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Some of our readers missed this blog first time around and I’ve added a 2nd video ~ a very uplifting and relaxing musical experience! We hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Make certain you watch the 2nd selection in the 1st video ~ what dexterity!!!
Absolutely beautiful describes the glass harp music of the Szafraniec couple from Gdansk, Poland. “…What kind of emotion does a glass harp evoke, when it is listened to for the first time? What revolution is experienced by the ear, which attempts to find associations with those tones? What we try to capture, wanders somewhere at the verge of our ideas of angelic music, a mythical world, and instruments which sound only in our dreams…”
Glass Duo performs “Morning Mood” and “Anitra’s Dance” by E.Grieg at the Basilica di Santo Stefano in Bologna, Italy mesmerizing!
In this 2nd video Glass Duo performs with the world famous Sinfonia Varsovia to play Sting’s “Fragile” ~ stunning!!!
The following “Water Puppet Show Performance at Thang Long Theatre, Vietnam. Part 1”, published Apr 6, 2014 on Youtube, is definitely a first class performance, when you consider the difficult level of precision and coordination required to overcome the ebb and flow of the water – all very captivating! There are 3 parts to this performance on Youtube. On our very last day of travel in Vietnam we decided to watch a Water Puppet Show (known locally as Múa rối nước) at Thang Long Theatre in Hanoi, Vietnam… Water puppetry literally refers to puppets that dance on water which is a traditional Vietnamese art that dates back to the eleventh century in northern sections of Vietnam. Water Puppet Performances take place in various locations throughout the country; however, Hanoi has a reputation for being the ‘it’ place to take in the experience. Puppeteers are concealed behind a screen in waist deep water wielding puppets that are made out of wood and then lacquered. Large rods and strings are used by the puppeteers to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play. The performances are centered chiefly around Vietnamese Folklore with emphasis on traditional ways of life, spirituality, and day to day existence that was passed on from one generation to another; it literally amazes me to think that this performance art form dates back so many years. The puppets are accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra that provides background music including the use of bells, cymbals, gongs and flutes. In my opinion, the music is as much an appealing part of the show as the performance itself. Although I’ve listened to traditional Vietnamese folk music being played while touring the Mekong Delta, I felt the skill level from these musicians put them in a league of their own… Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. “puppets that dance on water”) is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. Múa rối nước is considered to have originated in the delta of the Red river in Vietnam in the 11th century, and the art remains highly developed today in this country. Some of the earliest troupes were found in the Nguyên Xá commune, Đông Hưng district, Thai Binh province. In ancient Vietnam, the rural Vietnamese believed that spirits controlled all aspect of their lives, from the kitchen to the rice paddies. The Vietnamese devised water puppetry as a way to satisfy these spirits, and as a form of entertainment, using what natural medium they could find in their environment. In ancient times, the ponds and flooded rice paddies after harvest were the stage for these impromptu shows.
This top-notch performance video is certainly worth sharing!!!
The following video, “Carrot clarinet: Linsey Pollak at TEDxSydney 2014″, published on Jun 1, 2014, is absolutely amazing – from concept through making to delivery – an amazing musical performance! Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electric drill, a carrot and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes.
Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has recorded 31 albums, toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, North America and Asia as well as performing at most major festivals around Australia.
Linsey has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo” and “Sound Forest”, as well as collaborating on many music and theatre projects around Australia. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA, and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. Linsey has also worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specializing in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe.
I can’t wait to make one or more of these carrot clarinets to impress my grandchildren (and maybe even some of my friends). I guess I’ll have to keep it in the fridge – no slippery, slimy playing for me!
TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED by longtime TEDster, Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and organised by his General Thinking network of fellow thinkers and other long time collaborators. TEDxSydney has become the leading platform and pipeline for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
The following Youtube video, Salut Salon “Wettstreit zu viert” | “Competitive Foursome”, has had over 10 and a half million hits since mid-February this year!
Antonio Vivaldi’s “Sommer” wird zum Schauplatz eines musikalischen Wettkampfs. Salut Salon fechten ihn akrobatisch aus, und mit viel Humor – ein Klassiker des Hamburger Quartetts. Ein Konzertmitschnitt aus dem Film “Salut Salon. Der Film” von Regisseur Ralf Pleger…(“The Summer”, composed by Antonio Vivaldi, becomes the stage for a musical competition. Salut Salon fight acrobatically and with a special sense of humor — this is a Salut Salon classic, a live recording from the movie “Salut Salon. The Movie”, directed by musicfilmmaker Ralf Pleger).
“Charming, sexy, funny and virtuous, so are the members of “Salut Salon”, a string quartet (two violins, cello and piano) of Hamburg.”
“Unexpectedly awesome! – Admittedly, when a friend told me that I had to watch this video of a quartet, I thought to myself “how exciting can this possibly be?” Well, I’m glad I watched the video because these four ladies from Germany blew my expectations out of the water! Known as Salut Salon, the quartet are not only great musicians, they are very talented comedians!”
“It’s amazing, playful, and wildly creative and original!”
“Un grand moment de musique… Une prouesse technique (si si !!!)… De l’humour… Ces femmes sont prodigieuses, vraiment…” Tr. (A great moment of music … Technical prowess (yes!!) … Of humor … These women are prodigious, really …)
Hope you all enjoyed watching these amazing musicians.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Watch what these dogs when they discover the cat has stolen their bed.
The following youtube video “Cats Stealing Dog Beds” was published on 19 Oct 2013by ailaikvis.
Cats love cozying up in small spaces. Cats can also be furry little jerks. So, it’s safe to assume that when a cat decides to sleep in the (much larger) bed of a dog sibling, it’s done purely to screw with the dog.
Sadly, dogs are too polite for confrontation and resort to halfhearted pleas with their feline occupier. On the other hand, it appears as if the cats couldn’t care less.
Garth Hampson Dominic D’Arcy NorthWinds Brass Quintet Scola Basilicae Linda Major The fiVe Woodwind Quintet The Emmanubells St. Tim’s African Chorus Natalie Harrison, Dominic D’Arcy’s Rising Star Ainsley Phillips, Dominic D’Arcy’s Rising Star St. Tim’s Choir Come join us for an afternoon of
Free will donations in aid of the Heron Emergency Food Centre
Come Celebrate with us
Plenty of parking and Handicap accessible.
Six years ago, as Organist and Music Director of St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, I organized our first Christmas Community Concert and Carol Sing in aid of the Heron Emergency Food Centre.
Now I am so pleased to invite you to our ‘6th’ concert this coming Sunday afternoon.