What is The Harmonica Pocket?
The Harmonica Pocket begins simply as the swinging songs of composer Keeth Monta Apgar. Keeth delivers storytelling lyrics accompanied by thick jazz chord progressions wrapped up into thoughtful, mature songs.
Keeth’s songs are brought to life by a rotating musical pop-gang of friends. Harmonica Pocket songs are as diverse as the players who play on them. Along with numerous other musicians, instruments, and sounds, Harmonica Pocket regulars include:
* Keeth Monta Apgar– acoustic wah-wah guitar
* Jon Ryser– alto saxophone
* Nala Walla – vocal harmony and hula hoop
* Lorne Watson– congas / drum kit
As both a recording and live performance project, The Harmonica Pocket is known for its outside-the-box, headphone-pop, and highly improvised live shows laced with unusual cover songs. The Harmonica Pocket also has a touring children's show which has performed in sold out theaters, in classrooms, libraries, clubs, and festivals.
The Harmonica Pocket's 2008 release Ladybug One, a Parent's Choice Award winner, is a truly all-ages album made for kids and adults to listen to together. The album was recorded off the grid using solar electricity and is full of genre-crossing originals and twists on traditional folk songs. Reknown kid's music blogger Warren Truitt of KidsMusicThatRocks.com said "You won't hear arrangements like this on any other album for children."
From the opening soundscape the LIght of a Firefly featuring a science lesson presented by an 8 year old, straight into the 60s inspired pop-jazzy Firefly; or from the supercatchy horn-laden reggae counting song Ladybug 123 to the darkest version of The Alphabet Song you've ever heard (complete with wah-wah guitar and electronic beats), The Harmonica Pocket consistently takes musical risks and colors outside the lines of what everyone else is doing.
Ladybug One also includes a version of the traditional O Susanna in 5/4 time with sitar and tabla accompaniment and then chills out listeners with six tracks of "bedtime music" for the napping crowd. The colorful cd release contains illustrated liner notes, lyrics, and a letter to listeners.
The Harmonica Pocket's music has charted on core college and non-commercial CMJ radio stations around the country, satellite radio stations, is being played on MTV and other cable stations, and is currently being downloaded all over the planet.
Pull up a tea cup and put on some Harmonica Pocket. Your ears will smile.