Joshua Bell plays his $3.5mn violin to subway rush-hour

Joshua Bell is a gifted violinist, a recent recipient of $75,000 Avery Fisher prize. He performed incognito in a D.C. subway as an experiment. What do you think might have happenned?

I came across this story at the Freakonomics blog. The original article was published in The Washigton Post, an engrossing read about the 43 minutes of Joshua’s performance. It also has a video of the entire subway performance which, unfortunately, I could not view due to bandwidth constraints.

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Canon by some amazing guitarists (video)

Cannon in D is a composition for three violins with a bass accompaniment by Johann Pachelbel. I found some great renditions of this composition by some guitarists on YouTube.

Stefan Helander is a Canon fan and has put the following on his site.

What does Canon mean then? Well not Cannon as many misinterpret it. Canon (or Kanon) is when a piece of music is imitated and repeated. First one instrument or vocal starts with a piece of the melody. Then after a number of tones, a second instrument or vocal starts to repeat, or imitate, the first one, playing the exact same tones, but with a time delay. More instruments or vocals may fill in depending on the composers wishes.

Stefan has got some user submitted Canon renditions on his site’s files section, as has Ray Hutchings, another guy with a liking for the composition.

Coming back to YouTube, the first one is plyed (sic) by funtwo. This particular video triggered my interest in Canon and made me look for some more videos and information.

Although funtwo has great technique in the above video, the performance by JerryC below induces some soul in it. Also, JerryC is the one who composed the background track. The back track is available for download at JerryC’s unofficial website.

The last video is of Canon by Trace Bundy. I was fascinated by the way he handled his guitar for this piece.

If you want to know more about JerryC and funtwo then you might want to read this article. As I leave you to enjoy Canon, here is a CollegeHumor video link where Rob Paravonian explains why he hates this particular piece of classical music!

View this emotional and motivational video

The father and son duo of Dick Hoyt and Rick Hoyt participate in Triathlons as ‘Team Hoyt‘. What makes the team special is that Rick is physically challenged and his father Dick pushes him in a wheelchair as they run. See this wonderful video about the never-say-die attitude of Hoyt’s. The soundtrack is I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me.

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MiDiVal Punditz

MiDiVal Punditz

If you have seen the Nokia promo for their 1100 Torch Phone, the one in which there is a highly decorated truck running down a desert highway, then you’ll distinctly remember the foot tapping Dhol and Tumbi beat. I loved it, and wondered who was the artist. I knew the answer after a chance discovery of an artist webpage while looking for fusion music. They are MiDival Punditz and the work in question is Track 6 – Bhangra Fever. I was further surprized to see their other works, some of which have been quite popular on dance floors across the world. Check out their Media section to listen to many of their numbers online. These guys have worked with many renowned artists like Zakir Hussain, Karsh Kale, Kailash Kher etc. I especially like the Sanware Balam, Ali Ali, Dhol Vajda and Angika part 5.