Non-classical Violin MusicLife in general: Artists recording with violin that is not classical.
From Elaine Dowling
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.
From Royce Faina
Posted on May 2, 2010 at 07:05 PM
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.
From Dave Snow
Posted on May 2, 2010 at 07:18 PM
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
From Royce Faina
Posted on May 2, 2010 at 07:28 PM
WHAT DAVE SNOW SAID!!!!!!!!
From Heather Donnelly
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 12:18 AM
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.
From Lora Staples
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 01:21 AM
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.
From Graham Clark
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:39 AM
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
From Christopher Payne
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 01:18 PM
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
From Sari BeastallDiana Yukawa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj8H0XJO-ys
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 01:57 PM
From Dave Snow
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 02:51 PM
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?
From Terez Mertes
Posted on May 4, 2010 at 02:54 PM
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.
From Dom Little
Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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
From Graham Clark
Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM
Dom, what do you mean by "revolutionary"?
From Dom Little
Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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...
From Nigel Keay
Posted on May 7, 2010 at 01:24 PM
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.
From Dom Little
Posted on May 7, 2010 at 01:27 PM
ha - so it does. Very funny.
From Lesli WhitakerLindsey Stirling. She plays over electronic music.
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 03:01 AM
From ruth shellardGundula Gruen, a classically and also jazz trained, virtuoso violinist, focuses on playing Eastern European and Balkan music with a real gypsy spirit both in her quintet, Tatchodrom and her 45 piece London Gypsy Orchestra. Listen to this amazing vibrant and enthusiastic performer on http://tatchodrom.com/listen.html and also visit London Gypsy Orchestra on youtube.
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 09:28 AM
From Charles Cook
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Joe Venuti & Tony Romano are classic
I like these two, they created their own styles.
From Jeff TerflingerStephane Grappelli's Jazz Violin. He had a very long career and recorded a great deal, from the Hot Club of France, Yehudi Menuhin, his own groups and many jazz musicians. Two of my favorite recordings
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 04:38 PM
are " Shades of Django" with the Diz Disley Trio
and " The Reunion" with the George Shearing Trio.
From Charlie GibbsJean-Luc Ponty has appeared on many other artists' albums as well as recording a lot of interesting material of his own.
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 06:26 PM
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.
From Vincent HanLindsey Stirling!
Posted on August 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM
From Marco Brancalionhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srVvtqsQJsY
Posted on August 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM
From Roy SonneThe barriers are indeed being broken down.
Posted on August 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM
The first classical violinist that I can think of who crossed the line was Menuhin who made several recordings with Grappelli. He had to have all his parts written out and even so he didn't really swing. Nevertheless he broke the ice and made it more respectable for the rest of us.
Yo Yo Ma also recorded with Grappelli and Perlman recorded some jazz with Previn.
Meanwhile Mark O'Connor was playing fiddle music with a technical mastery which any classical violinist could admire, and composing chamber music which he continues to perform with top classical artists such as Yo Yo Ma and Ani Kavafian.
The Kronos Quartet created a whole new paradigm, performing Bartok alongside of music by Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, and establishing new rules for concert dress and etiquette.
Today Rachel Barton Pine plays on a six string Viper when she performs with the heavy metal band, Earthen Grave. She also plays and teaches Scottish fiddling. Zach De Pue divides his time between playing as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony and his string trio, Time for Three, which plays an eclectic mix of ABC styles (Anything But Classical). Perlman has recorded a Klezmer album. Gidon Kremer has devoted himself for many years to the music of Piazzolla.
Times are a'changin!
From Parker DucheminAll of the above. And let's not leave out the magnificent Natalie MacMaster, one of the greatest traditional Cape Breton fiddlers.
Posted on August 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Good news! All the Suzuki Violin School CDs are available now as digital downloads on Amazon.com. But why take the time to search for them all? We've collected links to each album for Suzuki Violin Books 1 - 8.
Ning Feng has spent the last 15 years winning awards and praise for his playing, but his violin career nearly ended before it began.
Please consider supporting Violinist.com by becoming a sponsor, and reaching our dedicated community of violin professionals, students and fans!