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Post No. 2807
10/31/2009 09:52 AM
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Von Cello @ NYC Marathon Sunday

Come one come all to see the Von Cello Band performing during the NYC Marathon:

When: Sunday, Nov. 1st
Time: 11:15-1:15
Where: 59th St. and 7th Ave. (Manhattan)

We will perform the whole Celtar CD song for song as it comes. Other highlights will include a solo cello performance of Dead Cello!

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Post No. 2806
10/28/2009 07:43 PM
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2 more for 9000

Two more hits and this one will hit 9000 hits:

The same videographer who did this will be filming Von Cello this Sunday at the NYC Marathon!
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Post No. 2805
10/23/2009 05:45 PM
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If this doesn't make you smile I give up!

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Post No. 2804
10/22/2009 07:44 PM
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Tiny Desk Concert

TJ, I'm always amazed when someone reinvents the wheel. Who would think, one singing guitarist, one singing banjo player, an upright pizzacato bass, and a cello player forming a band! No one's ever quite done that combination but these guys rock it. Thanks for the link.

Post No. 2803
10/20/2009 02:03 PM
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That was Ariel by Dean Friedman.
For you lovers of strings, here's something I recently stumbled upon:

Play the video and check out the performance. Pretty good.
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Post No. 2802
10/19/2009 06:02 PM
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TJ, I forget what that song was that you brought up about the girl collecting money for BAI. But I will be pitching for money on air in a few weeks ... along with playing Dead Cello and other tunes.

More to come ...

Post No. 2801
10/17/2009 04:39 AM
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Whaw - amazing. Thanks for this link, Aaron!
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Post No. 2800
10/16/2009 07:15 PM
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Great Quotes

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Post No. 2799
10/15/2009 10:23 PM
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Recent comments on my Iron Man video on youtube

killedbysticks (53 minutes ago)
i like ur xpression
their wer some parts where u wernt in tune but THAT WUZ COOL 2
happyasaclam2012 (56 minutes ago)
you = basically one of the coolest cellists ever... haha
nice job, sounded kick ass
draagonfliir (3 hours ago)
music is f*cking Awesome, but you scare me :S
dress up as ozzy and it won't be so creepy lol
sapasoulph (3 days ago)
are you the devil??
allfu93 (1 week ago) +
there was no need for wat u did in the begginin but its awesome no matter wat
K LOKO jajajajajaja
genial :P
The228Bassplayer (1 week ago)
HEAVYfukkinMETAL (2 weeks ago)
i fuckin love it
zeuspitar (2 weeks ago)
That REALLY ROCKED!!! Incredible! On cello, it sounds beautiful and VERY HEAVY too! REALLY NICE!
WizardofGlamis (2 weeks ago)
I love the cello to began with (it has a haunting sound to it) but to hear it as a part of rock makes me love it even more.I will be on the look out for the cd,Rock on Von Cello

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Post No. 2798
10/12/2009 08:26 PM
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Steven Epstein Reunion on hold...

Oh well, it was a nice thought but Perry can't get in to play the marathon.

On another note, I am surprised that this video is almost at 7000 hits:

I don't know why this one has risen so high while others on similar topics have not. Mysterious...
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Post No. 2797
10/09/2009 06:20 PM
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The Steven Epstein Band Lives!

As some of you may know the band that I was in in high school with Perry Siegle and Steve & Mitch Epstein was named after Steve because he was the worst musician in the band! Actually he somehow managed to sound good even though he didn't really know how to play. But naming it for him was part of our humor.

Anyway there's a chance that the band will be getting back together ... at least me and Perry. He may join Von Cello when we play for the NYC Marathon on November 1st!
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Post No. 2796
10/04/2009 08:32 PM
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It's official, this is now my #1 video on youtube:

Closing in on 15,000 hits (with a bullet)!
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Post No. 2795
10/02/2009 03:37 PM
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What is the purpose of religion?

I've noticed that a lot of people who put down religion think it's all about scared people trying to get into heaven. This is true for many religious people, but not those who truly understand the Jewish tradition as explained below:

The Vilna Gaon was always meticulous in his performance of mitzvos. Every Succos, he would he would acquire the most beautiful and kosher esrog in order to perform the
Succos mitzvah of the waving of the Lulav & Esrog.

One year, due to extreme adverse conditions, there was a severe shortage of esrogim in Eastern Europe. A search committee was dispatched to literally scour Europe on a quest
for an Esrog. They went from town to town to town, each time coming up empty handed. They powered through town after town with the tenacity and grit of athletes trained in their
sports. Spectacular efforts were made at each stop. Nonetheless they had naught to show for it.

Finally in one town they found success - or so they thought. A man had an exquisite esrog in his possession but refused to part with it. The committee begged pleaded and offered
an enormous sum of money for the esrog. The man would not budge. They exclaimed, "This is for the holy and revered Vilna Gaon."

"With all the effort the great Rabbi is expending, surely his heavenly reward will be great when he performs this mitzvah," said the man.

"Of course," they replied.

"I will sell it to you on one condition. The Olam Haba (heavenly reward) that he earns in performing this mitzvah must go to me."

The delegation was absolutely stunned. How could they even dream of doing such a thing? Yet how could they not? Time was running out before the holiday and they had been
everywhere. Despite their cajoling, despite their negotiating, despite their groveling; the man remained adamant. They had no choice but to capitulate.

They returned to Vilna, barely in time for Succos and marched straight to the home of the Vilna Gaon.

The Gaon was ecstatic to see the esrog, but they were trembling. They didn't know how to tell him what they had committed him to. Finally they blurted out, "Forgive us Rebbi, in
order to acquire this esrog, we were forced to agree on your behalf that you would give this man all of the olam haba that you earn doing this mitzvah."

The Vilna Gaon answered clearly and immediately, "I would have consented to this agreement even if I had to give him my entire olam haba."

The Vilna Gaon was happy to serve Hashem and he was happy that olam haba was earned; but he didn't need to be the one to receive the olam haba. If it went to another Jew that was wonderful; as long as the mitzvah was done. The Gaon was truly an "eved hameshamesh es harav shelo al menas likabel pras" - a servant who serves the master not for the sake of reward, but out of love.
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Post No. 2794
09/30/2009 08:51 PM
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Play that accordion!

Yes I"ve seen that guy on facebook. He takes accordion to a new level!

Speaking of new levels, this video is within a couple of hundred hits of becoming my most popular on Youtube:

Still waiting for that phone call from Ozzy!

Post No. 2793
09/30/2009 02:01 PM
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Tchaikovsky Violin concerto - but different ...

Oops, the Ten American Cello Etudes, not the Int'l Encores.


Check out this musician: !
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Post No. 2792
09/23/2009 11:24 PM
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Ten American Cello Etudes in Spain

Yes, David recorded the Ten American. He also did the European premieres of Judaic Concert Suite and Three Concert Etudes. I am having Oxford send him the Ten International Cello Encores. He's already said he'd like to premiere them in Spain. I'm glad to have him over in Europe spreading the gospel!

Post No. 2791
09/23/2009 09:02 AM
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Cello in Spain

Hey thanks Aaron, on this link there's lots of other interesting articles (some in Spanish only (about Bloch!), always a good trigger to try and refresh the language ) and upon digging a bit deeper - a lot of sheetmusic of arrangements for multi cello ensembles.
I also see Johnstone recorded yr Ten Int'l pieces in 2003.
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Post No. 2790
09/22/2009 10:42 PM
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Brush With Immortality

David Johnstone, English cellist, living in Spain, has produced a nice pdf that includes an article I wrote about my music with updates put together by David. It's a very nice package. You can download it for free here:

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Post No. 2789
09/22/2009 08:05 PM
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Friends in the digital age

These guys from Istanbul just asked to become friends with me on myspace:
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Post No. 2788
09/20/2009 11:51 PM
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Just in time for the holidays

A new Twitter just for your Jewish Mother:
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Post No. 2787
09/16/2009 08:17 PM
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Fall hath begun

I see some colors on the leaves and that tells me that fall has begun, even if it's still officially summer. Everyone gets so busy in September. I played four weddings just last week. Two in Williamsburg, one in the Hamptons (actually Sag Harbor), and another in Rockland County. Many more gigs including some rock gigs are being planned.
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Post No. 2786
09/09/2009 08:55 AM
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Chuck Minsky

True. That first piece was my first cello etude and it is based on traditional rock n' roll. It is called the Train Whistle because of the glissando at the beginning that sounds like one. There is a tradition of guitar songs that imitate the feel of a train and I wanted to begin such a tradition on the cello.

When I first played this piece years ago for some classical musician friends of mine they laughed and thought it was just Aaron fooling around. But I was serious about bringing the cello into popular music, and now it is becoming more and more common.

The second piece with the two ballerinas began as a song I wrote for strummed cello (celtar) when I was in high school. So that actually comes from E. 81st St. in Canarsie! In my twenties I turned it into a cello etude and now it is a ballet! Who would have believed that?

The final piece is a slow American waltz. I called it October Waltz because September has many songs about it and I felt October was a really cool month that was ignored. Kind of like the cello in pop music. I describe the falling leaves and the melancholy of the month that turns the summer into fall. I find the ballet so emotional and beautiful.

Post No. 2785
09/08/2009 08:22 AM
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The etudes have an RnB feel. Around 1 minute into the video, I get a real Chuck Berry vibe.
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Post No. 2784
09/05/2009 10:56 AM
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And now some ballet!

Ballet? Yes. Here is a clip of a ballet company dancing to my American Cello Etudes with me playing cello:


Post No. 2783
09/04/2009 01:47 PM
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Congratulations on a good show. Let me know if you post any mp3 files so I can hear parts of the show.

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