I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I noticed a friend post a video about a band performing in Union Square (NYC) that was such a great performance – with incredible vocals – that I found myself wanting to see and hear more. The band is named “Brothers Moving,” and they came together in NYC in 2008, formed by brothers Esben Knoblauch (lead vocals, guitar, kazoo), Aske Knoblauch (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Simon Knoblauch (cajon) along with Nils Sorensen (bass). As I was looking around on YouTube, I found this video, where they play “Roxanne” by the Police on the edge of the Grand Canyon! Maybe their camera person did a fantastic job of filming from an angle that makes their position look dangerous, but the idea of a band heading to the Grand Canyon to shoot a video – and their precarious placement – along with their rendition of this great song – all had me smiling throughout.
I also wanted to post this particular video since I was just talking about the Grand Canyon the other day, with the idea that one could fill it up with all of the people on earth.
One more thing – if you’re like me, you’ll notice the percussionist sitting on that box, tapping away, and wonder: what is that thing? I learned something new, it’s called a Cajon, and it’s a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (which are generally made with thin plywood). For a band that got its start playing in the streets, the choice of a cajon over a drum set certainly makes sense when it comes to carrying the equipment around to different locations!
I see from a search that the cajon used by Simon Knoblauch is a Meinl Cajon, and you can see more of them here.