Okay … the guy can circular breathe. While trilling.

More miraculous to me, though, is how he is playing this while in a horizontal position and walking on the wall.

Yeah, I know: I have too much time on my hands.


  1. I’ve never gotten why circular breathing would be considered a good thing. Wind instruments, like the voice, are intimately linked with breathing. It’s a virtue, not a defect, of the medium.

    String players and pianists sometimes take years to learn how to make their music “breath”. Why on earth would we eliminate that quality from ours?

    Slightly off-topic — I remember an old recording James Galway made that included a spliced-up “no breath” performance of a Pagannini Caprice. It was a nice trick, and fun to listen to. The bad part was that the liner notes all raved about Galway’s “incredible breath control”. I’m sure Sir James was not responsible for that.

  2. I just figure it’s a gimmick. I’m with you … music does need to breathe.

    Sometimes I play a very long section of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for parents and students to show them how little an oboist needs to breathe. They always look as if they are out of breath. I explain that it makes a listener rather uncomfortable when we *don’t* breathe.

    Besides, it often sounds rather unmusical.