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Have You Seen This? Tiny Russian drummer

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Aug. 1, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.



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PRODIGYVILLE — A 3-year-old from Russia proves that some people are lucky enough to be born with talent that bursts from the body, unwilling to be contained.

Lyonya Shilovsky appeared on Russian talent show Minuta slavy, or Minute of Fame, according to The Daily Mail, which is a show comparable to America’s Got Talent. But he didn’t sing a sweet little song or do an awkward dance like you’d expect from a boy his age.

Coming out on stage, Lyonya looks like any other 3-year-old with the sort of manic, eye-darting daze of an energetic and curious child. He practically skips along as his handler helps him to first bow to the audience, then directs them to a drum kit situated in front of a full, professional orchestra.

It’s obvious that Lyonya is itching to go as he is announced, but he also remind us of his age when he picks his nose while looking directly into the audience.

The orchestra starts playing the section known as the Cancan from Jacques Offenbach’ Orpheus in the Underworld Overture. And even though the song starts out slowly, it quickly becomes clear that Lyonya knows exactly what he’s about when the song starts clipping along at a good pace. He’s intuitively rhythmic, he understands dynamic and he looks to the orchestra to keep in time with his fellow musicians.

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Lyonya even shows a taste of pure professionalism. Mid-performance he drops a stick, but instead of stopping he keeps his foot pounding in time on the bass drum as he tries to retrieve his stick. With a little help from his handler, he goes right back to drumming, knowing right where he is in the music.

But his professionalism could still use a little work, we find, when he adorably plays his whole set again without the orchestra, too excited about drumming to let up. He eventually stops with a tiny pout followed by a fancy flourish.

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