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Saturday, December 12, the New York Times

Strictly Music, by James Coontz, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic



Fellow lovers of fine music, it is my great privilege to tell you of the experience that is Boom-Boom Kitty. Yes, that is the name of this musical organisation- Boom-Boom Kitty! Take note of that name, for soon it will be everywhere!

I must tell you that only last night, as I waited to hear this group, I was torn by feelings of impatience and disappointment: impatience, because I wanted to be a thousand miles away from what I was certain would be an act that was beneath my notice; disappointment, because I had been pulled off a classical assignment I'd been looking forward to for several months!

Don't be fooled by the name of this musical organisation! The name is not intended to be lewd or suggestive. The band is named for its mascot, a kitten that belongs to one of the group's two drummers.

Yes, two drummers! And that is only the beginning of what is unusual about this band:

The sound and light system are something wholly new and never before seen. Lights and speakers alike surround the audience, and the sound is unlike anything ever heard. There are no words to describe what I experienced- you will have to be patient, and be sure to see this act for yourself when they perform at a city near you.

Prepared for disappointment, the gallery of critics and other professional experts was wholly unprepared for the awe and wonder that is Boom-Boom Kitty. This band did not merely begin to play. No "power-chords" or other cheap, trite devices began their performance. Instead, Boom-Boom Kitty thundered to life like a machine made of sound and light and virtuosic pyrotechnics. And something happened then that I have never before experienced: all of we jaded, tired old experts, every last one of us, were out of our seats and running for the stage, in order to get as close as possible to this impossible experience!

The centrepiece of this organisation is the youngest girl of this six-member group, Yelina, who from the centre of the most massive drum-kit ever built, sallied forth with a physical, visceral, throbbing, pulsing beat that in itself seemed a living thing. This blonde, pig-tailed, gum-chewing, massive-stick-swinging little girl, besides having the "cute"-factor going for her, is the heart and soul of this organisation, while the other drummer, Kiko, who plays a daunting array of electronic percussion, is the captain.

The rudder of the good ship Boom-Boom Kitty is the bass-player, Tina, a sturdily-built girl who is a true master of the 6-string electric bass. The remaining three members, sisters Mary and Penny, and Asta, performed on a variety of instruments, some of them new, some of them electronic adaptations of known instruments, such as the xylophone and an early form of synthesiser known as a "theremin", that consists of a small wooden box on legs standing waist-high, that has two aerials protruding from it. This instrument is played by the artful manipulation of the hands and arms through the magnetic field that passes between the two aerials . . .



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