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"The Junkman™ is the Max Roach of the dumpster!"

The Junkman™ is the Max Roach of the dumpster! - Washington Post

"BRAT Magazine"

...unusual, completely independent and wholly cool!
- BRAT Magazine

"The Village Voice"

"...the legendary percussion virtuoso." - The Village Voice

"Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)"

A mind-blowing experience! - NBC

"Dirty Linen"

Starting with John Cage, there have been quite a few composers who have worked with junk and found objects to create their music. However, nobody does it with quite as much finesse as Donald Knaack.
- Dirty Linen

"The New York Times"

"...a virtuoso percussionist" - The New York Times


Junk Music - 1999, Moo Music
Junk Music 2 - 2003, Moo Music
NatRes + MoNa + Man - 2011, Moo Music



About The Junkman™

Donald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) is a classically trained percussionist and composer who has used recycled materials as his instruments of music since long before the eco-green movement was cool. He’s the Daddy of Eco-Beat!! He calls it Junk Music™ and it all began with his mentor and collaborator, John Cage encouraged the further development of his attraction to the sounds of found objects. He’s performed at Lincoln Center, The Van’s Warped Tour (with Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182), The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, Sundance Film Festival, concerts with Phish, Seoul Drum Festival, Summer Series Dubai, many schools and colleges and a solo concert at the United Nation’s COP 16 Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, where he was awarded the “Cantando por el Planeta” award by the Federal Government of Mexico for is HOP (Help Our Planet) environmental education program for schools. His HOP program was also a recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

His music has been used in major television commercials for The NBA, ESPN and Electronic Arts. He and his music have been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News, National Public Radio, BBC, Associated Press and a front-page story in Billboard magazine. He will be featured in an upcoming issue of Disney’s Family Fun magazine.

He is currently developing and producing a children’s television show about music and the environment called Junk Music with The Junkman, and has a new, one man musical/visual/theatrical extravaganza entitled BEAT IT! with The Junkman™.

He recently completed a 2 ½ week tour in Alaska sponsored by The US Environmental Protection Agency. In October, K2 will release its latest NBA game, NBA2K13, featuring the music of The Junkman.

The Junkman celebrates Earth Day every year with a Global Junkjam with students and musicians all over the world through Google Plus Hangouts.

www. junkmusic.org