While I was in hospital last week, a reader sent me the link to a new music video by Russian trio (and occasional quartet) Silenzium. They appear to be a living definition of “Don’t sell the steak, sell the sizzle” (or, in this case, “Don’t sell the music, sell the sexy!”).
I’d never heard of them, so I looked them up. Last.fm says of them:
Silenzium was created in 2004 by young musicians from Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society. Silenzium is a classical string quartet with the addition of a contrabass and a drum set, which breaks all the stereotypes about a traditional sound of a string band.
There’s more at the link. Interesting reading.
They certainly have a varied and eclectic musical repertoire. I’ve selected three of their pieces, including the one sent to me. To begin, here’s one they call “Storm”, based on Vivaldi’s music. They say of it, on their Russian-language Web site (courtesy of Google Translate):
We present to your attention our new clip – Silenzium – Storm (Vivaldi cover)! Currently, there are many versions of this classic masterpiece, but we could not pass by without showing the world our vision of this music. For us, the Storm is about nature … women! Women are free, passionate, beautiful and happy in their freedom!
Next, here’s a more reflective performance they call “Moment of Peace”.
Interesting performances, although less musically than aesthetically, I suspect! Still, they have quite a following. You can see and hear more of their work on their YouTube channel.