Harmonicast with Bob Kessler

Harmonicast Episode 14 - Yuri Lane, tribute to Toots Thielemans

August 23, 2016

Yuri Lane combines beatbox and harmonica, traveling the globe bringing this art form to streets, clubs, and theaters. As an actor, his one-man plays use beatbox, acting, mime, dance and harmonica to tell a story. He's a compelling performer and a fine vegetarian cook too! We talk about being one of the first performers to "go viral" on YouTube, his fusion of beatbox and harmonica, and how his years as a child actor inform his career today.

The news of Toots Thielemans' passing at age 94 came just as I was putting this episode together and includes a tribute to the man and his music. We'll spend more time in a future episode celebrating his contribution to harmonica and music in general, which cannot be overstated.