At the end of the day …. “Jon Schmidt’s: Game Day”!!


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~~November 4, 2015~~ 

JON SCHMIDT’S GAME DAY

A beautiful way to end a long day

… under the spell of Jon’s magic hands and the awesome keyboard which he masters.

I believe this is one of his early compositions before “The Piano Guys” became the YouTube sensation they currently are.

I had the pleasure to watch them live, in concert.

It was an unforgettable evening.

I just found this video today.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

HortyRex©

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The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music.

Schmidt and Nelson‘s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson and formerly by Tel Stewart.

Paul Anderson owned a piano shop in St. George, Utah. He met musician Jon Schmidt as the latter walked in to ask if he could practice there for an upcoming concert. Months later, Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart (then just for fun) started making videos together with Jon Schmidt. It was not too long after that they did their first collaboration with Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al Van Der Beek as the studio and music technician. After the five of them started collaborating the group really started to take off, producing a music video each week and posting it to YouTube.

… and the rest is history!

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“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Piano_Guys

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MEMBERS

Jon Schmidt

Steven Sharp Nelson

Paul Anderson

Al van der Beek

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Jon Schmidt (born 1966) is an American pianist currently residing in Bountiful, Utah. He describes his style as “new-age classical.”

He was born to German immigrants who acquainted him with the works of such composers as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. He began songwriting at age 11. To date, he has released eight albums and seven piano books containing transcriptions of original arrangements.

He works with Steven Sharp Nelson – The Piano Guys – which has gained fame via the internet.

(as if you didn’t know this already)

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~~Game Day~~

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At the end of the day …. “Piano Guys: When Stars and Salt collide – Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars”!!


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~~October 3, 2015~~ 

SKY FULL OF STARS

The Piano Guys just released their most recent video today.

I’ve been following these musicians since I first heard of them through very my very dear friends Susan and Grant.

I’ve posted many of their YouTube videos in this blog.

I was lucky to see them perform live in Melbourne, Florida.

I think they are amazing.

Their musical talent combined with the awesome photography, videography and the team effort that shows through in their work is worth of the current worldwide acclaim and fame they have acquired.

In person, they are quite down to earth and genuine.

I didn’t know this story about how they started.

They shared it on their official website.

I would like to share it with you.

Hope you enjoy.

HortyRex©

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It was 2011.

Late in the year. What started as a small town ambition to sell pianos through social media had shown some promise as a standalone YouTube music video channel. We had a few videos under our belts. We had a handful of subscribers. We were building steam. We were loving it!

But one looming, sour-faced, obstinate obstacle stood in the way.

Reality.

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How could we sustain this? How could we keep this pace?

We had robbed too much time away from family, day jobs; we were living two lives — nocturnal and diurnal — in an attempt to write music and film videos in every spare second.

Our day jobs, including the Piano Store itself, saw a sharp decline due to negligence.

Reality hit. It hit hard.

Our music videos were not providing near enough to provide for our families, our number one priority.

They say that the only difference between a large pizza and a professional musician is that a large pizza can feed a family of four!

So we hatched this crazy idea.

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What if our genesis, as official full-time “Piano Guys,” could be “crowd funded?”

What if we offered special packages to people in exchange for their support to help us get our wheels off the ground? We launched the “Founders” program. We were cautious in our optimism, but we were completely overwhelmed. The generous support of so many people gave us the wings we needed. And it gave us a boost in confidence, enthusiasm, and commitment to the people listening and watching.

Now here we are. Over fifty videos with 700 million views, four million YouTube subscribers, a million Facebook fans, and four albums with Sony. We’ve sold out shows in the U.S., Mexico, China, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Hungary, Austria, England, Scotland, France, Korea, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, and Japan. And best of all, our families haven’t starved! All because of our Founders. Had it not been for your support and faith in us, we would not be The Piano Guys today.

If you’re a Founder, you know that we do all we can to ensure that our music videos are not just a “product.” We put everything we’ve got into them. All of who we are. There is a spiritual component to them. We try to “break the mold” with them. We want something on the internet that grandparents, parents, and children can enjoy. Together. Our mission has always been to lift people with what we do. Prompt a smile. Hope. Encouragement to keep practicing or to take up an instrument! A moment of escape from a world that can all too often peddle darkness on us. Life is made up of moments. Small things snowball into great things. We wanted to do something small that could help someone to be great. And if all we did was help one person it would have been worth it.

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Because of you, we’ve reached people that we couldn’t dream of reaching. Many of these people have talked to us at our concerts, posted on our walls, messaged and emailed us with their stories. They are inspiring. They are miraculous. They are stories of people rekindling long lost relationships, surmounting mountainous challenges, finding meaning in life, chasing out life’s “demons,” starting and excelling at an instrument, reconnecting with God, or being emboldened in a career choice.

They are your stories. You made them happen. Thank you from all of these good people, whose souls’ worth is incalculable. Thank you from our spouses. Our children. Thank you from the bottom of everything we have and everything we aspire to be. You remain our inspiration.

Our benefactors. Our Founders.

We love you.

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Please accept this video as a very small token of our appreciation for you.

Your names are printed on what we now affectionately call our “Founders’ Piano” and “Founders’ Cello!

For your video we put together an arrangement of a super cool tune called, “A Sky Full of Stars,” by Coldplay, because we feel like the REAL stars of the Piano Guys are our Founders.

As we were writing and recording this we prayed that we could pour our sincere gratitude into each and every measure.

After we finished with the music we determined to film in a place you may recognize, the Salt Flats where we filmed “Moonlight.” What better venue than a place of our “roots” and where your names would be the “stars” of the film, starkly contrasted against the eternal white salt stretching as far as the eye can see?

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MEMBERS

Jon Schmidt

Steven Sharp Nelson

Paul Anderson

Al van der Beek

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A SKY FULL OF STARS

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~~When Stars and Salt Collide~~

Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars

(piano/cello cover)

~~Published on Oct 3, 2015~~

We hope you enjoy this video It is dedicated to you!

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To start the day …. The Piano Guys: “Jurassic World Sonata”!!


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~~June 11, 2015~~ 

65 million years in the making!

Jurassic World‘ Sonata by The Piano Guys

In honor of Jurassic World coming out today (6/10/15), Utah-based musical group The Piano Guys perform a cello and piano version of the classic theme music from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

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“When you combine Michael Crichton’s imaginative writing, Stephen Spielberg’s cinematic directing, and John Williams’ transcendent composition, it’s an infallible recipe for an epic movie – now relived in the latest iteration of the series, “Jurassic World.”

We thought we’d pay tribute to this “hat trick” of artistry by arranging a “chill,” almost reverent version of John Williams’ deeply emotive theme from Jurassic Park and film it in the nearest prehistoric place we could find:

Crawdad Canyon. We hope you enjoy it!”

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Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was co-written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver,Derek Connolly, and Trevorrow. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. Wong is the only actor from any of the previous films to appear in Jurassic World.

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22 years after the Isla Nublar incident, Zach and Gray Mitchell are going to visit their aunt Claire Dearing, the park operations manager of Jurassic World, a fully functional dinosaur theme park off the coast of Costa Rica.

Upon arriving on the Island, Claire is too busy to spend time with them so leaves them in the care of her assistant Zara. Simon Masrani, the park’s owner arrives and takes Claire to see their new genetically modified dinosaur, the Indominus Rex. Upon inspection he tells her he wants Owen Grady, a velociraptor expert to make sure the enclosure is adequate.

….. and for the rest, go see the movie!!

“As it appears in … full read, full credit”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_World

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~~”Jurassic World Sonata”~~

65 million years in the making!

~~Published on Jun 10, 2015~~

An almost reverent version of John Williams’ deeply emotive theme from Jurassic Park and film it in the nearest prehistoric place we could find: Crawdad Canyon.

We hope you enjoy it!

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“Jurassic Park Theme” written by John Williams
Piano Guys Arrangement produced by Jon Schmidt
Written by Jon Schmidt, Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by Jon Schmidt, Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson, Cello
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah

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To start the day …. “The Piano Guys Behind ThePianoGuys”!!


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~~May 24, 2015~~ 

Many of those who stop by “It Is What It Is” may know that I am an ardent fan of The Piano Guys.

I learned about them through a dear friend who asked: Have you seen The Piano Guys’ videos?

I hadn’t. Who are they? Susan knows I play the piano and how much music means to me. She introduced me to them as we watched “Michael Meets Mozart”, then “Peponi”, then “Beautiful” … I was hooked!

Since then I’ve started following them. I’ve bought their CD’s and I was able to see them live in concert in Melbourne, Florida.

An unforgettable experience. They are really down to earth. They called themselves “nerds”. To me, the most important things are that they have an incredible sense of humor and an amazing talent.

I really enjoy The Piano Guys.

I hope you enjoy this clip!

HortyRex©

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Have you ever wondered how the ThePianoGuys move the grand pianos on top of mountains, Great Wall of China, trains and other crazy locations?

Meet The Piano Guys Behind ThePianoGuys.

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http://thepianoguys.com/portfolio/studio-c-behind-the-piano-guys/?portfolioID=2668

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~~The Piano Guys Behind ThePianoGuys~~

~~Published on May 11, 2015~~

Video features ThePianoGuys (Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, Al van der Beek), Matt Meese, Mallory Everton, Whitney Call, Steven Meek, Stacy Harkey, James Perry and Jeremy Warner.

Have you ever wondered how the ThePianoGuys move the grand pianos on top of mountains, Great Wall of China, trains and other crazy locations? Meet The Piano Guys Behind ThePianoGuys.

StudioC’s ThePianoGuys Documentary/Rockumentary

Thanks to ThePianoGuys (Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, Al van der Beek) and make sure to subscribe to their channel

Also, Special Thanks to “the real Piano Guys behind ThePianoGuys.”
Jeremy Crawford, Shaye Scott, Addison Foote, Danae Tumanuvao, Kyle Fisher and countless others!

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At the end of the day …. The Piano Guys: “What Are Words”!!


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~~May 9, 2015~~ 

I am so thrilled to share Peter Hollens & my collaboration with The Piano Guys. Such a beautiful song with a meaningful message & what an honor to work with the incredibly talented Jon Schmidt while we were in Hawaii. Enjoy!

Evynne Hollens

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Peter Hollens is an American singer/songwriter, producer and entrepreneur.

He has been involved with a cappella music since 1999 when he and Leo da Silva founded the University of Oregon’s a cappella group, On The Rocks, known as the first official collegiate a cappella group in Oregon. He regularly releases new music videos to his YouTube channel.

Hollens is married to Evynne Hollens, founder of the a cappella group Divisi. Evynne has her own YouTube channel, posting music videos, occasionally collaborating with her husband. On November 28, 2013, she posted a video on her channel, which revealed that she was expecting a baby.

The couple announced their baby’s name to be “Ashland James Hollens” and he was born on 31 March 2014.

“As it appears in ….. full read/full credit”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hollens

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https://twitter.com/evynnehollens

https://www.facebook.com/EvynneHollensMusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/PeterEvynneHollens

https://www.youtube.com/user/PeterEvynneHollens

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~~What Are Words~~

Peter & Evynne Hollens

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~~Published on May 7, 2015~~

We hope you enjoy our arrangement of Chris Medina’s tune, “What Are Words.”

We were inspired by this song because it was originally written as a tribute to Chris’ fiance who suffered a brain injury as the result of a car accident. Chris wouldn’t abandon her when she needed him most — the lyrics are beautiful, filled with poetic promises.

Listen to the original song and learn more about the story here: https://goo.gl/xpHqwB

We would also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Peter Hollens and his angel wife, Evynne whose transcendent voices gave this arrangement wings.

Thanks again for watching!!!

Title: What Are Words
As performed by Chris Medina, written by Rodney Jerkins, Andre Lindal and Lauren Christy
Arranged by Jon Schmidt, Tom Anderson, Peter Hollens & Evynne Hollens
Produced by Jon Schmidt & Peter Hollens
Performed by:
Peter Hollens, vocals
Evynne Hollens, vocals
Jon Schmidt, piano

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At the end of the day …. The Piano Guys: “I Want You Bach”!!


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~~March 18, 2015~~ 

The Piano Guys want you Bach … hot off the tube.  

Posted yesterday.

The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek.

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We all know by now that The Piano Guys love to add a healthy dose of pop culture into their videos to draw in, for lack of a better phrase, a traditionally unconventional audience into the classical music world.

They’ve battled good and evil with a “Star Wars” theme, jumped on the “Let It Go” bandwagon, and even nodded to British boy band One Direction, among many other things.

The premise of their latest video, “I Want You Bach,” asks what would happen if the 1770’s and the 1970’s traveled through space and time, colliding into an unlikely jam session.

The answer, of course, is in the video, which includes Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” mashed with several Bach pieces — Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 5, Two Part Invention No. 8, Minuet in G, Bourrée, and Gavotte from the French Suite No. 5, according to the video description.

“As it appears in …. full read”

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Jackson 5 and Bach were funky way before Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk!

~~”I Want You Bach”~~

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~~Published on Mar 17, 2015~~

Story behind the song

What if the harpsichord from the 1770’s hit headlong into the talk box from 1970’s? What if J.S. Bach and Jackson 5 met up and just jammed? Would they jive? Can you dig it? These are the kind of far out questions we asked ourselves as we laid down these licks and cut this film. We decided to put together a gig with two wigs in dandy attire and two hep-cats in some funkadelic threads to see if it would fly. (Incidentally, Steve’s 1770/1970 alter egos are “Sir Reginald von Sharp” and “Scooby” while Jon’s are “Duke Johann van Keymeister” and “Phil.”)

Presenting … “I Want You Bach” – Jackson 5’s funky “I Want You Back” mashed-up with 5 illustrious themes written by J.S. Bach. (See if you can catch them all – winner gets a free disco ball … which will be faxed to you).

All the sounds you hear were created by the instruments shown – including the words “I Want You Back/Bach” simulated by a “talk box” (popularly used in the 1970’s, but never with a cello!) Here’s how it works: Steve plays cello notes through a micro speaker built into a foot pedal, the sound then travels through a tube and into his mouth where he shapes the notes into actual words. (Google “talk box” to learn more – it’s pretty groovy.) To our knowledge the likes of electric cello, grand piano, harpsichord, Baroque cello, talk box, and kick drum have never gigged together. Until now.

It’s totally the battle of the 70’s – the 1770s and the 1970s … can you dig?

Phil is tickling the ivories of a custom-built hybrid grand piano, while Scooby shreds on a custom 5-stringed electric cello complete with a sidecar kick drum. Conversely, Sir Reginald is playing a circa-1700-replica Baroque cello (no “why don’t you fix it?” jokes, please), and Duke Johann is playing an actual harpsichord that was built and designed by Hale Centre Theatre. In fact, nearly everything you see in this video was provided by Hale Centre Theatre – from the sinking Piano/Cello platform down to the disco duds of Scooby and Phil opposite the Scarlett Pimpernel robes arrayed upon Johann and Sir Reggie.

We filmed this using 4K resolution (a huge step up from 1080p and quickly becoming the new “high def”), allowing for more freedom and flexibility to zoom in and out of static shots (which helped us create the illusion that two different versions of Jon and Steve were jamming together.)

And if you’ve read this far into the description you’re invited to either an evening of highbrow hobnobbing with Sir Reginald von Sharp and his entourage or a night of sick roller-skating with Phil and his dancing mustache.

Please choose a 1770s/1970s alter ego name.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organization, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

Bach’s compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over 300 sacred cantatas of which 190 survive.

His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

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To start the day .. “Without You”!!


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~~February 6, 2015~~ 

I’m so excited. I was so lucky to see The Piano Guys in concert last night at The Kings Performance Art Center in Melbourne, Florida. It was a dream come true … ever since I was introduced to them by some dear friends I’ve become an ardent fan. 

Last night was a wonderful experience. It was what I expected and more. 

Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson where the front men during most of the concert.  Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek graced us with their presence and the talent in the last song “Marching Ants” and the encore “What Makes You Beautiful”. 

They were witty, down to earth, approachable, down to earth and, of course, very talented!  Now, if possible I enjoy and love their music even more. 

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The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson.

On of the first songs they played was this “Without You“. A wonderful cover.

Here it is for your enjoyment.

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~~ Without You~~

Piano/Cello Cover – ThePianoGuys

~~Uploaded on Nov 10, 2011~~

Original song written by David Guetta, Taio Cruz, Frederic Riesterer, Rico Love, Raymond Usher, Giorgio & Tuinfort
Arrangement produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson

A special thanks to our filming location, Metcom Studios. They have an incredible studio in downtown Salt Lake City!

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