From Junk To Joy

Once tossed aside as trash, 'Abu the Flutemaker' sees musical treasures in other people's castoffs

December 24, 2006|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,[Sun Reporter]

WHEN WILLIAM EMERSON WAS A NEWBORN, HIS MOTHER THREW him out with the garbage. Now, he turns junk into music.

ABU THE FLUTEMAKER / / Performs 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for First Night Annapolis on New Year's Eve / / Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. / / 410-268-8553 or firstnightannapolis.org

William Emerson

A.K.A.:

Abu the Flutemaker

Age:

66

Occupation:

Crafts musical instruments from found objects; performs locally for kids and adults

Birthplace:

Baltimore

Residence:

Baltimore

Military Service:

U.S. Air Force, 1957-59

Education:

Studied at Baltimore City Community College, 1966-68

Fun Fact:

Creates flutes consistent with the owner's zodiac sign. "Every astrological sign has a note associated with it," he says, "If you play a flute tuned to your note, you will more easily master it."

Personal:

Widowed, eight living children. A son died in his 30s.

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