Members of the U.S. Army Band celebrated this past May the Fourth with a great orchestral version of Ludwig Göransson’s emotive and exotic theme from The Mandalorian. The performance is filled with wonderful woods and big brass sounds, but it’s strange to see musicians playing wind instruments with masks on.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, a group of 70 musicians and singers joined together remotely to perform this wonderful medley of music from the James Bond series. Many of the performers are based in Wales, with many folks being alumni of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
A 32-piece orchestra needs need a pretty big stage for all of those musicians and their instruments. Jonathan Kayne has solved this problem by replacing those pesky humans with stepper motors. The members of his band never talk back, and they play everything from All-Star to Piano Man to The Mandalorian theme.
A group of five talented musicians from the Colorado Symphony got together for a wonderful outdoor performance of the Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). While we still can’t get out to see orchestras perform in person, please remember to support your local musicians.
Crank up the volume and brighten your day as Styx lead vocalist and guitarist Tommy Shaw and the talented musicians of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra perform an fantastic at home cover version of the classic rock hit Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) from the 1977 album The Grand Illusion.
We just shared Kaleidoscope Orchestra’s excellent Daft Punk symphonic medley, and not 24 hours later, they dropped this even more epic video – a medley of more than 20 hit songs, all recorded by their members while locked down at home. Steve Pycroft deserves lots of credit for the orchestration and masterful video editing.
Shortly before going on lockdown in the UK, the musicians of Kaleidoscope Orchestra performed a medley of tracks from self-proclaimed rap god Eminem. The symphonic suite kicks off with Lose Yourself and Just Lose It, and includes classics like The Real Slim Shady, Without Me, and My Name Is.
The Colorado Symphony had to postpone its performances, but that didn’t stop their members from performing together. They just had to do it from home. To help keep the music alive, they played the uplifting Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Keep an eye on their #PlayOn playlist for more shelter-in-place performances.
With its twangy mouth sounds, Jew’s harp (aka “jaw harp”) is one of the stranger instruments out there. For the most part, it’s an instrument that’s played by one musician at a time, but this ensemble of 30 or so harp players in Russia occasionally gets together to perform as a group, and the layered sound they make is wild.
Symphoniacs play orchestral arrangements of popular and classical music with a modern flair. Here, they perform an excellent cover version of Daft Punk’s Aerodynamic, on violin, cello, piano, and electronics. We also rather enjoyed their rendition of Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars.
Composer and arranger Nick Proch and his band of merry musicians turn in an exceptional arrangement of Rage Against the Machine’s 1996 classic Bulls on Parade, played on traditional orchestral instruments. We have to say we miss the wah-wah a bit though.