2 Cel­los to bust mu­sic genre bound­aries in Philly.

The Review - - Front Page - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

WEST PHILADEL­PHIA » The clas­si­cally trained Croa­t­ian duo 2 Cel­los made a name for them­selves for imag­i­na­tively re­ar­rang­ing mod­ern songs.

They­were the first in­stru­men­tal­ists to be fea­tured on “Glee” and they ap­peared mul­ti­ple times on “The To­day Show” and “The Ellen De­Generes Show,” in ad­di­tion to “The Tonight Show.”

Cel­lists Luka Sulic and St­jepan Hauser en­listed the London Sym­phony Orches­tra, with con­duc­tor/ ar­ranger Robin Smith, for their lat­est al­bum, “Score.” It ex­plores melodies from clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary movies and tele­vi­sion, in­clud­ing “Game of Thrones,” “Ti­tanic”’s “My Heart Will Go on” and Van­ge­lis’ “Char­i­ots of Fire.”

Sulic and Hauser were in Europe when they an­swered some ques­tions in ad­vance of their Sept. 13 con­cert at the Mann Cen­ter.

Is it true you two were once mu­si­cal ri­vals? Tell me about how you met.

We have known each other since child­hood and there was a bit of mu­si­cal ri­valry at the time. We de­vel­oped a friend­ship in the UK, where we were both study­ing, and con­nected over our strong pas­sion for the cello but also our de­sire to be ex­per­i­men­tal and push bound­aries.

What was your first ex­per­i­ment in the re­work­ing of a rock song that­made you both go: “Oh wow!”?

Our ver­sion of Michael Jack­son’s “Smooth Crim­i­nal” was very popular, and was im­por­tant in show­ing that it is pos­si­ble take clas­si­cal in­stru­ments be­yond their tra­di­tional bound­aries and give new life to pop songs. This is an im­por­tant goal for us.

Are there any plans for ei­ther of you to tour with an orches­tra?

We were lucky enough to write our new al­bum with the London Sym­phony Orches­tra. So to bring these beau­ti­ful pieces of mu­sic to life, we are per­form­ing along­side or­ches­tras for the whole of this tour.

Be­ing from Cen­tral Euro­pean coun­tries, what does your suc­cess say about mu­sic be­ing a uni­ver­sal lan­guage?

Mu­sic is ac­ces­si­ble to any­one and ev­ery­one, and has the abil­ity to bridge across so­cial and cul­tural bound­aries. We hope that our mu­sic is hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect on peo­ple, and if it is boost­ing the pro­file of the cello and clas­si­cal mu­sic, then that is great.

How im­por­tant was El­ton John in ex­pos­ing you to aw­ider au­di­ence (He was so im­pressed with their mu­si­cian­ship that he asked them to tour with him. John calls them “as­ton­ish­ing ... I can’t re­mem­ber see­ing any­thing as ex­cit­ing as them since I saw (Jimi) Hen­drix live back in the ‘60s”)?

Tour­ing with El­ton was fan­tas­tic and an honor. He’s a liv­ing le­gend and a re­ally kind and funny guy. And to have re­ceived the praise he has given us is in­cred­i­ble and can only have helped our ca­reers. He opened our eyes to what it means to be a big star. And now we’re play­ing in are­nas he plays in – this is crazy!

How im­por­tant is YouTube for what you guys do?

Well it all started for us on YouTube, so its re­ally im­por­tant! YouTube is an amaz­ing plat­form that of­fers us a reach to so many peo­ple with our mu­sic, some whomay not even know they are fans, but come across it by accident.

Through hav­ing both our live per­for­mances and mu­sic videos posted on there, peo­ple can get a full ex­pe­ri­ence of our mu­sic and our pas­sion.

What was the best ad­vice you ever got?

Just be your­self and pur­sue your dreams. No dream is too big!

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