Marching Band Plays Rage

I know that this isn’t really street music, but as a former marching band musician, I can’t help but love when someone puts their own play on a contemporary song.  In this video, George Mason University‘s Green Machine plays Rage Against The Machine‘s “Killing In The Name“.  Seems pretty hard to play a song which consists primarily of rapping (very little melodic tone), but these guys found a way!

Stomp!

As I probably mentioned many times on this blog, the thing that inspired me to play the drums is the performance known as Stomp.  It’s an off-broadway performance involving percussion performances using everything from trash cans, to basketballs, to matches, and even pipes.

Check out this video!  I just saw it and was reminded exactly what this project is about!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBht9zxW5eI

Ever See Anyone Play The Saw?

There are a lot of strange musical instruments out there.  The didjeridu is a giant pipe that plays a barely-audible bass tone.  The organ has hundreds of little nobs, keys, pedals, and switches to create several different sounds.  The theremin plays eerie music without anyone even touching it.

But I have never seen anyone play a saw:

You heard me right.  A saw creates a slight tone when a violin bow is rubbed on the smooth edge.  By bending the saw, you create different tones.

If you live in the New York area and have been on the subways, you may have seen this woman perform.  Her name is Natalia Paruz, the “Saw Lady”, and she has perpetuated playing the saw as an art form.  She has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed all over the world, including in the New York subways.

You can find more information about her on her website: http://www.sawlady.com/.

You can also learn about her busking on her blog: http://www.sawlady.com/.

International Street Performing Documentary by Belle Crawford — Kickstarter

This is a documentary project started by a few first-time filmmakers almost a year ago.  They traveled to 40 cities in 5 continents filming various street performers, and now they are looking for support from people like us!

Here’s an example of some of their work.  You can pledge any amount (minimum of $1) to support them.  They really need your help, as there is only 4 days left to donate!  This is really something that the busking community should be interested in!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1932327933/international-street-performing-documentary/widget/video.html

Street Performers

I saw these two perform in the middle of Washington Square Park!  one was playing on a traditional drum set, while the other was playing on a paint bucket.
As a drummer, I was immediately impressed by their skill!  They were perfectly in sync, each one following the other, almost in unison!

So, by now you’re probably asking, “What’s this have to do with anything”?  Well, I’ve decided to do this little project that explores the difficult world of busking (performing music in public places).

I have already incorporated a survey form on this blog.  It would be a big help if you completed it so I can get a bit of insight on the public opinion of buskers.

Thanks for your help!