Public News (Houston) - - CRAMPTON’S MUSIC CIRCLE - By Mark Cramp­ton mark.cramp­[email protected]­lic­new­son­

A while back I was search­ing YouTube for a mu­sic video, and stum­bled across a kind of funny video that stuck in my mind. Two young mu­si­cians in 17th Cen­tury court dress were giv­ing a cello con­cert in a Baroque mu­sic hall, the au­di­ence also in 17th Cen­tury cloth­ing, pow­dered wigs and all!

They be­gan play­ing Vi­valdi, then sud­denly it turned into a ‘du­el­ing cel­los’ con­cert as they segued into a cover of “Thun­der­struck” by AC/DC! Fas­ci­nat­ing, as a cer­tain Vul­can might have re­marked! When I had time, I searched out other videos and in­for­ma­tion about the mu­si­cians.

It turns out that the two young mu­si­cians, Luka Sulic from Mari­bor, Slove­nia and St­jepan Hauser from Pula, Croa­tia (both coun­tries are part of the for­mer Yu­goslavia), are both in­ter­na­tional rec­og­nized and cel­e­brated CLAS­SI­CAL mu­sic per­form­ers.

Sulic and Hauser first met in their teens while at­tend­ing classes in Croa­tia. Sulic went on to study in Vi­enna, Aus­tria and Lon­don, Eng­land. Hauser con­ducted his ad­vanced stud­ies in Manch­ester and then also Lon­don, Eng­land. Of note, dur­ing his time in Lon­don, Hauser played two pri­vate recitals for Prince Charles.

For the du­ra­tion of their school­ing and train­ing years, Sulic and Hauser were ri­vals, op­po­nents in mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions. Be­tween them, they have enough mu­sic awards and prizes to pa­per that Baroque mu­sic hall in the video Ap­par­ently though, the pair found that be­ing two of the most rec­og­nized young clas­si­cal mu­si­cians in the world, though proper and noble, was much less than fi­nan­cially re­ward­ing!

In an at­tempt to al­le­vi­ate their fi­nan­cial straits, in Jan­uary, 2011 Sulic and Hauser en­tered the pop mu­sic world by record­ing a cover of Michael Jack­son’s “Smooth Crim­i­nal” specif­i­cally for YouTube. That mu­sic video be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion! 2Cel­los had cre­ated a new style of mu­sic, dubbed “Ba-Rock”.

By May 2011, 2Cel­los had recorded and re­leased their first al­bum, self-ti­tled 2Cel­los. They dili­gently searched for rock and pop mu­sic that could be tran­scribed for their two cel­los, and ended up cov­er­ing songs by such di­verse orig­i­nals as Guns N’Roses, Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Nir­vana, Ricky Martin, Sting, U2, and, of course, Michael Jack­son.

2Cel­los next em­barked on a world tour with El­ton John in June 2011, cul­mi­nat­ing in the Queen’s Diamond Ju­bilee Con­cert at Buck­ing­ham Palace on June 4, 2012.

Early in 2013, 2Cel­los’s sec­ond al­bum, In­2i­tion, was re­leased. It does have some Clas­si­cal mu­sic, but is pri­mar­ily cov­ers. How­ever, the duets are with such dis­sim­i­lar mu­si­cians as El­ton John, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera, Sky Fer­reira, Steve Vai, and Zuc­chero.

A mu­sic video of 2Cel­los, joined by Steve Vai on AC/DCs “High­way to Hell” was also re­leased to YouTube at this al­bum’s de­but.

In sum­mer of 2013, 2Cel­los again ac­com­pa­nied El­ton John on another world tour, cul­mi­nat­ing in De­cem­ber with two days of sold­out per­for­mances at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York.

The “Thun­der­struck” video I saw was re­leased in Fe­bru­ary 2014, and in March 2Cel­los em­barked on their first solo con­cert tour, to Ja­pan.

Their third al­bum, Celloverse, was re­leased early in 2015. It is, again, mostly cov­ers, but as a bonus in­cludes a DVD with seven videos. Some are con­cert record­ings, some are YouTube videos. I or­dered this al­bum from Ama­zon my­self, and am ea­gerly await­ing its de­liv­ery.

2Cel­los also em­barked on a solo world tour early this year, be­gin­ning in Amer­ica, but had to post­pone the rest of the Amer­i­can dates when Hauser was in­jured. They do plan to re­sume the Euro­pean half of the tour in June.

Sulic and Hauser say that although their al­bums are pri­mar­ily rock and pop mu­sic, they do not in­tend to desert their clas­si­cal roots. Of their five sched­uled con­certs in Europe this sum­mer, two are Clas­si­cal and three are rock. They say that their fu­ture plans are to tour with a com­bined clas­si­cal and mod­ern or­ches­tra.

Check out some of 2Cel­los’s mu­sic videos on YouTube. Their mu­sic is good, and the videos are en­ter­tain­ing as well. Maybe, like me, you’ll find them good enough to or­der their al­bums.

Although the two record cov­ers of mainly rock songs, Šulić and Hauser say they still play with or­ches­tras and will not aban­don play­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic. The cel­lists say they would some­day like to go on tour with both a clas­si­cal and a con­tem­po­rary or­ches­tra.

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