Leonard Solomon’s Majestic Bellowphone, Oomphalapompatronium, and the Emphatic Chromatic Forte Calliopianope

Leonard Solomon has been called the Dr. Seuss of street performers and after watching his musically whimsical performances on his unusual and imaginative hand-built instruments, the moniker is more than apt. He studied guitar and early music at Antioch College and played in a country rock band for a couple of years after graduation. He moved to Boston where he learned the fine arts of cabinetry, working in this trade for ten years. That was when the Bellowphone was invented and he realized in his early thirties that he could actually make more money performing than he could in the woodshop.

His instruments are made mostly out of found objects and crafted in his basement woodshop. His instruments are not only played, but also have been shown in exhibitions in museums and galleries as well. But, of course, they are meant to be played and Solomon’s energetic individuality animates these amazing sculptural creations with a genuine joy and inspiration.

His wild and imaginative artistry reminds us all of the unique magic and delight we human beings are fully capable of producing when we allow ourselves.

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Overview of Solomon’s workshop

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2 Responses to Leonard Solomon’s Majestic Bellowphone, Oomphalapompatronium, and the Emphatic Chromatic Forte Calliopianope

  1. writeejit says:

    Fascinating! Thanks so much for bringing this guy to my attention. His creations are amazing, and he has showmanship to match.

  2. Jerome Bloom says:

    AMAZING AAA MMM AA ZZZZIINNGGG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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