"Just because it's joyous, doesn't mean it's not serious."
-- Lexa Walsh
If fond memories of your childhood include a brightly colored xylophone, plastic saxophone or Fraggle Rock drum kit, then you'd probably enjoy Toychestra. The group began as a one-off performance in 1996 for a women's music festival at Hotel Utah, when they decided to abandon their regular instruments and play only toys. Their songs were a hit, and Toychestra was born.
Since then, Toychestra has played for a diverse audience in various venues, including rock clubs, experimental music venues and classrooms. In addition to their original compositions, the group plays covers of such diverse artists ranging from Dvorak to Black Flag. They have made several recordings, including a collaborative effort with Dan Plonsey and Fred Frith called "Concerto for Guitar and Toy Orchestra."
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.