Playing Found Objects: Bufa & Sons (Video)

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Here's something that should put a grin on your face.

I only found out about Xavi Lozano because someone dragged me to the other side of the trade fair of the Fira Mediterranea de Manresa saying "you MUST hear this man!"

Mr. Lozano who heads up the trio Bufa & Sons is one of those people who can extract music from just about anything he picks up, in this case, anything tubular. When I approached the area they had staked out for their performance, I saw a collection of familiar but unlikely objects on the floor: a bicycle handlebar complete with bell and squeezy horns, a ladder, a street barricade, a wheel, a broom....

In the course of the next half hour, Mr. Lozano proceeded to play engaging music on all these objects. I have heard that he can also play an olive and a macaroon!

I am here presenting his music played on Bicycle Handlebars and then Street Barricade. The first is a catchy piece of pure whimsy; the second is cool and lyrical, both are original. Not surprisingly he has hosted his own children's show in Catalonia, called "L'atrapasons" and gives workshops for children on making instruments from recycled objects.

And no, it's not a family act; in Catalan, "bufa" means "to blow" and "sons" means "sounds." Rounding out the trio, is Guillem Aguilar on bass, and Marc Vila on percussion. Though unrelated, they have obviously played together for a while (they are all members of a supergroup called Coetus, the Iberian Percussion Orchestra) and the chemistry is excellent. I just wish the audio was better, or the hall less noisy, but that's what you get with only camcorder sound in a convention center.

By the way, it turns out that I had caught Mr. Lozano on video before....He can be heard singing and playing with the wonderful singer Eliseo Parra -also a member of Coetus -- here.

for more information about Bufa & Sons: obsidiana.cat/bufa&sons