Once again, the Aeolus Quartet finds itself in another ridiculously idyllic setting to play some chamber music…

siesta key beach

And the chamber music involves kazoos…

Sherlock Jr kazoos

The above little gem of videography captured by none other than Greg Luce, violist of this quartet, pretty accurately sums up the experience of providing the live music soundtrack for the 1924 Buster Keaton silent film “Sherlock Jr.” The first performance of four went down last night at the historic Asolo Theatre here in sunny Sarasota, check out more info here. Working with the inimitable Stephen Prutsman, who composed the hilarious score for the film and has performed it over 50 times, has been a blast. I think I speak for the whole quartet when I say that perfectly timing a slide whistle to the hero slipping on a banana peel in the film is not as easy as it looks…

But when we’re not honing our technique on toy instruments, you may find us heading out to the beach-

siesta key beach 2

On an unrelated note, there’s a great sale going on for violas for those of you interested :)

violas market pack