Boston-based Exotica band Waitiki has announced a change in its lineup. Drummer and pandologist Space Kadet (a.k.a. Abe Lagrimas) is moving back to his home state of Hawaii. Enter Bobby Bongo (a.k.a. Robert Schultz), an accomplished percussionist who has played with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, and is principal percussionist for a number of other ensembles. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for Best Small Ensemble Performance for his work on Yehudi Wyner’s The Mirror. But the real question is — will he be able to skin the goats? All indications point to yes. From the Waitiki website:
The Boston Globe has referenced his work as “subtle, with cat-like alertness,” his musicianship as “dazzling” and his performance as “spellbinding.”
Well, that’s good enough for me. Okonkulú and wishes for the best of fortune for both Space Kadet and Bobby Bongo!