Justin Sergi is a freelance digital producer for WQXR.
Watch: Melodica Men's 'The Rite of Spring' is Breaking The Internet
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 02:13 PM
The Melodica Men’s mission is simple: to spread the “pure, unadulterated joy that is the melodica.” After several incredibly adorable videos featuring everything from music from The Hunchback of Notre Dame to Stevie Wonder, their latest video, an arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, has made the internet go bananas. The video was posted on Facebook this week and received 1.5 million views in a little over a day.
The charm of this most recent video is just how freaking good the music making is. Both conservatory-trained musicians, Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke are extremely accomplished brass players: Buono has won several competitions as a bass trombonist and Clarke is the new principal trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. They were simply playing around with melodies from Stravinsky’s piece and, after a few root beer floats (NOT a euphemism) and studying the score, they produced this sugar-induced masterpiece of melodica pyrotechnics.
Buono and Clarke, along with guest performer Arthur Joshua Robinson, have been blowing the minds of audiences around the world. From busking in Seattle, to impromptu performances in Paris, the universal appeal of the melodica has garnered an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to their work. One admirer on Vashon Island in Washington state put it best: “Thank you for being.”
For Optimum Enjoyment: be sure to note Buono's “#melodica” T-shirt.