Shodekeh Bouma @ Artscape/Exotic Hypnotic, Langsdale Auditorium, July 22, 2007, Baltimore, MD
Shodekeh is incredible, amazing, talented and extremely smart. And after hearing him speak with the audience about his approach to beat boxing I'm wondering if he realizes just how good he is. Bouma has taken beat boxing to a completely different level as his vocabulary of drum kit sounds has long since become an artistic approach to sound with all the skill of any virtuoso. His openness and willingness to attempt any sound makes him an astonishing solo artist and a great collaborator in any number of contexts. I'd be curious to hear him work with Brian Sacawa as a logical extension of his exploration of beat-based environments with the saxophone. Shodekeh was at his best when he just let go and did a free-form improvisation. I could listen to that all night.