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"Whoa. What Is This?!": Todd Green Plays Dozens of Unusual Musical Instruments as Quad City Arts' Latest Visiting Artist
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-11-04 12:00:00

Todd GreenTodd Green, the latest guest in Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist series, began his professional career as a guitarist. Yet the musician knows that whenever he performs at one of his many school engagements, the guitar is perhaps the last instrument the kids will be interested in.

“I have a berimbau,” says Green during a recent phone interview, “which is a very unusual, bow-and-arrow-looking thing that you play percussion on. They really like that. And then, you know, there’s silly stuff. Like, I have animal toenails, I call them. It’s actually goat hooves that are all hooked together and make a percussion sound.

“Usually it’s the weirdest ones, you know?” says Green with a laugh. “Especially with the really young kids. You can read their faces – their mouths are open and their eyes are all big – and you can just see them going, ‘Whoa. What is this?!’”

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