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A Percussion Sensation

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

STOMP brings a musical explosion back to NW Iowa

Remember the crazy drummer kid from your high school band? The one who played Motley Crue songs on the lockers with number two pencil drumsticks as he wandered down the halls?

Multiply that guy by eight and throw in a bunch of junk and a theatrical flair, and you have STOMP.

Explosive, sophisticated and sexy, the international percussion sensation uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to make music. Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. Trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, banana peels, hubcaps and yes, literally the kitchen sink - anything the young performers can get their hands on are used to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.

As USA Today says, "STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places."

The eight-artist troupe returns to the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City February 3 and 4. They will debut two all-new routines for 2009, and promise some extra surprises - utilizing the likes of tractor tire inner tubes worn around the waist with bungee cords and a paint cans drum line. Tickets for STOMP, ranging from $29.50 to $49, are on sale now at the Tyson Events Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Co-creator Steve McNicholas said the group had a lot of fun reworking the show. "STOMP has evolved a great deal ever since its first incarnation at the Edinburgh Festival. Every reworking has involved losing some pieces and gaining new ones, but has always stayed true to the original premise of the show: to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects, and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor."

For many years, the creators had looked for a STOMP equivalent of the Latin percussion instrument the guiro, a gourd-shaped open-ended instrument with ridges along the side that are rubbed by a wooden stick to create its sound. The climactic trashcan sequence "Bins" has been restructured to include a guiro-like new found instrument: strip-lighting recycling containers.

STOMP began as an avant guarde street performance in the United Kingdom, and has been touring for 14 years.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past fourteen years, having performed in over 350 cities in 36 countries.