Musician Addi Somekh has been playing his unique musical instrument for more than 10 years now, so there’s no wonder he’s perfected his ability to eke a wide variety of notes and sounds out of a couple of balloons. His buddy Joey on the electric bass ain’t too shabby either.
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BMX rider Tate Roskelley takes the term “freestyle” quite literally, pulling off some wacky and wild tricks that we’ve certainly never seen. His repertoire includes limboing under nets, playing mini golf with his tires, and using a milk crate as a temporary third wheel.
Listen up as NPR’s offices are filled with rich and vibrant sounds made by musician Kian Soltani and his rare Giovanni Grancino cello, made way back in 1680. The tracks are Hungarian Rhapsody by Popper, Nacht und Träume by Schubert (arr. Soltani), and Persian Fire Dance, by Soltani himself. That’s Christopher Schmitt on piano.
Pianist Pavel Andreev performs in one of the most exclusive venues we’ve ever seen – on a man-made floating square island in the middle of the lake in Karelia, Russia’s stunning marble canyon. They had to lower the piano on a crane from above, then floated it into the lake.
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is an incredibly challenging song to play when you have the proper instruments. To prove his bass-playing chops, musician Zander Zon managed to perform a compelling rendition entirely on his bass guitar. We’re amazed that he was able to extract such range from the 4-string instrument.
In filmmaker Brandon Semenuk and Rupert Walker’s short action film, mountain bike riders Semenuk and Ryan “R-Dog” Howard pair up in close proximity to show off their skills and daring, while being pursued by an expertly-flown drone. Enjoy another 100 seconds of Semenuk goodness here.
Best known as SpongeBob Squarepants, voice actor Tom Kenny has been featured in numerous cartoons since the 1990s. In this funny Vanity Fair clip, he was put on the spot and asked to improvise voices for five new characters. It’s amazing how he brings all of them to life.
Think badminton is a game for wussies? You’ll rethink your position after watching this this doubles match footage as player Goh Wei Shem shows off his insanely powerful jumping smash shot. Our arms and ankles are sore just from watching this video. Basically, this guy is the Michael Jordan of the shuttlecock.
May I have your attention, please? Musician Luca Stricagnoli is back with his triple-necked guitar to entertain us with another great acoustic cover – this time taking on Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady with some funky fingerstyle picking. As an added bonus, this version won’t offend anyone.
Artist DP Truong shows off her mad compass skills as she creates a detailed portrait by drawing hundreds of concentric circles and varying the pressure of his pen to create shades of grey. Here’s another one of her images celebrating the collab between Son Tung, Snoop Dogg, and Madison Beer.
An amazing recording of the greatest rock vocalist of all time, captured back in 1986 as part of the 96-track Time. With the help of musician and producer Dave Clark, we now get to hear a stripped-down and cleaned up version, backed only by piano, along with HD footage of Mercury which will send chills down your spine.
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