What happens when two baroque cellists perform a cover of “Thunderstruck" by AC/DC? They shred. Literally. Keep an eye on their bows as the piece progresses.
This awesome video features Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos, playing their phenomenal “BaRock style” arrangement of the hard rock classic for a completely bewildered 17th century audience. The concept is wonderful, but the actual performance is astonishing.
OH MY GOD THIS WAS LITERALLY ME WHEN I WAS FOURTEEN AND MY ELDER BROTHER TRIED TO GET ME TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES WITH HIM AND WHEN I CAME OUT TO THE FAMILY A YEAR LATER HE JUST ROLLED HIS EYES AND SAID, “I KNEW THE MOMENT I HANDED YOU A CONTROLLER”
Inuit Throat-Singing: A Gutteral Game Gets a Cultural Resurgence
“It’s a friendly competition between girls, something they would do while the men were out hunting,” said Kathy in at interview at the conference. Karin added: ”It’s part of Inuit culture. It’s an oral tradition, it’s something that can’t be written down, it has to be learned from someone else,.”
A “game” of throat-singing begins with two women facing each other, standing close and sometimes holding each other’s arms. One begins to sing, while the other follows. The game can last up to a few minutes, and ends when one loses her breath, laughs, or breaks concentration in any way. Some sources, such as Pulaarvik Kablu Friendership Centre, cite that it was once practiced with their lips practically touching, the women using their opponent’s mouth cavity as a sound resonator.
Janet Aglukkaq and Kathy Keknek slipping in a bit of traditional Inuit throat singing between classes at Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. In the days of residential schools, they probably would have been beaten for doing this. These days, throat singing has made a strong comeback among the younger generation in Nunavut.