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January 24, 2012 12:26 PM   Subscribe

What do you do when your viola recital gets interrupted by someone in the audience getting a call on their cellphone? Improvise.
posted by scalefree (26 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Note that he is not totally improvising.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:29 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Musicians have been doing this for some time.
posted by LN at 12:30 PM on January 24, 2012


website down?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:32 PM on January 24, 2012


That was pretty charming, honestly, not so much because it was an original idea but the mixture of gratitude and embarrassment on Kmit's face after the applause.
posted by infinitywaltz at 12:37 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


See, I preferred the look on his face as he's making the decision to play the little impromptu encore...
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:42 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


HELLO!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:44 PM on January 24, 2012 [5 favorites]


That was cute. I liked his expression while playing, too.
posted by joannemerriam at 12:48 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Follow-along transcription of Marc André Hamelin playing "Valse Irritation d'après Nokia"
posted by polymodus at 12:53 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh boy, is this to be the violist joke thread? What do they do when a violist dies?
posted by 7segment at 12:53 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


So has it been determined if this is a viral marketing attempt by Nokia?
posted by cashman at 12:56 PM on January 24, 2012


At first I thought this was a double, but then realize idiopath posted it in the other 'mobile phone ringing during a performance' FPP.
posted by ericb at 12:59 PM on January 24, 2012


website down?

We should be so lucky.
posted by hal9k at 12:59 PM on January 24, 2012


I saw Jake Armerding do this once. Took us all a few seconds before we caught on.
posted by bondcliff at 1:03 PM on January 24, 2012


cashman: "So has it been determined if this is a viral marketing attempt by Nokia?"

I don't think it is. The ringtone is monophonic, from a very old or very cheap device. Also this was filmed in a synagogue, there are religious symbols in the back. Not saying that it is not staged in any way, but if it was, I think it wasn't by Nokia (disclaimer: I work for Nokia).
posted by falameufilho at 1:04 PM on January 24, 2012


*channels Jon Stewart*

Well played, Lukáš Kmit! Well played, sir!

Also, I would like his version as my new ring tone.
posted by bearwife at 1:12 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


[ This video was removed in accordance with the Stop Online Piracy Act of 2012. Sorry about that :/ ]
posted by Burhanistan at 1:12 PM on January 24, 2012


Please extinguish all violas before the performance.
posted by hal9k at 1:18 PM on January 24, 2012


I want that improved violin version as a ring tone now.
posted by Mercaptan at 1:30 PM on January 24, 2012


Oh boy, is this to be the violist joke thread? What do they do when a violist dies?

There's already an open thread about necrophilia.
posted by yoink at 1:30 PM on January 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Let it be known that if, in some strange parallel universe in which I didn't have the common sense and decency to silence my phone before a solo performance I would immediately commit seppuku if this were to happen.

I always keep an emergency falling-on sword with me just in case.
posted by Awakened at 1:46 PM on January 24, 2012


Oh good, a plate, here are my beans --- I totally love the subtlety of that, the way the repeat is at once and expression of irritation and an improptu demonstration of the skill which renders the musician so deserving of attention and respect in the first place
posted by Diablevert at 1:50 PM on January 24, 2012 [4 favorites]


While this is cute, it is not the correct response to this type of behavior.

The correct response is to beat the offender to death with their phone.
posted by winna at 2:00 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, I haven't heard the Nokia ringtone in ages! I love that waltz.
posted by not_on_display at 2:03 PM on January 24, 2012


How Wynton Marsalis handled it.
posted by darkstar at 2:14 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


The correct response is to beat the offender to death with their phone.

To be fair, the clip was rather short. Maybe he did that afterwards.

To more applause.
posted by Harald74 at 12:31 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


I like this a lot, but I have become skeptical. The ringing starts at the exact end of a movement, and he seemed fairly unsurprised and suspiciously well prepared. Still cute even if it was a set-up. Audience seemed to lie it, so no harm done.
posted by jetsetsc at 8:32 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


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