New Music Tuesday: David Garrett

Of all the artists, musicians, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, DJs, composers, and producers we at FS have ever featured on this site, we’ve never really put a violinist front and center for one of our features.

It’s high time that changed.

So allow us to introduce you to David Garrett, perhaps the youngest, hippest, most rock-tastic violin player the world hath ever seen. Our lady readers will probably also contend that he’s perhaps the most attractive violin player the world hath ever seen, but then again, if all we’re comparing him to is Itzhak Perlman (who, coincidentally, was Garrett’s mentor at Juilliard), then yeah, DG is pretty much going to run away with that particular accolade.

Poor Itzhak (left).

Poor Itzhak (left).

But this isn’t about the man’s good looks, despite the fact that he modeled while attending the country’s most prestigious school of music. (That’s a true story, by the way). This is about the man’s new “Rock Symphonies” album, which takes both rock songs and makes them symphonic, as well as turning symphonies into something modern and just a wee bit hardcore.

Doing one of those two things successfully would be a minor miracle (Metallica did a pretty sweet album with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra once upon a time, but that’s the really the only case I can think of that turned out well. I mean, if we’re not counting the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Are we counting them?). But to go both ways—to be bi-musical, in a sense—is a little beyond words.

The songs themselves range from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teens Spirit” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” to Beethoven’s 5th and Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” and every one of them is highlighted by Garrett’s prodigious violin shredding. The man’s got a gift, and apparently always has, and he’s hoping to share that gift with the masses with this new record—a record we’d highly recommend checking out, if for no other reason than sheer curiosity.

So there. We’ve done a violin post now. We can sleep better at night. Up next—either a clarinet player or a flutist. I’ll have to talk it over with the editorial staff. In the meantime, enjoy “Rock Symphonies.

Check out David breaking the world record for violin speed here:

And pick up the album everywhere today!

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Joel Brigham writes about stuff. It’s pretty much all he cares about. Stuff like music and more music. But he mostly cares about music. And also music.

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