Friday, January 18, 2019
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WACKY WEDNESDAY | That Viola Kid – ‘Stuff Violists are Tired of Hearing …’ [LOL]

Juilliard student, 'That Viola Kid' Drew Alexander Forde gives us the lowdown on 'stuff violists are tired of hearing...'   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If6eIHHlyGo&showinfo=0&autohide=1 THAT VIOLA KID | STUFF VIOLISTS ARE...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Playing Violin on a Cigar Box, Literally … [WTF]

You’ve heard of someone playing on a cigar box … Chris the fiddler, literally playing violin on a homemade cigar box - with pear neck...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | “The Swan Prelude” – Bach’s Cello ‘Prelude’ Meets Saint-Saens’ ‘Swan’ [VIDEO]

Eclectic Italian music ensemble Decostruttori Postmodernisti present 'The Swan Prelude' - Bach's 'Prelude' from the 1st Solo Cello Suite combined with Saint-Saens' 'The Swan' .... arranged for...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (Arr. Solo Trumpet) [WOWZA]

American trumpeter extraordinaire Malcolm McNab performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto .... arranged for solo trumpet. Recorded with conductor Gary Grant and the Altadena Pro Musica - for...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Violist’ [VIRAL]

A wacky new viral video highlighting the trials and tribulations of a lone violist - as she walks the streets of New York City. The...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Shostakovich’s Gigantic Tap-Dancing Noses [WTF]

London's Royal Opera House's humorous new take on Shostakovich's satirical operatic masterpiece: 'The Nose' .... The adventurous new production ran from the 20th October — 9th...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Paganini’s 5th Caprice Meets Eminem [JAM]

Youtube violin star AnarViolin performing Paganini's 5th Solo Caprice ... meets rapper Eminem's "Lose Yourself" ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMMpiorXN_0&showinfo=0&autohide=1 ANAR IBRAHIMOV (AKA ANARVIOLIN) | PAGANINI & EMINEM | CAPRICE...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Opera Favourites …. (Arr. for Cello and 2 Voices) [LOL]

British duo Rebecca Carrington and Colin Brown present ... a selection of comedic operatic favorites .... arranged for cello and two voices ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UxdnzaWdC4&autohide=1 CARRINGTON-BROWN DUO |...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Happy Birthday in the Style of a Shostakovich Quartet [WOWZA]

Dutch cellist and composer Martijn Dendievel's original arrangement of 'Happy Birthday' .... in the style of a Shostakovich String Quartet ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihsgKtw71HM&showinfo=0&autohide=1 MARTIJN DENDIEVEL | HAPPY BIRTHDAY...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | T-Rex Violist Performs the “Theme from Jurassic Park” [WILD]

Meet T-Rex violist Aaron Hilsinger .... performing John William's "Theme from Jurassic Park" ... of course ...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Konzerthausorchester Berlin Present “The Sounds of Berlin” [LOL]

The 13-part witty new compositional project by Michael Edwards and Christian Tschuggnall and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin ... "The Sounds of Berlin" ... featuring the sizzle of...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | TwoSet Violin – ‘Animal Charades … For Violin’ [WHAT]

Australian funsters TwoSet Violin present animal charades ... for violin ...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fcBMsmWYGY  

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Step-By-Step Guide to Building the Kronos Quartet from LEGO [MUST SEE]

YouTuber WowBrickArt’s step-by-step tutorial on building the Kronos String Quartet from LEGO ... Also available for the Casals and Oistrakh Quartets, cellist Jacqueline du Pre and...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Korean Bassist Tourist Joins Italian Street Trio [VIDEO]

Korean double bassist, Jun-Hyuk Choi was traveling in Florence, Italy recently when he stumbled across a few local street musicians. What happens next can only be described...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | YouTuber, Andrew Huang – ‘Air on an Actual G String’ [WTF]

Um …. Youtube sensation Andrew Huang takes on Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Air on the G String’ …. played entirely on ladies' underwear. Ok. We have...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (Arr. Goats) [WTF]

Taking inspiration from the Youtube craze of inserting farm animal noises into hit songs, Swedish charity Action Aid's choir presents ... "We Wish You...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Making Your Own Playable Recorder … From a Carrot [WHAT]

British musician and comedian Dan Woods steps us through the process of turning an edible carrot into a fully-playable musical recorder. With nothing more than a large carrot,...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Rossini ‘La Gazza Ladra’ Overture Like Never Seen Before [LOL]

Turkish "conductor" Efdal Altun "leads" the Istanbul State Symphony in a 21st Century performance of Rossini's Overture to La Gazza Ladra ...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf_r3gzsSjM&feature=youtu.be EFDAL ALTUN | ROSSINI |...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | TwoSet Violin – ‘Game of Thrones’ Violin Concerto [WTF]

TwoSet Violin violinists Eddy Chen and Bretty 'Bangs' Yang performing the 'Game of Thrones' Violin Concerto ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGm7BFBbNrs&showinfo=0&autohide=1 TWOSET VIOLIN | GAME OF THRONES X SIBELIUS VIOLIN...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC Young Artist Kerson Leong – ‘Bartok Duets’ … with Himself [TWINNING]

Canadian VC Young Artist Kerson Leong ... performing Bartok's 'Ruthenian Kolomeika for Two Violins' .... with .... himself ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1pWdqanQy8 VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG (2X) |...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” (Arr. Two Violas & Guitar) [WOW]

Introducing Luis Fonsi's hit track 'Despacito' ... arranged for 2 violas and guitar ... Filmed in August 2017 at the Molyvos International Music Festival in...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Mr. Bean, the Conductor [VIDEO]

British actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) conducting Beethoven's 5th Symphony - like no other. Filmed in 1981, at the Amnesty International 'Secret Policeman's Ball'. MR....

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The 900 Foot Cello-Ween Cello-Lantern [MUST-SEE]

Young Alaskan musicians, keen to welcome American cellist Zuill Bailey to their hometown of Fairbanks, have this week created a very special 275 meter long...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The Melodica Men … ‘Olympic Fanfare & Theme’ [GO FOR GOLD]

YouTube sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke from The Melodica Men present John Williams' 'Olympic Fanfare and Theme' ... arranged for two mouth-blown melodicas ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwChbcL9UTc JOE BUONO & TRISTAN...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet AquaSonic – The World’s First Underwater Band [VIDEO]

Meet AquaSonic - the world’s first underwater music ensemble to perform in giant aquariums …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhJLO5pFKTI&showinfo=0&autohide=1 AQUASONIC | WORLD’S FIRST UNDERWATER BAND | NEW...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ for Two Double Basses [WOW]

American double bassist Lev Weksler performs 'Flight of the Bumblebee', by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - arranged for him and himself. LEV WEKSLER | RIMSKY-KORSAKOV | FLIGHT OF THE...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Moscow Boys String Quartet – Clownesque Joy + Jaw-Dropping Skill [LOL]

Meet The Moscow Boys ... the musically eclectic quartet combining clownesque joy with jaw-dropping skill ...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHRhvjVqG4k&autohide=1 MOSCOW BOYS | TCHAIKOVSKY | DANCES OF THE SWANS...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Violinist Guy Braunstein – Original New Arrangement of Kreisler’s ‘Liebesfreud’ [WOW]

Former Berlin Philharmonic Concertmaster Guy Braunstein has this week unveiled his own new, original, quirky virtuosic solo violin arrangement of Kreisler’s ‘Liebesfreud’ ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFWDSTuF6wc&showinfo=0&autohide=1 GUY BRAUNSTEIN...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The Melodica Men … Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ [WHOA]

YouTube sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke from The Melodica Men present Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' ... arranged for four mouth-blown melodicas ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGmwXi4TL3Y JOE BUONO & TRISTAN CLARKE...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Aleksey Semenenko – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto … Kind of?!?! [WOW]

Ukrainian violinist, Aleksey Semenenko performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto ... or so we thought ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ4awGeA0RU&showinfo=0&autohide=1 ALEKSEY SEMENENKO | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO...MAYBE 

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Cellist Nathan Chan – Debussy “La Mer” on La Mer [KOOKY]

YouTube sensation, cellist Nathan Chan performing an excerpt from Debussy's "La Mer" .... on la mer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa7cPYZ_Gg&showinfo=0&autohide=1 NATHAN CHAN | DEBUSSY | LA MER (CELLO EXCERPT)

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Conductor Leif Segerstam Unleashes ‘Scheherazade’ Like Never Before [WTF]

Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam leads the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in a rather special interpretation of the final movement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade’. As the ship...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet the Modulin – The Modular Synthesizer & Violin [WTF]

Meet Swedish folktronica band member Martin Molin and his home-made modulin - the 1/2 modular synthesizer and 1/2 violin ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUdWeBYe3GY&showinfo=0&autohide=1 THE MODULIN | MARTIN MOLIN...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Katica Illenyi – Bach “Vocal” Concerto in A Minor [WTF]

Hungarian violinist, Katica Illenyi’s performing her own special arrangement of Bach's A Minor Concerto ... for chamber orchestra and doo-wop.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBWxQmUPWA8&showinfo=0&autohide=1 KATICA ILLENYI | BACH | VIOLIN CONCERTO...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC Young Artist Kerson Leong – Leclair Sonata for 2 Violins … With Himself [WHAT]

VC Young Artist Kerson Leong performing Jean-Marie Leclair's Sonata No. 5 for 2 violins ... with himself. "I came across an alleged Chopin quote that...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Nuno Santos – World’s First Water-Skiing Violinist [WTF]

Portuguese water-sports enthusiast and violinist Nuno Santos tests the age-old question: ‘Can one really water ski and play the violin at the same time?’ Apparently...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Reg Kehoe and His Marimba Queens [VIDEO]

Sit back, relax and enjoy ... the bizarre and exuberant showmanship of the 1940s - with Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1tQNqQqIU8&showinfo=0&autohide=1 REG...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Anna-Maria Hefele : World’s Best Polyphonic Singer [WOW]

Introducing vocalist Anna-Maria Hefele ... the world's best polyphonic overtone singer ....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC9Qh709gas&showinfo=0&autohide=1 ANNA-MARIA HEFELE | OVERTONE SINGING 

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Sakura Cello Quintet – Tribute to the Late-Princess Leia [RIP]

The Sakura Cello Quintet performing their tribute to the late Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia from the Star Wars saga film series ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fup24ONw9HU SAKURA | JOHN WILLIAMS...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Jesse Ahmann … The Glass Improvisational Cellist [WOAH]

Meet Jesse Ahmann ... Seattle's glass improvisational cellist. Crafted by instrument maker Gary Word, the fully playable cello uses a loop pedal and regular cello...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Miss America 1989 – ‘Zigeunerweisen’ [VIDEO]

1989 Ms America pageant winner Grechen Carlson, from Minnesota, performing Sarasate's 'Zigeunerweisen'. MISS AMERICA 1989 | GRECHEN CARLSON | SARASATE | ZIGEUNERWEISEN

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Composer David Teie – Orchestral Music for Kitty Cats [VIDEO]

American composer and researcher David Teie, back in November 2015, explaining his vision … to compose an entire CD album ... specifically for cats. Following a successful...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Violinist, Lara St. John – Nicki Minaj ‘Anaconda’ [VIDEO]

Canadian violin virtuoso Lara St. John and some talented friends take on Nicki Minaj's smash hit 'Anaconda'. LARA ST. JOHN & FRIENDS | NICKI MINAJ | ANACONDA...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | American Cellist Warren Oja … and His New Stand Partner [CUTE]

American cellist Warren Oja performing Bach's 1st Cello Suite ... with the help of his new stand partner ... "This is what she gets for...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Introducing … The 16,000 Matchsticks Violin [KOOKY]

Introducing ... the matchsticks violin. Made in 1937 by Polish bricklayer Jan Gwizdz, the fully playable, yet brittle, instrument is constructed from 16,000 matchsticks.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1tBXHhS6q8&showinfo=0&autohide=1 THE MATCHSTICKS VIOLIN |...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Joshua Emara … Boise’s Dancing Violinist [WOOT]

Meet Joshua Emara .... the dancing violinist .... Inspired by Lindsey Stirling and Madonna, 13 year old Joshua performs every Sunday in the Boise Street...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | How to Make an Origami Paper Violin [LEARN]

Just what you've wanted to know, right? A step by step instructional video on how to construct a Japanese paper origami violin. Knock yourself out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enw_r0cOj-s HOW TO...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Dinicu’s ‘Hora Staccato’ for Orchestra and … Solo Pan Flute! [WTF]

Amazing 1995 archival footage of 13 year old, Stefan Stanciu performing Dinicu’s virtuosic 'Hora Staccato' with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra … on solo pan flute! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaDkUPrdpt4&showinfo=0&autohide=1 DINICU |...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | The Melodica Men … Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ [WHOA]

YouTube sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke from The Melodica Men present Dvorak's 'New World Symphony' ... arranged for two mouth-blown melodicas ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQyqKN9G0Fk JOE BUONO & TRISTAN CLARKE |...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Violinist & Model Filip Pogady – ‘Passacaglia’ Violin/Cello Duet With Himself [WOAH]

Violin virtuoso and fashion model Filip Pogady performing Handel-Halvorsen’s ‘Passacaglia’ for violin and cello … with himself.  Cello part recorded using D’Addario Orchestral’s Helicore Octave...

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