabian drum festival -99 was held yesterday in gothenburg and featured
dom famularo, richie garcia, mike portnoy, mats/morgan with spoonman and terry
bozzio. im not a drummer, but i stayed the whole 6 hour performance and enjoyed
the lot. mats and morgan played a complicated, yet playful set, and rounded off
by playing "take your clothes off when you dance", accompanied by
spoonman on spoons (amazing guy, he did things (musical i.e.) with spoons, that
you could never dream of). spoonman referred to zappa by doing the
"circular motion" while playing (if thats the correct term to describe
what he was doing).
also appeared on night music, around 1989.
wikstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org) - ultimate audio
entertainment - http://www.morganagren.com/
mats/morgan "live": this album was recorded during the bands latest
tour and is jam-packed with knock-yer-socks-off performances. this year
mats/morgan celebrate 20 years of being a musical entity, and to celebrate this
they enbarke on yet another tour. if you have your way through stockholm on
february 27-28 (2001), we are having a release party at fasching, and you're
invited!!. guests include denny walley, ali askin, todd yvega, and the ever so
amazing artis the spoonman!
seman (email@example.com) - date: 6
feb 2002 14:51:30 -0800
i had the great pleasure of spending a few moments with artis the spoonman
yesterday, and asked him about his encounters with zappa.
an already animated artis jumped up, we were standing by the stage in an
empty hall, and just about lost his mind.
"he's brilliant! he's so brilliant! he's so brilliant!" resounded through the hall.
he told me about having his first meet and greet in a hotel lobby in oregon while fz was in town for a 3/27/80 macarthur court show, whereupon frank exclaimed, "you've gotta be on television," or something close to that, which struck artis as odd, frank not (yet) being known as a tv-type guy. he described playing "man against machine" onstage 10/30/81 at the palladium against "wendell the drum machine", and how he got to conduct zappa. i don't have a copy of the show (and does anyone, because i promised i'd find artis one), but apparently after fz cuts off "wendell", artis continues on in a big ol' cadenza, and then cues frank back in. he had a hell of a grin on his face describing that to me, as if it were a highlight of his career, him conducting the master.
he mentions fz twice in his short program bio, and so i asked him where exactly does he appear on an fz recording. his answer is dance me this and civilization phaze III. no foolin. he only figured it out a couple years ago, but during "this is all wrong" you can hear him, live and unedited, not sampled (unless the sample is the whole clip, todd?) for about 10 seconds behind the dialogue, flipping out like he do. he explained this as an incredible stroke of zappa brilliance, because his spooning/body percussion sounds somewhat like a rainstick, and then a real rainstick does come in a few seconds later. is that a real rainstick or is that a sears rainstick?
check this out:
cpIII disc 2, track 9, "this is all wrong"
0:28 - artis enters, after, "...we could probably be alone."
0:37 - artis out.
1:09 - cue rainstick
brilliant, as the man said. artis then lamented he leant someone his copy of cpIII and never got it back. do you have it? it has his name on it. he wants it.
also, if anyone has a tape of the 10/30/81 show with artis vs. wendell, please contact me, as he doesn't and would love to hear it, and so would i.
(john seman, seattle, wa)
i made an mp3 of the little spoon solo and put it up on http://home.swipnet.se/fzshows/spoonman.mp3
his description doesn't really match what's audible on the tape, though.frank says that artis sat in with them at the eugene 3/27/80 show too, but i've never found this on my tapes from that show.