We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yu Tang with Kreisler's soulful Praeludium and Allegro (h/t, Classical Virtuoso). It's a wonder to me how youthful musicians can put so much heart into music. Perhaps the young have hearts too. I can't remember.
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This next clip demonstrates in wonderful fashion the difference between two genres. I note for the musically-challenged that there are two things that make for that 'nasty' rock sound, both of which she exhibits here:
- Playing the 'wrong' note for the scale the music is currently in
- Playing a note slightly out of tune, either sharp or flat, depending upon what type of emotion you want to convey
Listen carefully as she faces off against the conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, an obvious virtuoso on the violin, himself. Listen to how she incorporates both of the above musical 'tricks' to give her sound that classic rock feel, and listen to how he simply can't emulate it. All of his notes are 'precise' because, as a classical artist, he just doesn't have the musical feel for that 'nasty' rock edge that she does.
Yes, and I expect to see a lot more Yanni around here, now that you're into "cultured" music.
Please pass the molasses.
Actually, most of his "Live at the Acropolis" album was the usual sweet, gooey Yanni stuff, like the first part of the second clip. Those two clips (and one other) were the exception.
"She is a jazz violinist."
At this point in time, I'm guessing that she, herself, isn't quite sure what she is. Her performance in that second clip was pure rock, and this is from Wikipedia:
"Briggs has a natural ability to improvise in various styles of music, such as symphonic orchestra, Latin orquesta, R & B, gospel, jazz ensemble and even rap. Additional exposure to genres of Caribbean, Afro Latin, Pop and Middle Eastern musical idioms has allowed her to evolutionize her identifiable style."
"Evolutionize"? Maybe later she'll "musicalize" a song for us after she's "tunealized" her violin.
Unfortunately, when it comes to video of her, there's not much out there. There are some crappy YouTube clips, but after the dynamics of the above two clips, they're almost impossible to watch (or listen to). Netflix carries another Yanni concert, but she's not part of it. She's got a CD out, which is probably fantastic, but being able to watch the artist is half the fun so I probably won't pursue it.