The Piano Guys

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The Piano Guys

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The word ‘fusion’ is something I’m familiar with when speaking of the arts. Belly dance is the platform with which I associate fusion. That’s no the only artistic arena in which fusion is possible, and I’m not thinking of cold fusion. The Piano Guys (TPG), with their exquisite blend of classical and contemporary music, is who I have in mind.

I was first introduced to TPG just before the beginning of a meeting a few years ago. I’ve been a fan ever since. When I am in writer mode, it’s not uncommon for me to tune in to their YouTube channel with earphones inserted and a full escape into a writer’s world in mind.

Jon Schmidt heads the lineup as the group’s pianist. He brings to the table a twenty year solo career as well as sound songwriting experience. His partner in crime is Steven Sharp Nelson. Nelson’s award-winning cello career is earmarked by his ability to draw in people of all different walks of life and backgrounds. He also has a background which includes songwriting.

Producer/videographer Paul Anderson and music producer/songwriter Al Van Der Beek provide the technical artistry for the group. The synergy of this combination of talents makes for a wonderful musical and visual experience for the audience at large.

I enjoy watching and listening to the videos TPG produces. The antics are zany, many times, and the scenarios not quite on the side of reality. One of my favorite gimmicks is the video produced on the wall of china.

I’m also a fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Imagine how thrilled I am to find both Arwen’s Vigil and The Hobbit in the treasure trove that is their discography.

I’m not one for holiday music. In fact, it’s one reason I avoid malls and stores during the holiday season. I listen to their holiday music year round, however. I did mention a certain zaniness above. Cello wars below is one of them. Mission Impossible with violinist Lindsey Stirling, is another of their wonderfully goofy skits.

The Piano Guys have taken their listeners to the Great Wall of China. They’ve also taken a detour to the top of a rock in St. George, Utah. Yes, ON TOP OF A ROCK, baby! See how they got that venture off the ground, literally. Be sure to enjoy the music resulting from that escapade. Alex Boyé joins TPG for this powerful performance of Cold Play’s Paradise (Peponi).

From time to time, I review a musical group or some other music related topic. Having a fondness for House of the Rising Sun, wrote an article on HubPages about it’s history. For Piano Guys albums, please visit The Piano Guys Store.

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Tanya is a displaced Californian, living in Texas. She has a day job and she dabbles with writing. Along with other Squids, she migrated to Hubpages and continues to post articles there under the pseudonym, Arachnea. Tanya’s virtual life is more exciting than day-to-day-life. There are a few bright spots, however. The local symphony and arts community are two such bright spots and the occasional meet-up with friends makes for a third. Originally from California, she takes life as it comes in her temporary sojourn.

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