Thursday, August 04, 2011 Posted by Dina N
2Cellos are two young music students - Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. After the 24-year Croatians posted a self-made music video of them performing Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal on their cellos, they became an overnight sensation.
Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have been playing the cello since childhood. Both recently completed their studies – Luka at the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, Stjepan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They have performed throughout the world at renowned venues and have won many international prizes.
Last month, SonyMasterworks released the duo's debut album, 2Cellos. The album includes a dozen hits originally performed by U2, Michael Jackson, Sting and Guns N'Roses, among others. I was astonished to realize that the only instruments in this album are the two cellos. There are no drums, no vocals, nothing except these two amazing musicians and their cellos. I've never doubted the expressive force of a single musical instrument but the 2Cellos are truly remarkable. Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser's performance makes me forget about everything else but the sound of their strings. They make two cellos sound like an entire orchestra. Their music is at times explosive, at times gentle. I love every single track but my favorites are their interpretations of Fragile, The Resistance, and Smells Like Teen Spirit. Their energy is contagious, and their passion makes these well-known hits sound in a completely new way.
Here is a complete list of tracks:
1. Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)
2. Miserlou / Pulp Fiction Theme (Dick Dale)
3. Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)
4. Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)
5. Fragile (Sting)
6. The Resistance (Muse)
7. Hurt (Trent Reznor/Johnny Cash)
8. Welcome To The Jungle (Guns N' Roses)
9. Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
10. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
12. With or Without You (U2)
I've been obsessed with the music of the 2Cellos, listening to them every day for the past two weeks. I can't wait to hear more from them. Watching 2Cellos perform is a treat as well. The duo's first world tour started in July and includes the several stops in the US. Whether or not you have a chance to hear them live, you must check out their debut CD.
Find the 2Cellos on Facebook and Twitter (@2Cellos) and watch the Smooth Criminal and Welcome to the Jungle videos on YouTube.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo courtesy of the company or PR firm.