Quoted TextVienna Vegetable Orchestra
ClickScholar Mary Anna Cashmore suggested this website where you can listen
to the music of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra! No kidding! A group of
Austrian musicians got together and created an entire line of instruments
from vegetables! Not only that, they record their music and perform in concert halls!
When you get to the website you'll read an introduction. While these
performers take their music seriously, they do have a sense of humor.
Terrific puns and double entendres are peppered throughout the text making
it a delicious read. :) Use the menu to navigate the site that includes:
*Instruments - See photos of the various instruments and their names in German and English.
*Audio - Listen to "cuts" from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra's CDs.
*Video - THE BEST PART! Watch a video of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
shopping for their instruments at the vegetable stand in the local
marketplace, transforming the veggies into musical instruments (with the aid
of knives and drills), and then performing a concert. (Be sure to turn on your speakers!)
*Questions & Answers - Get most of your questions about the Vienna Vegetable
Orchestra answered - be sure to click on the "read more" link to open a page
with an extensive list of questions and answers. Then use the "ask us" link
at the bottom of that page to query the VVO further.
If you and your kids want to see more edible instruments, then check out the
YouTube video, "Introduction of Handmade Musical Instruments" here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5aUz9cDaCY . A Japanese musician plays the
carrot flute, asparagus panpipes, cucumber trumpet and more. While he speaks
in Japanese, there are English subtitles. (Note: This is YouTube - as always
parents should preview to determine suitability of content.]
Want to make your own vegetable instrument? You'll find some instructions
on the "Play Your Food" website here http://www.playyourfood.com/ . When you
get there, click on "Do It Yourself" on the menu at the top of the screen. :)
Diane Flynn Keith
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