• Léon also has the “big brother” of the biting, commonly used in carnatic kutcheris. He shows three kinds, all made of bamboo. “One is used in Nepal (Murchunga), one in Assam (Gogona) and this one in Indonesia (Kubing),” he says and proceeds to how each sounds different, although they look alike. “I’ve tried and tried but I just can’t do it. It’s so tricky and tricky. I’ve lost 15-16 bamboos in my trials,” he laments. “It seems easy, but it is very difficult.”
  • Another acquisition is the Hapi Drum (the name comes from the company that makes it). “It’s been around for seven to eight years. Originally it was called tank drum because it was made from propane tanks in which slots were cut. Now they are laser cut. And did he make them? “Of course, with a Petromax tank. It was a super hit and I used it for gigs. Now made of metal, the undulating notes recall jalatarangam, but with a metal connotation. Leon finishes his demo and wrings his hand. “It’s hard, since we’re actually hammering on it with our fingers,” he grimaces.