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The Vegetable Orchestra Music Videos

Waltz Darling Play Video

Waltz Darling

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Deep In Vogue Play Video

Deep In Vogue

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Garrick Davis-Redhouse Play Video

Garrick Davis-Redhouse

Nothin' but the Blues. Watch the official Garrick Davis-Redhouse video by Garrick Davis/The Fabulous Funkyband in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Silent Night [2012 Sony Remaster] Play Video

Silent Night [2012 Sony Remaster]

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Silent Night Play Video

Silent Night

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The Vegetable Orchestra Biography

thumb|right|220px|Logo of Das erste Wiener Gemuseorchester, featuring vegetable trumpet used by the group. The Vegetable Orchestra (also known as Das erste Wiener Gemuseorchester, The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra or The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra) is an Austrian musical group who use instruments made entirely from fresh vegetables. They are the world's foremost exponents of this rare genre.

The group, founded in February 1998, consists of ten musicians, one cook, and one sound technician. The members of the ensemble are all active in various artistic areas (for example trained musicians, sound poets, sculptors, media artists, designers, and architects) and have worked together on conceptualizing and carrying out their project. The interdisciplinary approach is a crucial factor in researching and further developing the vegetable music. The intention is to create a sonorous experience which can be perceived with all senses. Musical concepts of the Fluxus movement, for example compositions from John Cage (Branches, 1976) could be considered as a source of inspiration for this unique orchestra. Their distinctive repertoire also seems to be deeply rooted in sound art and experimental and electronic music because they play unheard-of interpretations of Igor Stravinsky, the German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk or the Austrian band Radian as well as their own compositions. All the pieces feature various forms of graphical notation and are exclusively composed for live performance.

Their instruments, which are all of their own invention, include carrot recorders, clappers made from eggplant, trumpets made from zucchini, and numerous others, which are amplified with the use of special microphones. The instruments are made from scratch just one hour prior to each performance using the freshest vegetables available, then all ninety pounds of vegetables are cooked into a soup following the performance.

The Vegetable Orchestra has released three CDs: Gemise (1999), Automate (2003) and Onionoise (2010). They have toured Europe, the Usa and also performed in China and Singapore.[http://www.vegetableorchestra.org/events.php]

The ensemble consists of Christina Bauer, Juergen Berlakovich, Nikolaus Gansterer, Susanna Gartmayer, Barbara Kaiser, Matthias Meinharter, Jorg Piringer, Richard Repey, Marie Steinauer, Ingrid Schlogl, Ulrich Troyer, and Tamara Wilhelm.

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