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Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week – 9 July

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British Cellist Jacob Shaw Continues to Play for Danish Cows

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 July

At the end of April, one of the top cello stories was about cellists playing for cows. This week, British cellist Jacob Shaw and his unusual audience of Danish cows are back in the news.

Shaw believes the cello is popular with the cows because it is similar to the sound of their mooing, and has said that the experience is so rewarding that he intends to continue.

A Cellist in Space

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 July

On 11 July, Sirisha Bandla will be the first person from Andhra Pradesh and the second India-born woman in space. She is a member of the crew of the VSS Unity – and also plays the cello!

Her favourite pastime is playing cello and she was part of the debating team at her high school and loved mathematics, which shaped her character and career.

Tour de France Unsung Heroes: Michael Gogl on Swapping the Cello for Bike Racing

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Did you know that Tour de France cyclist Michael Gogl started life as a cellist?

“I was playing cello when I was young, but I have to say that my music talent was never really there. I’m more listening to music and my brother is playing the violin professionally, but I don’t play anymore,” Gogl told VeloNews.

Nam June Paik and the Physicality of Music

Korean artist, Nam June Paik, collaborated with cellist Charlotte Moorman on many projects. A retrospective of his work is on show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art through 3 October.

See a couple of Charlotte Moorman’s ice cellos in our current exhibition here and here.

A gallery in the exhibition is devoted to the collaboration between Paik and Charlotte Moorman, a cello player who worked with Paik for 30 years. They wanted to bring sexuality to classical music and in Paik’s 1967 Opera Sextronique, Moorman was arrested mid-concert for performing topless (she was supposed to be nude by the end of the performance.)

In response, Paik made TV Bra for her. He also made TV Eyeglasses and TV Cello, which are all in the show along with rare footage of Moorman and Paik’s performances. Frieling thinks TV Cello in particular epitomizes a quote from Paik that’s on a gallery wall: “Is it music? Well, it is not not music.”

Caffeinated Cello – Apocalyptica Launches Coffee Brand!

Abocalyptica Coffee

Today, Apocalyptica has launched its own brand of coffee!

APOCALYPTICA chose Helsinki Coffee Roastery‘s 50/60 to be its first own coffee. How and why did they choose the coffee, you might ask? It was by tasting. In their opinion, this was the coffee that best expressed APOCALYPTICA in a caffeinated form.

13-Year-Old Filipino Cellist Wins 5th International Top Prize

Congratulations to Damodar Das Castillo!

Damodar Das Castillo, 13, made music history when he won his fifth first prize in an international music competition.

A scholar at Salzburg Mozarteum, Castillo won first prize (category C) in the Musica Goritiensis International Music Competition in Italy held May 29 to June 2, 2021.

Slovenian cellist Sifrara Ivana and Austrian cellist Kolloros Maximimilan took the second prize while another three Slovenians tied for the third prize.

Cellist John-Henry Crawford Awarded National Federation of Music Clubs Prize

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 July

Congratulations to cellist John-Henry Crawford!

On July 1, the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) announced cellist John-Henry Crawford as its 2021-2023 Young Artist in Strings.

The National Federation of Music Clubs is an American non-profit philanthropic music organization that promotes American music, performers, and composers.

“I feel extremely grateful and honored to receive this award from such a long-standing and esteemed organization as the National Federation of Music Clubs,” Crawford said. “It will be revitalizing to bring music to concert halls throughout the country after a year as trying as this past one.”


Argerich, Barenboim, and Soltani – Claude Debussy

Release date: 4 June 2021

This album includes Fantaisie, La Mer, and the Violin and Cello Sonatas.

Bion Tsang – Bach Cello Suites

Release date: 2 July 2021

Bion Tsang recorded this album in the Bastyr Chapel, in Seattle, on the 1713 “Bass of Spain” Stradivarius from the Fulton Collection.

Musk Ox – Inheritance

Release date: 9 July 2021

Although not a solo cello album, Inheritance features cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne extensively.

Following up 2014’s ambitious Woodfall, which saw this once fledgling neofolk project led by guitarist Nathanael Larochette develop into a trio, now featuring the likes of cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne (also of Leprous and a stellar solo career) and violinist Evan Runge (also of The Night Watch), Musk Ox’s impending Inheritance shows the band completely transformed from the metallic folkisms which defined their earlier works, now concentrating on the complexities of modern chamber music and the delicate touch of practiced classical guitar. Listen to Inheritance in full and read an interview with guitarist Nathanael Larochette and cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne below.

Podcasts / Broadcasts

The Strad Podcast Episode #2 – Cellist Maja Bugge’s 5 Tips for Teaching Improvisation

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 July

Did you know that The Strad has a podcast?

Based in Lancaster and originally from Norway, Maja Bugge is a cellist who specialises in jazz and improvisation. In conversation with The Strad’s online editor Davina Shum, she shares five useful tips on how teachers can include improvisation and composition in their lessons.

Rhythm Changes Podcast Episode 11 – Will Chernoff Talks with Cellist Marina Hasselberg – Creative Cellist

Here is this episode’s official description:

Marina Hasselberg meets Will Chernoff on the occasion of her multiple shows at the Vancouver jazz festival. Her work includes solo concerts and the integration of experiences from classical and improvised music.

The Sitka International Cello Seminar

Learn more about the Sitka International Cello Seminar from this short radio interview by Brook Schafer at KCAW. Here’s the official description:

The Sitka International Cello Seminar will be held in Sitka this month, with an array of live performances thro

A new recording Bion Tsang: Bach Cello Suites from Sony Classical combines the artistry of the remarkable cellist Bion Tsang with the exquisite sonority of a rarely heard Stradivarius cello.

ugh the end of July. The seminar brings together top collegiate cellists from around the world for an intensive 3-week immersion course. Master Teacher, Dr. Melissa Kraut, and seminar student Lydia Rhea joined KCAW’s Brooke Schafer in the studio.


Anastasia Kobekina and Friends – Popper’s Dance of the Elves

Johannes Moser – Original Version of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations

Gabriel Martins – Bach Chaconne

K.O. – “We Will Rock You”

Several Videos from Hauser This Week

Kaitlin Findlay – Cover of “One Summer’s Day”

8-Year-Old Prodigy, Franz Ludvig Serafin Kraggerud – Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto (1st Movement)

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