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Buskers perform in NYC subway, but sax player’s dance moves and electro sounds steal the show

January 17th, 2020

One of the best things about living in a big city are all the unpredictable sights and sounds you’re likely to see.

Whether you’re on one of the coasts or somewhere in the middle of the country, cities tend to draw many different kinds of people with many different kinds of talents.

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One of the places that you’ll see these most often is on public transportation—particularly if you live in New York City. As many people probably know, there’s no telling what kind of street performers you’ll see when you’re on the subway.

And the video we’re talking about today is just another example of that.

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The clip was originally posted in April 2016 and depicts a popular group called Too Many Zooz.

While the group is not a household name, Too Many Zooz is a high-intensity trio that plays original music on the baritone saxophone, the trumpet and the drums.

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The group consists of Leo Pellegrino, Matt Muirhead and David Parks. Too Many Zooz formed at the Manhattan School of Music after Pellegrino and Muirhead met, later adding in Parks as a drummer. Once they had a lineup, they started busking.

And this clip is one of their many memorable performances.

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As it begins, Pellegrino can be seen standing with his sax in front of a “Union Square” sign.

After that he immediately busts into some incredibly fast sax playing while Parks hammers away on the drums. The two of them have a bucket between them to collect money from passersby as the rhythm continues.

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Although we usually think of orchestral instruments as somewhat boring or formal, this group has a totally different approach. If anything, it sounds almost electronic!

In the middle, there’s a strange musical break where Pellegrino adds in some spooky atmosphere.

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When he’s done with that, there’s a “beat drop” and the whole thing seems to transform into a techno song!

The entire time, the two musicians never lose their groove and plenty of people come up to give them money for their efforts.

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Although Pellegrino had already been doing some dance moves in the beginning, towards the end he starts doing robotic dance moves in circles over and over again without missing a beat.

Although there are plenty of buskers out there, few of them can capture a crowd’s attention quite like these guys did!

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Since the clip was posted, it has earned more than three million views on YouTube—and the group has only grown in stature!

Though they also have music available on streaming services like Spotify, the group has done their own music videos and other YouTube performance as well. If you like the above, it’s definitely worthwhile to check out another clip they posted from 2014 which features all three musicians playing in the same spot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMe6Y8GDVEI

Just like the other one, their sound is crisp and their vibe is infectious. Although they’re a noisy group, they do a great job of emulating electronic dance music using only a few simple instruments. If you’re ever in New York City, be sure to keep your eyes open for these three!

Congratulations to Too Many Zooz on all their success! Be sure to watch the entire clip in the link below:

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