Play the violin like a bird / by Joe Townsend

In preparation for the Creative String Group at Trinity Laban that starts in a week or two, here are some serious extended techniques for the violin. In the woods near Gherla in Transylvania, Josef Ghermant imitates the birds around him, and even teaches them a thing or two.  Bringing your left hand around to the other side really helps to let go. I love the cockerel sounds. Iogica was Ceausescu's Gypsy Orchestra leader. He told hilarious tales about the band's escapades and escapes from the sadistic humour of their boss. After the revolution he lived a simple life teaching the violin to children in the town.

He died a few years ago but his memory lives on in the memories of those who were touched by his beautiful playing. 

The film was shot by Kate Hands.