Over the last 22 years a Vienna-based orchestra has been taking a rather unconventional approach towards music performance by showing that, apart from being good for your health, vegetables also have great acoustic potential.
Prior to each of their performances, the members of the Vegetable Orchestra purchase fresh produce from a local farmer’s market, which is later carved into instruments on stage for a live audience.
To create their distinct sounds, the Austrian musicians use almost every vegetable you can imagine. Some are readymade items such as ambient onion peels, squeaky bell onions, and even a pumpkin as a bass. Others are cut and carved into pieces that actually resemble traditional instruments. Among these are parsnips, courgettes, and carrots, all of which have an amazing sonic similarity to the more classic wind and brass instruments.
The best part of it all, after each of their performances, the musicians cook up all the spare parts from their carved veggie instruments into a wholesome soup that’s served to their audience.
Although the orchestra has been in quarantine since the start of the COVID-19 outbreaks, they recently reunited over Zoom to perform a new original song called “Green Days.” If you wish to see the orchestra perform, follow the source article.