If there was a prize given out for the Professional Musician With the Most Unusual Hobby, Payton MacDonald
would certainly take home the title. He's an arachnoculturist
(fancy term for spider keeper) and proud owner of over 70 tarantulas, also giving a presentation at the 10th Annual American Tarantula Society Conference last year. MacDoanld also happens to be a sought after percussionist and composer, with his pieces performed by stand-out ensembles like Alarm Will Sound
and So Percussion
. Tonight we hear him performing his Ascending Sunshine Shaman (homage to Terry Riley)
. Also, music of Bill Whelan
and Morton Gould
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