Friday, April 25, 2008

Cellist Raises A Funky Family

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A creative cellist is getting hip tips from some pint-sized players.

Rufus Cappadocia is redefining the cello’s role by incorporating West African, Middle Eastern, and classic rock influences into his style.

He even built a five-string electric cello, which he used to rock out to Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” on a live NPR concert.

But just because he’s a success on stage, doesn’t mean he doesn’t get some help at home.

The musical maverick’s two sons, ages four and 10, both play the cello, and he admits, “My four-year-old is really into it – he makes me practice! And my 10-year-old is quite good. He can also breakdance and beat-box. He’s a hip kid.”

And there’s one side of the music world his kids are already better at than him.

He says, “They love Guitar Hero, but I don’t play it!”

Songs For Cello is out now.

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