Hi amigos, today I’ll introduce you to one of the
hottest most talented classical crossover artist. 😉
First off is Maksim Mrvica, a Croatian pianist.
When I was a kid, I was pretty “extreme” in my music taste… if I found out that the singer hadn’t composed the music OR written the lyrics themselves, it was a huge minus for me. Because to me, if all you can do is just “sing”, then you’re not really a musician… because in order to be someone who people would like your music, it’d make sense that you should be the one who composed it too… Also, I hated female singers who uses “falsetto” in the pop music scene (since, they were, to me, deemed as not having any “real” vocal ability… so being “classically trained” was very important to me to like someone.)
And when I saw someone who actually WANTS to use and play classical music as his career, there was nothing but admiration from me. I mean, come on, who would want to hear boring classical music? All the girls just wants to hear Westlife right? Right?
Anyways, I’ve ranted long enough. Here’re the songs!
My favourite “slow” piece of him:
My favourite crossover of his:
I really love the vocals in this music.
Next up is Vanessa Mae, Singaporean-born British violinist (her mom is Chinese, stepfather British while her biological father is of Thai ancestry).
You may have seen her or heard of her before, but if you haven’t, she’s a violinist who does “techno-acoustic fusion”, as she described. The vague memories I had from her was that when I saw her on screen, I’ve immediately thought, “wow, so pretty!” and found her arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Summer” to be super catchy.
Though, there was something that my mom said when she saw her that I haven’t really thought deeply or knew what she meant (perhaps because I was too young at that time), but it really made sense now that I’m older. My mom commented she was a “sell out” (more or less) and “can’t sing”… as you can see her version of I Feel Love.
As for the “sell out” comment, I’m assuming that she meant Vanessa’s album covers are… of her dressed scantily clad, and a lot of them. Vanessa was 16 when she tried to be “groundbreaking” (and not shocking the “purists”/”traditionalists” on purpose). This has led to her birth father being angry and publicly criticizing her, saying she “looks like a soft-porn showgirl” and then proceed to disown her. I am assuming he meant photos like this:
It seems like behind all her glory, Vanessa didn’t have a particularly happy childhood. Her mom was a “helicopter parent” – she would slap her if she thinks Vanessa didn’t practice good enough, prevented her friends being near her as fear of being “distractions”, made her stopped her favourite hobby, skiing, because she’s afraid she’ll “hurt her arms” then would never be able to play violin again.
Vanessa has had enough of it when she turned 21 – she fired her manager, who happens to be her mom, because she thought it would make them have a “normal” mother-daughter relationship. But her mom got so mad that she never spoke to her again and has been estranged for more than a decade. Still, Vanessa tried to repair the relationship by inviting her to a documentary that wanted to know if the prodigy’s talents was “nature or nurture”, to which to the TV crews’ surprise, they got an email saying “My daughter is nearly 30. That part of my life is well and truly over”. Basically saying that her “job” as a “mom” is “done”. Ouch.
Things got a bit better afterwards when she got her freedom and was able to represent Thailand in the Winter Olympics for skiing (though she got a 4-yr ban as it was revealed she wasn’t qualify in the competition and it was bogus).
Even though to a certain degree she was a a product shaped by her mom, her fusion of classical music is still satisfying.
Last but not least, another (German) violinist, David Garrett.
This hotstuff over here used to be a model. And um, there’s really no “juicy” stuffs from him like Vanessa but I was very impressed with him after I’ve heard his violin cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”!
Some Jack Sparrow goodie! 😀
Love that Nirvana bit from the guitarist btw 😉
So yeah, if you guys aren’t interested in classical music yet from these HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ WHATS COOKIN’, there’s seriously something wrong with you..!!