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Surfin' Bela - Surfin' Beladotdotdotdotdot
artworkSurfin' Bela is a project of Uli Boesking (Bremen, Germany). He plays electric violin in dark and moody tones with a rock and roll attitude. It rocks and rolls in a classical wash, illustrating once again that many of the classical composers were punks in their day. Think It's A Beautiful Day in a dungeon without words. Amazing!
Picks: Misirlou, Mosquito Dance, Ruthenian Song, Voodoo Chick, Muckentanz, Ruthenisches Lied, Misirlou, Acercados, Nenas!

Track by Track Review


Misirlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

Very heavily effected cello rips through "Misirlou" in an entirely fresh approach. While based on Dick Dale and his Del-tones' single, the grode bass and rhythm, and particularly the glorious cello, just make this shine!

This is played by the trio lineup (viola, cello, drums).

Mosquito Dance dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

Bela Bartok's "Mosquito Dance" is very interesting in the dark tones employed against a surf beat kind of structure. Dangerous in a classical setting, electrified and intense.

This is played by the trio lineup (viola, cello, drums).

Ruthenian Song dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

Yeah! Brilliantly surfy in darkened, electrified classical strings. The "Paint It Black" verse is precious. Totally compelling!

This is played by the trio lineup (viola, cello, drums). "Ruthenian Song" is Bela Bartok's "Ruthenisches Lied."

Voodoo Chick dotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

Dramatic and angular, modern and ancient sounds coexist. "Voodoo Chick" is unfriendly and inventive, like an industrial precursor unearthed in a cold tomb.

Quartet (violin & baritone violin unison)

Muckentanz dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

"Muckentanz" ("Mosquito Dance") is done differently than the trio arrangement. The quartet (violin & baritone violin unison) adds depth and richness. This is totally cool!

Ruthenisches Lied dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

The quartet (violin & baritone violin unison) gives "Ruthenisches Lied" richer and more angular textures. The "Paint It Black" (Rolling Stones) verses are very cool. This is tuff and powerful.

Misirlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

Under the name Voodoochicks, the quartet (violin & baritone violin unison) drives "Misirlou" to a frenzy. Different from the first track, and just as strong!

Acercados, Nenas! dotdotdotdot
Surf Violin (Instrumental)

This is electric violin alone with bass. "Acercados, Nenas!" is a splendid and fanciful tune, somewhat dark, and very artful. There's nothing classical about the way Surfin' Bela plays violin - well, yes there is, but you know what I mean. Superb!