violin around the world

I invite you to join me in a new documentary series that will explore the violin in its many natural habitats-  to travel with me and my violin to dozens of countries and regions that celebrate the violin as a native instrument - as one of their own.

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Many names for the same instrument perfected in Italy in the 18th Century.

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There really is something transcendent about the sound of a violin. It’s the sound of love, passion, beauty, pain, and madness- all at the same time.

The deceptively simple design of the violin was perfected in Italy in the 16th Century, the descendent of many bowed string instruments which proliferated around the silk road and beyond. With a delicate wooden body, metal-wound gut strings, a fretless fingerboard, and a horsehair bow, the violin has a sound grounded in nature . Its almost unbelievable tonal flexibility and a sound often described as similar to the human voice, the violin (or fiddle, or keman, or geige, etc...) has the ability to connect with people like no other instrument.

The violin also transcends physical and national boundaries.

Part of the story of the widespread use of the violin is that it is relatively small and portable.  It can go just about anywhere a person can go, and has been carried by traveling musicians, immigrants, and refugees, for centuries.

But more importantly, the violin has the uncanny ability to mimic the nuances of singing styles in countless languages, and in the hands of a virtuoso, the violin can to do what no singer could ever dream of doing. These qualities and more, have made it an important part of traditional and classical music worldwide.

Kala Ramnath

Antal Szalai

Mark O’Conner

Alicia Svigals