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Sigmund Snopek III - April 2004
Author: Gene Peterson
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Sigmund Snopek III - April 2004

photos courtesy of  SigmundSnopek.comOn a cool Monday night in January at Linneman’s River West Inn, I talked with Sigmund Snopek III on his breaks while he was improvising with cellist Janet Schiff. Instead of six to twelve keyboards, which he sometimes plays, he only had two. There was, however, an oboe, flute, trombone and an ancient looking English hunting horn on stage. I asked for a little background, and he replied “I’m 53 years old, started playing professionally at 16, so I’m in my fifth decade of performing, writing and recording music. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra played my first symphony when I was 21; I consider that one of the milestones of my life. They did the second when I was 25. I first was a classical piano player, and then I got into a rock band and started writing music. I’ve written around 300 songs. That’s not counting the art songs, that’s just the rock songs, and I’ve made 18 albums or CDs.”

Having seen and heard his diversity during performances, I wondered if there was any instrument he hadn’t mastered. “The word master kind of bothers me. I like to play woodwinds, brass and keyboards. I don’t think you are ever a master at an instrument. I like to know how every instrument works so I know how to write for it. I think the thing I’m best at is composing. That’s my thing.”

photos courtesy of  SigmundSnopek.comThe Bloomsbury People and prog rock was another arena for Sig’s innovative compositions. Is prog rock attributed to him? “It’s attributed to many people, but some articles in France have called me the Godfather of progressive rock. That’s based on the success of the album “Virginia Woolf,” which has been released three different times, and considered a cult classic among fans.”

A trip to the bar for Whiskey and Blatz gave Sig a decidedly local flavor. “I love visiting taverns. I’ve visited bars and taverns around the world on four different continents. Pretty soon I’ll be incontinent. Ha, ha. I’ve been to bars in Africa, Australia, Europe and North America.”

During the next set, Sig pulled out several wands and seemed to create music out of thin air. From sitar to piano and from chimes to drums, he just waved those magic wands and had dominion over them all. Next break, he said “Those wands work with infrared; they are made by Don Buchla. You move the wands through the air and it breaks the infrared signal, which sets off a predetermined event, which lives in a box - a synthesizer. They would be fun for anyone to play with. I always get excited reminding people that they live in the future.”

Digging further into his past, I asked when he thought UXB was coming back. “I don’t think that UXB will ever have a reunion. There is an album I made with them in 1984 that I hope to make available this year. It’s my project of getting all eighteen of my records out and available. So they will come back in that sense.”

photos courtesy of  SigmundSnopek.comWhen asked what his brother Shaun was up to, he smiled and said “He’s making babies with his wife.” Speaking of that, I wanted to know what was up with humping the hamburger pillow. “That was part of the stage act for “Hamburger Holocaust.” That was in the late seventies and I would come out with basically just an apron on and a big hamburger prop made out of a pillow. During the really frenetic part of the song, I would usually screw it on stage. I was young and having fun. There’s a story about that. We did that song when we were opening for Jean-Luc Ponty, the French violin player, but we reminded him of Frank Zappa. There was a strong bond of hate between them, and Ponty tried to get us taken off the other show. We remained on the show much to his chagrin. I was fucking the hamburger during his show and he didn’t like that.”

Do you have your own label? “I have my own label and I’ve also been released on Musea Records. They have three of my titles: “Trinity Seas,” “First Band On The Moon,” and “Roy Rogers Meets Albert Einstein,” Spiritone Records, I have a song on each of the three samplers. On their instrumental sampler I have “The Little Mountain,” or “Mont Valerion.” On “Beyond Words’” and “Way Beyond Words,” I have the flute solo “Breakfast In Africa,” played by Marie Sander. Then I’m on Gearfab Records with “Virginia Woolf.” My own label has no name at this point.”

photos courtesy of  SigmundSnopek.com“Can you say anything about when you opened for Head East?” I asked him. “Dead Beast?” he replied. “That was fun. It was another gig. We opened for them three times. It was exciting to be on a big stage. When I toured with The Violent Femmes it was fun to play for three or four thousand people at a pop.”

Just before close, I got a few words from Michael Van Blarcom, one of Sig’s biggest fans and web-master for Snopek Shrine. I asked him how long he’s been seduced by this enigma. “A quarter century. I was at Summerfest and I had never heard of the guy before in my life. I was walking down the middle of the road and I hear this guy screaming, ‘I’ll take forty Big Macs to go,’ with this maniacal laugh. I told myself I’ve got to see this guy; I  think that was 1979. He started playing Summerfest in 1971. He has more performances there than any other person.”

I queried Michael as to where he thought Sig was heading in his musical expression. “I couldn’t tell you, I never really know. I mean look at him; he started out with his prog rock band, The Bloomsbury People. He opened for Jimi Hendrix for pete’s sake at some festival, and now look at him; he’s a 53 year old guy sitting in a bar on a Monday night playing some of the craziest music you ever heard.”

Sensing a gold mine, I wanted his most colorful memory of Sig. Mr. Van Blarcom laughed and responded: He laughed and responded “One night up in Cedarburg in the mid-eighties, I’d come back from college for Christmas and he was playing at some local bar. It’s not there anymore; it’s now an antique shop, everything in Cedarburg is, and it was hot in there. This bar was crowded and some girls were complaining about the heat and Sig says, ‘Well just get naked’. So Sig took all his clothes off. At the time he had a couple of keyboards he used to wear around his neck. He got totally naked and he’s wearing this keyboard and playing it, and every once in a while he’d just flash the girls.”

For his music and schedule go to www.sigmundsnopek.com. Search also for Snopek Shrine.


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