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Unheard Moondog miniatures unearthed

Two Moondog interpreters revisit the late composer’s more concise works

Dominique Ponty and Stefan Lakatos have recorded a new Moondog album containing known and previously unpublished miniatures spanning the composer’s lifetime.

Called Piano Trimba, a number of pieces included on this recording were originally dedicated to French pianist Ponty, who with Lakatos on trimba – a percussion instrument invented by Moondog in the late 1940s – had known and collaborated with Moondog before his death in 1999. “Stefan Lakatos is the leading exponent of the Moondog method of drum playing,” wrote Louis Hardin aka Moondog about the Swedish artist and musician he got to know and work with in the 1980s.

Piano Trimba is released on 27 September by Shiiin.