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How The Root Vegetable Orchestra Travels And Creates Their Musical Instruments

Updated on January 31, 2015
Roots That Toot!
Roots That Toot!

Vienna's Vegetable Orchestra

A few years ago I watched the vegetable orchestra on YouTube with the fascination of a little kid. If I was a school teacher, I'd have the students make their own instruments out of some vegetable that they would bring from home. The parents and kids could make it into an outing to the grocery store, where they would observe the textures, sizes, colors, skins, shapes and composition of the vegetables they eat. Perhaps it would bring them closer to their food and find them fun and fragrant, as well as investigate their tonal qualities.

The Vienna's Vegetable Orchestra now travels to distant lands enchanting their audience with the unusual instruments and inventive sounds produced during these concerts.

Without further ado, I'd like to present them in concert here on Hubpages.

Here is link to recent CBS News Coverage


Here's Your First Taste of Some Sounds

Original Instruments. Original Compositions, Original Sounds

Perish The Thought!

All of the instruments are perishable. They last for a concert and then, I don't think they eat them or cook them, they are tossed. Not in a salad. This means the musicians must go back to the drawing board, the grocery store to select the finest specimens, with the greatest potential for musical sounds, carve, wrapped, test and tap until an entire new line of instruments are ready for the concert. 

In other words, the instruments are never the same. Spontaneous and impromptu, they play with spirit and color. It looks like so much fun. Although, we can imagine the art and craft of creation must be time consuming and take quite a bit of skill. 

Workshop Creations

Close Your Eyes and Meditate

We are not able to watch the musicians play there instruments. You might as well close your eyes and listen. I felt like I was in a tropical jungle at one point. Move with the music. Techno and more...

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra Website:

So Awesome if you visit their website. Some really cool sound audio files.

They have a CD of music and their calendar of events.

They also do workshops. Maybe one day I will get to see them play live.

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra


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    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Martie ~ I just got to the computer today. Isn't this truly amazing what an inventive mind can do? Of course, we know that flutes have been made from reed-like natural plants for millennium, but who could have thought up these veggie and fruit instruments?! Thanks so much for sharing. Love, Debby

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      So nice to meet someone who is also into orchestral music and instruments. It is amazing what a true musician will use to make music - I'm sending a link to our local music school - it may give them a few ideas. Thanks Debby.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Fluffly77 ~ I'm starting to giggle now. You must have read ten hubpages and commented on all of them. So, appreciative! This was not one from the 30-Day Challenge, but simply love the ingenuity and potential for children to learn with parents. Hugs, Debby

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      How wonderful, fun and unique! I think that kids and adults both could learn to care and enjoy there veggies much more this way too. Not just music here, I can see the usage of a learning and teaching tool from this. Awesome, voted you up here.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Sir Slave. Please explain how the information about herbs and health relate to this story about a musical vegetable orchestra? I'm interested to find out.

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      sir slave 7 years ago from Trinity county CA.

      excellent information.

      I try to avoid the doctor when ever I can.

      herbs are the way of the past and future.

      I use feverfew on my annoying migranes.

      that along with a good basis of vitimain b2 and magnesium. advil is only needed once in a while.

      feverfew also cures my sad(or what was remaining of it)

      and most of my stomach woes. it really has been a miracle along with Magnesium. herb also make you feel more in control, because you HAVE to be positive....but herbs and good vibes bring back the health every time!!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi AliciaC - please let us know how your carrot flute turns out. Love, Debby

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      Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an entertaining and fascinating hub! I loved the sound of the vegetable orchestra. I’ve got to try making a carrot flute!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi Richard. I'm glad you liked it. It is also interesting to read the response to the poll. The results tell us that we will be viewing our vegetables differently from now on, more as "the musical vegetables" which reminds me of "the musical fruit" that makes you toot. [71%] And the Vienna Orchestra will be getting more visitors to their website as people want to learn more about them. [28% of poll takers]

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That was an ingteresting hub and great reading. Thank you for sharing.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi Richard, You and I think alike. When I see something exciting and what looks like an educational craft, I think of the children and their delight. Do you have the tools to carve out the root vegetables like carrots, rutabagas and potatoes?

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Sounds like a fun project for our grandchildren!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hello fucsia. I'm surprised that people are just learning about this incredibly talented bunch of artists. Now, I'm really glad I shared.

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      But it is truly wonderful... I had never heard of vegetable orchestra. I am amazed! Thanks for sharing.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Dear New Hub Friends - Sue, Lilly, Gramma ~ Since you enjoyed this Hub, I just added three new links for you to check out. You might like them. See below! ?

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      tnderhrt23 7 years ago

      Yes, I Hubhop...I must confess, but I believe I found you through another author who follows you, but I cant tell you who cause I don't remember but...I'm sure glad I did!

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      This is a very amazing thing I have witnessed in this Hub! Woah. Who knew? I am amazed. Great Hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Mills 7 years ago from Indiana

      Yes, I was hoppin' the hubs. So glad I did!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hello tnderhert23 and sueroy333

      So nice to have new readers. Tell me, how did you find my hub? Did you hubhop? Everyone toot your veggies!

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      Susan Mills 7 years ago from Indiana

      Excellent. I'll never look at vegetables the same again. From now on I guess I'll have to tell my kid, "go ahead and play with your food-it may become a career one day."

      Great hub!

    • tnderhrt23 profile image

      tnderhrt23 7 years ago

      This was fascinating! Their music has a spiritual quality to it that combined with their creativity and hand-crafting, is just awesome to me! This is an enlightening hub, thanks for sharing it!