glenn kotche : a drummer's version of the ramayana

Glenn Kotche is known best as the drummer from Wilco. I heard him perform his solo work, however, on a recent RadioLab episode. The piece he played, "Monkey Chant", is a musical representation of a tale from the sacred Hindu text, the Ramayana.

As he explains in this video, each character has a different sound on his tricked out drum kit. It is an incredible composition and an awesome display -- how does one person make that many sounds and also keep in time? Rub your belly and pat your head...and then listen to the full performance streaming from the RadioLab website. Glenn's album, Mobile, is also available for purchase online.