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Craig Shropshire
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KOBUSHI taiko drummers
Impending Bloom
Geographical location: the Dull-ass TX region
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DOB: `53
Enjoy these Styles and musical qualities: Canterbury, Difficult, Electronic, Kosmiche or Kraut Rock, Jazz, Humor, RIO, Musique Concrète, Space, Psychedelic, Zeuhl
Other styles/genres/qualities of music that I like not listed above: The totally un-classifiable.
Favorite or well-respected bands/artists SOFT MACHINE , MAGMA, DANIELLE DAX, CATHERINE RIBEIRO, FRANCO BATTIATO, IGOR WAKHEVITCH, ROXY MUSIC, Silver Apples, Henry Threadgill, Alice and John Coltrane, Albert Marcoeur,Jon Hassell, This Heat, Faust, Supersilent, Wapassou, Talk Talk, Lemon Kittens, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Eno, Arthur Brown, King Crimson, The Stooges (first 2), Moving Gelatine Plates, Frank Zappa, Sun Ra, Nico, Jimi Hendrix, Os Mutantes, Thinking Plague, Eskaton, Amon Duul II, Matching Mole, Heldon, Lard Free, Pierrot Lunaire, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Miles Davis, Univers Zero, The Birthday Party, Art Zoyd, AREA, Bowie, Cocteau Twins, CAN, Weidorje
Dislike these Styles and musical qualities: Heavy Metal, Noise/Industrial/Urban, Mainstream/Accessible/Pop, Traditional
Musical styles or qualities that I do not like: most Heavy Metal, rap in general, most C&W, and most Mainstream/Accessible/Pop (there can always be some exceptions in the above)
Mainstream/Consumer Zombie Pop (there WAS/is good 'pop' music out there. It`s not all 'product')
Occupation(s): Chef / Musician
Other musical activities: I play and perform percussion and various hand drums ... (Udu clay pottery drums, ghatam, kanjira, tabla) also talking drums ,taiko drums , and pretty much anything I encounter which resonates well .

I've been a member of KOBUSHI (Japanese taiko drum & world music ensemble) for over a decade.

My own current project is a new quintet called IMPENDING BLOOM (Floating Ensemble). The group consists of lots and LOTS of drums & percussion from all over the world, as well as MANY various flutes, sax, douduk, esraj, acoustic and electric guitars, 12-string guitar , sitar, and electric / acoustic violin. Sometimes we augment things with guest musicians (oud, kora, keys)

Please visit our website ! www.ImpendingBLOOM.net

Hobbies / obsessions: listening to as much awesome music as time will allow (prolly 12-16 hours a day)
Other comments: I`m still learning..........