10. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun, Videos

… and wince as well. I sure hope those weren’t good instruments! :-)

Thanks, Bob Hubbard, for sending this my way. I almost want to go to Wisconsin now. (And I do believe I saw Robert Levine in this … am I correct?)

18. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun

As a friend wrote (hi Johne!):

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Ride of the Valkyries augmented by harmonica and mouth harp.

… and of course An der schönen blauen donau is thrown in for good measure …

11. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun

MozART Group

09. February 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun, Videos

What fun — scroll in to about 2:25 unless you want to watch them set up and all — but if you speak German maybe you’ll want to hear the intro, where the heckelphone is introduced!

Jazzy Ideas for 5 oboes, 2 English horns, heckelphone, 2 bassoons and piano.
Composer: Augustin Lehfuss

(In case there’s someone out there who hasn’t seen it, the title of this blog entry comes from the movie Being John Malkovich.)

14. January 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun, Videos

This video below just brought me joy. Here this group of people are, in a house with three (!) pianos, and a variety of other instruments and they are making music together. I mean … this is just too darn fun and I would love to do something like this sometime. No performance anxiety (I hope). Just sheer joy of playing music together.

You can read a bit about the composer, Irene M. Giblin (1888-1974)here.

The video was recorded in Sutter Creek, California. I know someone from there … I wonder if she knows any of these people. Oh Madeline, do you read this blog?!

Here’s another, just for fun (and in reading more, it appears this was a Ragtime Festival). Six pianists on four pianos, plus 1 banjo:

29. September 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun

Want a real winner of a ring tone? Check out the Met’s Ring ring tones!

And they are Frrrreeeee!

06. September 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun

After being in place for only a few hours on a warm afternoon in downtown San Jose, one of artist Luke Jerram’s outdoor pianos was getting a workout.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to play,” said 26-year-old San Jose waitress Mazel Brooks, who was performing “Stardust” on a piano at the Circle of Palms, next to the Fairmont Hotel. As the notes wafted across the city streets, she added, “This is fun. I’ve got to tell my friends about this.”

That piano is one of 20 placed by Jerram, a 35-year-old conceptual artist from Bristol, England, throughout the downtown area and at locations such as Santana Row. It is part of his “Play Me, I’m Yours” installation, an interactive art project like ones he has done in cities throughout the world. San Jose is only the second American location, after New York, where such stars as Alicia Keys were seen playing the pianos.

“This was designed for California and Silicon Valley,” said Jerram, fresh off a flight from Hungary, where he had placed pianos in the city of Pécs for a festival. “There is lots of creativity here, a lot of openness.”

RTWT

30. August 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Fun, Videos

02. August 2010 · 4 comments · Categories: Fun, Videos

I found this a kick to watch. And of course I played this a number of times some years ago. Yes, I know these aren’t the proper instruments … but it just made me smile. Hope you do too! Clever and fun!