I have been following these boys for quite some time now. I enjoy both their classical as well as contemporary performances. I LOVE watching the way they play with such passion and the different techniques they use. If you ever want to see a great concert from the comfort of your computer chair, check out this link to their FULL concert, "Live at Arena Pula - 2013" or watch it underneath because I just learnt how to do that!
Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to keep on going so I thought I would write out my Top 10 list of go to videos when I need a bit of a cello pick me up. While I fully and wholeheartedly acknowledge the skill, technique and passion of cellists such as YoYo Ma, Jacqueline Du Pre and Rostropovich, sometimes I just like something a little bit different...
- 2cellos. Yeah, you totally knew that was gonna be on the list. Watch their concert above and you will understand why. Otherwise, here is a nice short video of theirs that went viral not long ago. "Thunderstruck"
- Piano Guys. I started listening to the Piano Guys not long after I started playing the cello. Their style is very different to 2cellos, but everytime I watch one of their videos, I am sitting in slack jawed dreamy eyed enthrallment at how wonderful they are. This was the first song I listened to of theirs and STILL continues to be one of my very favourites. It is "The Cello Song"
- Tina Guo. She is incredibly diverse, but most of all I enjoy her Electric Cello Metal Rock. It is intense and seriously HOT. "League of Legends Live"
- Gabriel Royal is a Busker in Brooklyn. That is literally all I know about him except that his voice in combination with his cello playing...WIN! "On Again, Off Again Friend"
- What could be better than one cello? 120 cellos!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!! "Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack for 120 cellos"
- Rob Scallon. Yes, ok, I know he has taped frets onto his cello. He is primarily a guitar player but well, have a listen anyway... "Chop Suey"
- Ryan Knott. This is one of my favourite dubstep songs done on cello. The sounds this guys makes gives me serious full body shivers. "Bangarang"
- Apocalyptica. Rock Cellists. 'Nuff said. This is "Ludwig Wonderland" from their Wagner Reloaded Live CD.
- Break of Reality. Their bio says they are a Cello Rock Band, but they are nothing like Apocalyptica. I would say they play very soft rock. If you watch this video, you'll understand what I mean "Let Her Go"
- Dirty Cello. It's a little bit bluegrass/country. Rebecca Roudman is the cellist "A Road or a Life"
So that's my top 10. It changes everyday. There are some INCREDIBLE musical inspirations out there once you open your ears.