The Vegetable Orchestra
by Kimberly Junod / WXPN
Sense of Place: Produce shopping for musical instruments in Vienna, Austria
Vienna is a city where the streets are alive with the sounds of violins, pianos, clarinets and … vegetables!? A member of the city’s Vegetable Orchestra takes us shopping at a local market for instruments.
- "La Valse Éphémère"
- "In V"
- "Carrot Pano Drama"
Ah, Vienna! Known as the City of Music! The historical home of composers like Mozart and Beethoven. A city where you can hear a world-class opera or symphony any night of the week. A city where the streets are alive with the sounds of violins! Pianos! Clarinets! And … VEGETABLES!?
Today, we kick off our Sense of Place: Vienna series with one of the city’s more unconventional groups — the Vegetable Orchestra. Yes, they play vegetables — but, you might be surprised by their work, like their audiences often are. Join me and a member of Vienna’s Vegetable Orchestra as we go shopping at a local market for instruments!
Thank you to Susanna Gartmayer of the Vegetable Orchestra, and thank you to Austrian Music Export — especially Arianna Fleur Alfreds — for connecting us with artists and cool corners of Vienna’s music scene. Thank you, as well, to World Cafe Senior Producer Kimberly Junod for her work on this session.