What's the difference between Professor Stephen Hawking and SOIFUA drummer Lennie?
None. They both exemplify "event horizons."
When we first met Lennie, we did not realise that he is the father of 5 girls. ALL of them are talented Cook Island dancers and performers. In his rugby-mad youth Lennie not only played sport like a demon he also had a dance group that he toured overseas!
At SOIFUA's practices, rehearsals, and performances Lennie is a bulwark of reassuring rhythm and beat - not always to the complete liking of our Artistic Director but stylistically expressionist. And very individualistic. What drum, in particular, is Lennie's favourite? The bongo. Want to make a bongo sing? Come to SOIFUA practices and sit next to Lennie. And learn!
But event horizons are not mere points in space. And neither is Lennie. Despite some of our efforts to persuade him, he refuses to take us seriously when we push him to create a comic routine for our performances. Comic routine? Involving drums? Well .. the bongo in particular! If you're fortunate, you'll see Lennie's comic humour during a SOIFUA practice.
And if you, and we, are very, very fortunate, we may one day see Lennie's humour on stage. Until then? Listen to the beat!