History Wild Carrot
Linsey Pollak - The Carrot Musician
Here's a guy who can do incredible things with a simple carrot. When
Linsey hits the stage expect the unexpected!
What does he do?? he plays carrots - Yes!! combining comedy with music
making, and generally giving people a good time.
He is a home-styled kitchenhand with a difference. He’s
eccentric, hilarious and totally irresistable. And he lives in a musical world
where all is possible.... From the moment that he walks into the
kitchen, everything becomes musical. He even transforms a carrot into a clarinet
before our very eyes. Using digital technology to record sounds
instantaneously the audience is able to see each piece being constructed layer
by layer, with all the sounds coming from the cooking utensils and food.
This musical world that Linsey creates is more than a
series of clever tricks. It is an aural world of depth, energy and beauty.
Although the materials are disconcertingly simple, the music itself is complex,
rich and emotive, ranging from energetic and percussive cross rhythms to
haunting and lyrical woodwind (or should we say vegiewind) melodies.
Linsey Pollak is an artist with a reputation for not only creating, but also
playing instruments made out of everything from carrots, watering cans, chairs,
bins and brooms to rubber gloves. For over 30 years, he has toured in Australia, Asia, the
Americas and Europe.
|Linsey is well known all around Australia as a musician,
instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music
He has worked as a musical instrument maker for over 20 years
designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in
woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes
in Macedonia). He has specialised in designing and making marimbas and other
tuned percussion. His ongoing obsession combines much of this: Making music
more accessible to the Community through musical instrument making and
Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from rubber
gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms, bins, and other found
objects. First developed in his solo show “Bang it with a Fork” and further
in the acclaimed children’s show “Out of the Frying Pan”, this line of
musical inventiveness has ultimately led him to also encompass modern
digital technology and develop his solo shows “Knocking on Kevin’s Door” ,
“Playpen”, “The Art of Food” and "Making Jam" and the larger scale outdoor
environmental performance “Bim...BamBoo!!” More recently he is using a midi
wind controller to play and loop samples of everything from voices to frogs.
He is currently building a musical installation where the sound of frogs are
triggered when large aluminium frogs are hit with a stream of water
Linsey Pollak is one of Australia's most brilliant and under-rated
composer/musicians. He is wildly innovative in the use of instruments but never
lets his experimentation get in the way of the musicality of a work.
See also the people who play carrot pan pipes! -