2CELLOS (Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser) have released a new music video. The period audience are...Thunderstruck
. [more inside]
Leonardo Da Vinci is well known as a man who invented many things on paper
that never found their way into three-dimensional reality. Some would later prove to be unworkable
in reality. Others would later prove to be potentially life-saving
. But not all of Da Vinci's inventions were of a practical nature. Consider his plans for the viola organista
, a keyboard instrument containing a system of revolving wheels, strings and other machinery to create a kind of cello that can be played with a keyboard. Never constructed in Da Vinci's lifetime
, the inventor himself could only imagine what it would actually sound like. We no longer have to imagine that
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Giovanni Sollima is a contemporary composer and cellist whose music is at once fiercely modern and lushly romantic. Witness Daydream
: the first half is a rich, warm trio, and the second half
is a virtuosic cello solo that is, for lack of better words, punk as fuck
. His longer composition Violoncelles, Vibrez!
is a lush, pulsating piece that builds to an incredible climax. My favorite work of his, L. B. Files, is a four
that rapidly shifts styles and colors and textures – simply glorious all around.
Cello Fortress is a unique combination of a game and a live music performance
. A cellist defends a fortress by improvising on his cello. Melodies control the guns, dissonant notes activate the flamethrowers. Players from the audience use game controllers to steer their tanks and attack the fortress. The cellist plays live music, while at the same time controlling the game to be a fun challenge for the players. Cello Fortress is an innovative experiment that blends concert and game.
Election Day Divertimento: Mischa Maisky plays Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G
Yesterday, a cello was stolen from the San Francisco conservatory. Today, the musician's dad is trying to use surveillance pics
and a Reddit post
to find the thieves. The Huffington Post has since picked up the photos
as well. Will crowd-sourced crime solving work?
In their 25 year career San Fransisco-based Kronos Quartet
might be most famous for creating the go-to dramatic movie trailer music
but they've recently courted controversy
with their latest album, 9/11, with Steve Reich
(NPR First Listen
). The album is another in a long line of collaborations with composers such as Phillip Glass
, Terry Riley
, and Pēteris Vasks.
And like any good instrumental ensemble, they've covered Hendrix
, Sigur Ros
, and Tom Waits
. Oh, and they've been on Sesame Street. [more inside]
Observe a classy penguin
. It's worth it. Take time
. If you don't expect something big huge and exciting, usually, um
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Cellist Zoë Keating
describes her music as "the fusion of information architecture and classical music,"
and uses a traditional French cello and a foot-controlled MacBook to create lush, multi-layered cello music
. From 2002 to 2006 she was a member of Rasputina
, and more recently she played with Amanda Palmer
. Keating has prospered online
through iTunes and her website; her new album, Into the Trees
, is streaming free and can be purchased on her website, and you can watch her perform some older pieces
on her Youtube channel
Have a go at bowing Saint-Saëns' The Swan
Bach Cello Suite No.1 - recorded in the Abbaye Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa in 1954.
Remember Lasse Gjertsen?
Now he's helping cellist Giovanni Solima
, and has created an awe-inspiring multi-armed
music video for his piece, 'DayDream'. (video links youtube)
Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007).
Master cellist and renowned conductor, Rostropovich was one of the great artistic dissidents of the Soviet Union. He started his career as a star of the Moscow Conservatory and lived long enough to play his cello in the rubble of the Berlin Wall. More from the Associated Press
Four Men And A Cello
Some Bolero, to go with your Sunday morning coffee...
Stringfever - History Of Music
A Cello Rondo
A cello piece digitally combined from 37 different cello parts all played by the same musician. With funky video. [Qucktime, 45mb
], [Quicktime, 22mb
]. Other formats available through the link. via Digg