Beatboxing Flute “Peter and the Wolf”


Beatboxing flute player Greg Pattillo throwing down a dope version of the Peter and the Wolf

About Greg Patillo

Greg Pattillo (b. 1977, Seattle, Washington) is a beatboxing flautist originally from Seattle, but now operates in Brooklyn, New York. Patillo is recognized throughout the world for his redefinition of the flute sound. He was lauded by the New York Times as “the best person in the world at what he does.” His performance videos on YouTube, showcasing “beatbox flute,” have been viewed more than 12 million times.

In June 2007 Pattillo was named one of 21 winners of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s “Music Under New York” program. Among other things the award gives Pattillo an official permit, of sorts, to play music in the subway.

    About Beatboxing

    Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion connected with hip hop culture (it has been called the “fifth element” of hip-hop) although it is not limited to hip hop music. It is primarily concerned with the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, voice, and more. It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntablism, the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments. Therefore it could be said to be a genre of a cappella music although it can be employed alongside other instruments. It may have some historical connections with other vocal traditions such as scat singing and puirt a beul.

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    3 Responses to “Beatboxing Flute “Peter and the Wolf””

    1. I think I saw him in the subway but that was a very long time ago. You can find a lot of great musicians in the subway, like Mecca Bodega, the ‘Saw Lady’ (she has a blog about playing in the subway: ) and the Ebony Hillbillies. So cool to see unique things and not the same old stuff.

    2. Thank you, Michelle, for your comment and the link to the “Saw Lady”. We will publish an appropriate post about it.
      And don’t hesitate to inform us about things of interest you’ve heard red or seen in the domain of art. Readers like you will allow this blog to grow.

    3. […] flute action!!! […]

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