All around us, an exquisite musical instrument hides in plain sight: the leaf.
In the hands of a master player, a humble leaf becomes a reed instrument like no other. Leaf playing has a long history in many nations around the world, including China, Cambodia, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Nepal. This Make Music Day, we celebrate these traditions, and invite music fans to find their favorite tree to try the world’s most common uncommon instrument.
On June 21, 2021, the Make Music Alliance presented a Global Leaf Music Symposium featuring leaf artists from four continents! Watch the replay below. Want to give leaf playing a try? Scroll down to watch our special Make Music Day leafophone tutorial!
Featured artists (click on their names to follow them on YouTube!)
Shigeo Morita (Japan)
Pulkebi Chung Keun Kim (South Korea)
Herb Patten (Australia)
Angel Zoilo (Cuba)
Larry Lai (Hong Kong)
Chen Hong Chi (Taiwan)
Zul Azmi (Indonesia)
Adolph van der Walt (South Africa)
The symposium streamed live on June 21, 2021 at 9:00am ET. Watch the replay below!