Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Piano Guys

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. –Leopold Stokowski

It is no secret that I love music. Nor is it a secret that I love to share the music that I love. So, when my Dad sent me a link to ThePianoGuys it was a no-brainer, because from the first note I was hooked. Group members, Jon Schmidt {Piano Guy}, Steven Sharp Nelson {Cello Guy}, Paul Anderson {"The" Guy}, Tel Stewart {Video Guy} and Al Van Der Beek {Music Guy} combine an amazing amount of finely honed talent, wrought of what I can only imagine to be years of practice, to produce a unique and captivating sound. And, they are Utah boys—another reason to love them.

From their home page, The Piano Guys started out as a piano store in the small town of St. George, Utah. One day while Paul was selling pianos, Jon Schmidt walked in and asked if he could use a piano to practice before a concert. Paul was blown away by his talent and they began to create music videos together. At first the videos were very basic, but as time went on we created more and more involved productions. After we filmed a few videos with Jon, he introduced us to Steven Sharp Nelson, a cellist who was beyond anything we had ever seen. Jon and Steve had been performing together for several years, and we could see that together we'd all make a great team. The rest is history in the making.

OK, so I went a little overboard with the videos. I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one favorite. You can pick one or two {you really can't go wrong}, watch them all, or go to ThePianoGuys YouTube channel and find your own favorites.

Desert Symphony

Available on iTunes and at Amazon.

The Cello Song

Available from The Piano Guys and on iTunes.

Moonlight

Available from The Piano Guys and on iTunes.

Classical Music at 180 MPH

Available from The Piano Guys and on iTunes.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Available from The Piano Guys and on iTunes.

You can purchase music directly from The Piano Guys or you can find them on iTunes.

5 comments:

P. said...

Very cool! My favorite is Moonlight. (And what a gorgeous piano that Yamaha is.)

JazznJenna said...

I like your taste in music : ). You're always introducing me to cool new stuff, too. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Classical Music at 180 mph ... If you go to a racing event, stop and listen ... just listen for a moment .... It is every where from the Pits, the stands and the track. There is a sound in the air when cars reach incredible speeds in competion.

These guys captured that Sound extremely well.

Jill said...

I LOVE the Electric Cellos! Brilliant! I have a cd by Vanessa Mae, she plays electric violin.

Angie said...

I played cello in school and (as you know) am a HUGE nerd so the Cello Wars was EPIC!