Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra performs music solely on instruments made of vegetables. They use carrot flutes, carrot recorders, pepper trumpets, pumpkin basses, leek violins, leek-zucchini-vibrators, leek violin, cucumber-ophones and celery bongos.

This is what they say on their website:
"The ensemble overcomes preserved and marinated sound conceptions or tirelessly re-stewed listening habits, putting its focus on expanding the variety of vegetable instruments, developing novel musical ideas and exploring fresh vegetable sound gardens."
You can check them out at
Some of the instruments look like something a lady might purchase from a specialist catalogue.
There are 11 musicians in the Orchestra. They play everything from House, Jazz to Classical. They perform between 20 and 30 performances per year.
Nicklaus Gansterer, co-founder of the orchestra, explained how it all began: "We got the idea one day while we were cooking and chopping tomatoes.
"We got fascinated with the sound the chopping made, and from that moment we have started to hear music in a new way."

And if you’re wondering about what happens to all the Vegetables…At the end of the concert they make soup and distribute to the crowd.

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra!!!

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