The "spoons" as a musical instrument are the later cousins of the ancient,
Irish bones. Spoons are two pieces of flatware held in one hand and rhythmically
struck back and forth between the hand and thigh. Combined with a series of different
hand positions and finger manipulations, this instrument can produce intricate
rhythms. Spoons are made of varying types of wood and metal.
The WORLD BEATS video features live,
costumed performances of ancient, ethnic, percussive traditions. Aaron Plunkett
puts it all together in this fascinating 33 minute program. SEE