This isn’t the first video VeloVID has posted that uses bicycles as musical instruments but unlike Frank Zappa’s early appearance on the Steve Allen Show, SPIN, by evalyn parry, is about more than just the novelty of a bike as a musical instrument. It is “a theatrical song cycle… starring the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change”. In other words, it’s art. Something Zappa would appreciate I think.
This piece, which is inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895, was first performed in 2011 but parry is bringing back to Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on May 8, 2019. For tickets, go to: http://bit.ly/SpinDandyHorse. Many thanks to Dandyhorse for bringing this to my attention.
There are more videos from the 2011 performances on evalyn parry’s Youtube page.