Ivry Gitlis Performing the Violin Solo Sonata by Bela Bartok

This video shows Ivry Gitlis, a phenomenal violin player, performing Bela Bartok’s sonata for solo violin. Many people can’t afford this piece (and some more of the compositions written by Bela Bartok) and even think that the violin player is playing out of tune. This happens because this sonata for violin includes microtonalities which means that the composer’s material is not limited to the well known twelve tones of the tempered piano tuning but also include more tones in between the standard twelve notes. Here the space between one note and the following one on the piano is subdivided into more subtle intervals. Naturally this kind of tune cannot be played on an accoustic piano while some synthesizers and keyboards do have a ‘bend wheel’ which would allow to play this piece.
Bela Bartok can be regarded as the most important hungarian composer and has an extensive oevre with compositions for many kinds of symphonic and chamber orchestras as well as for solo instruments. He also put special emphasis on the percussion instruments. His works for piano Microcosmos and Macrocosmos are mandatory repertoire for the beginning and advanced classical piano performer. In these and other compositions Bela Bartok recovers many hungarian, romanian and other folk tunes, treating and integrating them into the concert music repertoire.

John McLaughlin Performing with Indian Group Shakti

Watch this video with the great guitar player John McLaughlin performing live on stage with Shakti, a group of indian musicians. This music belongs to the fusion genre and is a wonderfull combination of western and eastern music.
As many musicians from the western world, John McLaughlin has been interested in eastern culture for some time and has released several albums that clearly show the influence of indian music in his playing. One of the most remarkable albums in this sense is the LP with Carlos Santana and Michael Walden.
Notice that the two female music instrument players are sitting in the background which has mostly to do with the indian way of thinking and living.

Michal Urbaniak – Jazzorap

Michal Urbaniak is a modern violin player who is almost unknown outside Poland where he was born. In this video clip he offers us an interesting fusion of jazz and rap music which begins with the violin section of a symphony orchestra, the drums enter and together with the bass establish the groove of the composition. This base builds the perfect background for the electric solo violin of Michal Urbaniak and the lyrics of the rap ‘singer’. A nice performance which shows that rap has not necessarily to be street music, it can bee played in a concert hall as here in this video. The performances of Michal Urbaniak are always full of surprises, watch out for more videos of this excellent violin player.

North Indian Classical Violin Music

This is the raga ‘Shree’ played by the artist Indrayudh Bose back in 2003 on an event organised by NAVARATNA in memory of MILY BOSE, an exponent of indian classical violin and guru of Indrayudh Bose. It sounds very different from the violins we know from western classical and folk music. First thing that jumps up is that the indian violin is played in a sitting position and not standing as the westeners traditionally play.
Musically speaking, the differences aren’t less impressive. While western violin music is frequently accompanied by a classical orchestra or any other rhythmic and harmonic support while in the classical indian music this instrument can stand as a solo instrument and melodies include very long lasting kind of base tones. Also around minute 1:00 the violin player seems to moisten his hand for better gliding. Guess what he’s doing!