Two cellists appeal to both classical and crossover crowd
Regardless of your feelings about so-called “classical crossover” music, it has a huge audience and, in my opinion, can serve a purpose beyond entertainment.
Cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, which perform under the name 2Cellos, have created quite a stir with their arrangements of pop music by Green Day (above), AC/DC, Guns ‘N Roses, and U2, to name a few.
In some cases, musicians such as these find their niche and make some money, but have a difficult time being taken seriously by classical music lovers. Â Sometimes, it’s because they don’t have the chops to play Bach or Brahms. Â Sometimes it’s because we like our music inÂ well-labeled, neat packages.
These days, the musical lines continue to blur. Â While a well established musician such as Yo Yo Ma can delve into whatever style he wants, musicians who begin in the crossover realm have a tough time moving the other way. Â 2Cellos seems to have found the answer. They play with Red Hot Chili Peppers one night.
And the Zagreb Soloists the next.
Then they do their own show before a huge crowd.
In today’s musical world, where nearly everything is available at our fingertips, anything that potentially draws new audiences to try classical music is ok by me. Â I grew up experiencing all types of music. Â What I chose to play on the radio early in my career is often something I listen to now and say, “What was I thinking?” Â Other composers I have grown into.
Pianist/composer Conrad Tau once told me that his friends worked their way backwards into music by Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, they didn’t begin there. Â Who knows, your kids or grandkids may be listening to 2Cellos play Green Day today, and Bach tomorrow.
Watch: 2Cellos play the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043, in a version for two cellos