I first saw Magpu in May 1998, and immediately dug their unique sound. Over the following year, I became friends with the band, and started occasionally sitting in on various types of percussion. In October 1999, I joined them on MalletKAT? for the Project Pu recording sessions. This led to an invitation to play with them at their Club Dada gig on 22 November 1999, and I was with the group from that point onward. The departure of bassist Kyle Grundmann brought about our "farewell" show on 13 September 2002. We played three more gigs after that, in different configurations; as of 2006, our last public show was as a quartet on 22 May 2003, though I hope we'll have a reunion performance some day.