Drummer Ari Hoenig is a playful person. Just look at the title ofhis most recent album: Bert's Playground. You might think that itrefers to a club or rehearsal room but it turns out to be agoldfish's bowl. Hoenig (Philadelphia, 1973) is a remarkable,melodic percussionist, a master craftsman who does not just strike,but tells a story with his 'talking drum' technique. His owncompositions are full of finesses. Hoenig performs with a line-upthat - according to him - is sometimes called Ari Hoenig Group andsometimes Punk Bop. At other times, he prefers The Pussycats, orThe Cow Tones. All jokes that add additional color to the work ofthis exceptional drummer/composer/arranger. Ari Hoenig is obsessedwith exploring the melodic aspects of his instrument. That is whyhe gives so many solo concerts alongside his work with Punk Bopwhich usually performs as quartet (sometimes with a guest artistlike another saxophonist). A concert of this percussionist will bea surprise, even for connoisseurs.