[I] was recently watching a Fox News morning program recently, and they introduced a set of guests I was not familiar with at the time. They are five talented music professionals that got together “by accident” in a small music store in Utah (although I think they now believe it was divine Providence) and started making original music and entertaining videos together. They now have a very substantial website at www.thepianoguys.com where you can enjoy their work.
Part of what amazed me about their talent is how they turn a single piano into a veritable symphony by each of them “playing” a different part of the instrument at the same time. You’ll have to watch the video below to see what I mean. Be sure and notice how their cellist uses a cello bow to stroke the wires of the piano to get a background note, plus all the percussion opportunities the various members of the group take (such as banging the keyboard cover up and down!).
Watch this same clip that hooked me, and learn a little more about the group members themselves, as well as watching their amazing music performance live in the TV studio.
Finally, here is my favorite of their pieces I’ve heard so far. It’s a moving combination of classical instruments (piano and cello) and African rhythm and lyrics. Read the story about how and why they created this piece at: http://thepianoguys.com/newstore/songs/peponi.html.