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"The Raven" is Here!Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!
To celebrate the birth of this ground-breaking American author, check out my single, "The Raven." Featuring the vocal talents of Michael Douglas Jones and a symphonic junk-percussion backing track, it's a never before hearn version of "Nevermore!"
For a live performance of "The Raven," visit the Winter Festival at The Gateway...
The Raven is Coming!Coming to you on January 19th, 2017, The Junkman™'s latest composition is currently at the CD manufacturer... and it's awesome!
Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven features narration by Michael Douglas Jones, one of the greatest voices in new American music, and a masterful mood-setting orchestral junk percussion backing track by none other than The Junkman™,...
Thanks to the Smithsonian Art MuseumThanks to Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery for an amazing experience this past Saturday. Playing the family Halloween Party in their courtyard and getting to work with their dedicated, friendly, and professional staff was, in the words of the Count, "fang-tastic!"
Also, a huge thanks to Class Acts Arts for making this...
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Junk Music™ Summer Recap!
Concert CancellationGood morning, friends. A quick note to inform everyone that my Saturday, August 15th concert at SVAC has been cancelled.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to seeing you all at my next VT event, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire in September!
Last FREE Junkjam of the Season is Today!It's slightly overcast out there, but that means we'll need less sunscreen!
Today's FREE Junkjam will be held at Manchester Village Green from noon to 1PM AS SCHEDULED. Help us say "goodbye" to June and "hello" to July and hot summer fun by playing along with The Junkman™!
BYOJ (Bring Your Own Junk) or use the...
The Last June Junkjam™We're coming up on the last FREE June Junkjam this Saturday, June 27th at noon on the Manchester Village Green, Manchester Center, VT.
In case of rain, the Jam will take place at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, in the Hunter Room. If there is a chance of inclement weather, check this page...
Free June Junk Jams!!!A reminder that there will be a FREE Junk Jam™ tomorrow, June 20, and Saturday June 27 at the Town Green in Manchester Center, VT from noon to 1pm. Everyone is welcome to play along with The Junkman™, regardless of musical experience.
Bring Your Own Junk or use the junk and sticks provided by The...
The Junkman™Kicks Off a Month of Summer Fun in D.C. And VirginiaLooking to escape the heat this July? The Junkman™, Donald Knaack, will be bringing his unique blend of music, environmental awareness, and family fun to the D.C. and Coastal Virginia area with a series of engagements designed to dazzle and delight audiences both young and old. Be it pounding out hypnotic beats on hubcaps,...
The Junkman™ on New England Cable NewsCheck out the Junkman's Earth Day 2015 interview with Jack Thurston of New England Cable News!
Holiday PromotionAll three of the Junkman's™ albums are available for digital download in a special holiday bundle that costs just $15. That's half off the individual album list price!
Check it out here:
International Make Your Own Instrument Day is June 21st!
Hey Parents and Teachers,
Check out this event that’s happening June 21st at The World Cafe Live in Philadelphia!!!
The Junkman Added To List
The Junkman™ has just been added to the Approved Artist list for the New England Foundation for the Arts’, New England States Touring Roster (NEST).
This means that financial assistance up to 50% may be available to New England Nonprofit organizations for a residency and/or concert performance by The Junkman™. For more information, visit: www.nefa.org.
The Junkman™ visits Tucumcari, New Mexico!Check out the five minute recap video of The Junkman’s recent residency at the Tucumcari Elementary School in New Mexico! He helped the students construct & learn to perform on a large sound sculpture that remains at the school!!!!:
The Junkman™ is at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire this weekend!Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/ChamplainMakerFaire?ref=profile
Sandymount students make music with The Junkman™By Laura Dukes Times Correspondent – Carroll County Times
He called himself “The Junkman,” but on Monday, Donald Knaack delivered lessons to Sandymount Elementary School students that many would consider golden.
During the PTA-sponsored presentation, Knaack, a Vermont resident, taught students how to appreciate reused products as musical instruments. He delivered a few anecdotes about life...
Global Junkjam™ 2013! – A Great Success!On April 27th, 2013 The Junkman™ jammed live in MD,and on the Internet with three locations world-wide!
Led by The Junkman™, Donald Knaack, this free rain-or-shine percussion jam found participants jamming out with provided sticks, pieces of junk, and repurposed materials. Fans of a better earth, from all walks of life, all ages were invited...
Of all the artists that have done residencies in my tenure in education, The Junkman was the best. I was extremely impressed with his message and what he was able to accomplish with the students.
Lakeview Elementary School, Greensboro, VT
Our teachers say it was the best assembly we have ever had!
Michael J. Peterides School, Staten Island, NY
On a scale of one to ten with ten the highest, we rate The Junkman a ten!
Seabrook Middle School, Seabrook, NH
He introduced the students to new and relevant information about percussion, music, acoustics, the environment and construction.
Tucumcari Elementary School, Tucumcari, NM
I wanted to thank you for coming to our school and doing such a great job with our kids. The students had a unique, valuable, and enjoyable experience in your workshop and performance.
Bellport High School, Bellport, NY
We all learned something from this wonderful presentation!
Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Thank you for your energy and passion!
The Academy, Charlemont, MA
Donald Knaack is both a talented and capable teacher that enriched the school environment as well as the whole child.
Underhill Central School, Underhill Center, VT
Staff members noted this was one of the best residencies ever held at the school.
Craftsbury Schools, Craftsbury, VT
Starting with John Cage, there have been quite a few composers who have worked with junk and found objects to create their music. However, nobody does it with quite as much finesse as Donald Knaack.
A mind-blowing experience!
Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)
…a virtuoso percussionist.
The New York Times
It really cooked!
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
…the legendary percussion virtuoso.
The Village Voice
The Junkman’s music and his instruments are provocative and entirely innovative.
Guia del Gocio, Madrid, Spain
It’s Stomp on acid!
…virtuoso playing worth hearing.
Music of tremendous power and wide-ranging temperaments.
The Junkman totally captivated the Kansas City International Jazz Festival audience…
Jazz Ambassadors Magazine
…unusual, completely independent and wholly cool!
The workshops are stimulating and unique. Exposing students to the recycling message that a discarded object can be reborn into a completely new function and using this method to create music is an educational approach that is worthwhile.
Stratton Arts Festival
It was really great! People loved how the kids were so responsive and for many the Junk Jam was their favorite part. The music felt very powerful when the whole audience was playing together. Thanks for a great show!
Sea Cliff Elementary School
You are a very gifted teacher!
Dorset Elementary School
Not only does Knaack bring out the music in an object, he does the same with people. With his friendly support and cooperation, this event was planned by the Cultural Center and Knaack as a Family Day of conservation-related crafts and music workshops. The Junkman’s unpretentious humanitarianism, talents, and simple love for playing percussion provided all at once a great concert, a musically educational experience and a happy day for our Staten Island community.