From Elaine Dowling
Posted May 2, 2010 at 03:03 PM
I thought it would be interesting to see what violinists we listen to who are recording music that isn't your typical, classical fare. So, who are your favorite recording artists recording music featuring violin that is NOT classical.
I will start with Mark O'Conner and Alison Krauss.
Here is a short list of Avant Guarde Violinists at Wikipedia. As a matter of fact it lists a UK Jazz/Modern violinist Graham Clark who I believe is the Graham Clark that posts here! look up his profile and introduce yourself. I have him as a facebook friend also. Great and Informative Guy!
Type in Jazz, Rock, Country violinists in your search engines or Wiki....
Zoe Keating is my favorite Advant Guarde Cellist... Check her out on youtube!
Oh, and Jennifer Higdon writes contemporary music for violin. Check her out.
Who's (one of) my favorite non classical violinists? Jean Luc Ponty! Just gotta say it again, got his autograph on the same piece of paper as Stephan Grappelli.
But Jean Luc is not only a great violinist, but also a great Jazz fusion composer...IMHO
WHAT DAVE SNOW SAID!!!!!!!!
Nigel Kennedy! He is a fair bit more classically trained, but he's done a lot of Jimi Hendrix cover work, and other various jazz stuff.
O.M.G.!!! Iva Bittova!!! I got her cd at a used cd store because it looked interesting. UNDERSTATEMENT! Czech born, she plays her own avant-garde music, plus has done some Bartok. The cd I have is called "Iva Bittova"....and features solo violin with Iva singing. In concert she wears masquerade masks, very out there....but her music is CAPTIVATING!!! (she was featured in "Strings Magazine" a few years back. You gotta "Czech" her out.
Here's a few non-classical violinists I have been enjoying:-
Adam Baldych - great young Polish jazz fusion player. He has a true post Lockwood approach. Very guitaristic.
Mark Feldman - top established US contemporary jazzer, plays with John Zorn amongst many others.
Mat Maneri - very interesting electric viola player.
You can find them all on YOutube
Check out early L.Shankar - Shakti, 'Natural Elements' has some of the finest violin playing you will hear. It's a fusion of jazz and Indian music.
Nikos Hatzopaulos (sp?) Greek violin
Roby Lakatos - Gypsy
Oh maaan, just look at all this music I've never heard. I'm goin' nuts here! I admit it, I'm stuck in the 70's.
But what I'd like to know is where does one find the time to both practice and listen and possibly eat?
Yo-Yo Ma, Appalachia Waltz, Appalachian Journey. Features Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor (and Elaine, Alison Krauss shows up in the "Simple Gifts" number) and it's all wonderful.
Actually Yo-Yo Ma has done tons of music collaboration with other non-classical musicians. His "Classic Yo-Yo" CD has a great mix of classic and other. He's one exemplary musician.
Kronos Quartet also does lots of fun non-classical stuff.
Diana Yukawa is by far the most revolutionary. Sadly her new contemporary album "The Butterfly Effect" is only being sold in Japan through Sony.
There's a rumour that she is recording more music for a UK, Europe and US release??? Very exciting and beautiful tallent...
Violinist Diana Yukawa's website
Listen to the Modern Violinist
Dom, what do you mean by "revolutionary"?
I mean a new sound for the violin. She wrote 11 of the 14 tracks on her album and its stuff i havent heard before...
Thanks for explaining "revolutionary" to us. For a minute or two I thought it was to do with "unwinds", as on her website it says that she often unwinds with a little (and sometimes a lot of) retail therapy.
ha - so it does. Very funny.
I like these two, they created their own styles.
The first non-classical violin that really grabbed my attention was played by David LaFlamme in the group "It's a Beautiful Day" around 1970. If you get the chance, check out "Don and Dewey" from the album "Marrying Maiden" - it's a hard-driving piece that's put together beautifully.
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