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Art Quench Presents; Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos)-The Piano Guys

We shared with you not to long ago music from the wonderful musician Willard Overstreet and the response was great!  We all love to listen to music, but it seems there are just certain pieces that move you, soothe the soul, inspire and can change your outlook upon the day.  Willard Overstreet did this for us and now we have found another beautiful piece of music to share with you by some brilliant musicians, The Piano Guys.  We hope you enjoy!

Biography from iTunes…

Technically, the Piano Guys are the music duo of pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, but the Piano Guys are also a 21st century multimedia collective that includes Paul Anderson, studio engineer and writer Al Van Der Beek, and videographer Tel Stewart, and together they produce musical and video gems that mash up classical themes with pop songs that have made the group’s YouTube channel one of the most visited on the planet. The group had its beginnings in St. George, Utah, where Anderson owned a piano shop. Schmidt walked in one day and asked if he could practice on one of the pianos for an upcoming concert. Soon Anderson and Schmidt were recording and making videos together, and with the addition of Nelson, posting them to YouTube. Things continued to grow and expand creatively with Van Der Beek and Stewart aboard, and the collective’s productions became joyous, thoughtful, and beautiful interactive musical videos that received millions of YouTube hits and brought the Piano Guys worldwide attention.

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“I love these two carols (Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) – they were made for each other — they both capture the excitement of the Christmas Season. I have three children that just get giddy during December — excited each morning as they get closer and closer to Christmas Day. That excitement is so contagious. I love it. It’s the kind of energy and eagerness that keeps you up at night. I wanted to capture that joy and anticipation in this arrangement.

People have told me that this reminds them of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Maybe one year the Pirates franchise will make a Christmas special and THIS could be the theme song! Instead of Carol of the Bells it could be titled ‘Jack Sparrow of the Bells.’ =)”
-Steven Sharp Nelson

Carol of the Bells attributed to Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Traditional English Carol
Arrangement written and produced by Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Featured on the album “Christmas Cello”
Video Producer Paul Anderson
Cinematographer/Editor Tel Stewart

For my fellow music geeks =) my favorite part of writing this arrangement is the obligatory hemiola due to the meter difference between the two songs — one is 3/4 and the other 4/4. I hope you like the way they collide. My second favorite part is the intense canon at the end that creates a cluster-chord feel and dissonant coda finally resolving with the main theme of BOTH tunes.

Shooting locations:

Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
Little Cottonwood Canyon (Utah)
Big Cottonwood Canyon (Utah)
Ice Rink at the Gallivan Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Special thanks to the Security guard at the Gallivan Center for not kicking us off location. And to the random guy(W.D. Johnson), who came along and offered his snow shoe so the cello wouldn’t sink into the snow.

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