Rockin’ the World
For the last two years, or so, many people around me have been talking about the world’s fastest violin player from Germany, David Garrett. At age 29, David is an impressive classical crossover artist. Some of his songs are classical in origin; while others come from the rock genre and David combines the two into a unique style, which few could copy. Recently, David was featured on Classical Night of Dancing with the Stars, showing that this extremely gifted violinist is quickly gaining fame in the US.
His songs pulled from the classical music genre that he has taken to a new level by altering them to become more rock-like include: J.S. Bach’s Air, Ravel’s Bolero, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Vavaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons and Bizet’s Carmen Fantaisie.
He also plays a number of rock songs on his violin, but he has added a classical twist to them. Some of his revamped rock songs include: Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, John Fogerty’s Rocking All Over the World, and Areosmith’s Walk This Way.
A music group with a similar style to David Garrett’s is Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). The Trans-Siberian Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Paul O’Neill, and is considered a progressive rock band. Like David Garret, TSO combines classical music with more modern music. However, they mix classical and symphonic music with hard rock and heavy metal for a purely unique sound, much different than Garrett’s.
To show how popular they are: their first tour consisted of 5 cities, after that they were in such high demand that 2 groups were formed to tour under the same name. TSO is considered by Billboard as one of the Top 25 Touring Artists of the last decade, and I completely agree. Their music is amazing and the show is spectacular. (The concerts have such an amazing light show that it comes with a warning for people that are sensitive to light).
For an amazing music video from TSO http://youtu.be/DsxzBCr2zNM