08.12.08 by Jeff

Victor Borge

I was flipping through the channels yesterday and I ended up watching a fascinating documentary about Danish pianist (and comedian) Victor Borge. I realised that I had seen many of his routines on television over the years, but it really hit me yesterday just how insanely talented he was.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvUbrbFdJ8g[/youtube]

This is footage of Victor Borge and violinist Anton Kontra improvising during a spontaneous encore. The music suggested for the encore is a selection that Borge had heard but never played before. Incredible! They are like two jazz musicians conversing with their instruments.

Here’s another great clip of Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro playing the Minute Waltz:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWrqtJTEmBk[/youtube]

And some of his comedic stuff, this one with Dean Martin:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7L02tCNi0I[/youtube]













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • http://flickr.com/photos/dutchct/ dutch

    what was the documentary called?

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    i think it was just called Legendary Victor Borge, not positive though.

  • http://www.lolzies.com Charlie Trotter

    Borge is solid class.

  • http://illsideink.com DanaWoulfe

    RAD! My grams took me to see him when i was a young buck. Good times!

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    wow lucky – i woulda loved to have seen him perform live

  • Hiroyuki Hamada

    Those were fun clips, thanks Jeff. I wonder if my guitar heroes will be rocking out when they are in their 80s. I somehow doubt it but maybe…

  • http://www.okaygreat.com Brendan

    That’s classic with Dean Martin. I was just reading this – http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/12/how-to-mod-a-pi.html – this morning; it’s a good article on piano mods & the group ‘Hauschka.’

  • Julie Groove

    Victor Borge is legendary in Danish entertainment :)





26.05.16 by Staff

Illustrator Spotlight: AJ Dungo

Dungo1

Selection of work by illustrator AJ Dungo. More images below.

Read More

26.05.16 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Zoe Hawk

zoe-hawk-artist07

A selection of paintings by artist Zoe Hawk (previously featured here) who grew up in St. Louis and spent the last few years split between the US and Doha, Qatar. Great interview with her here. More images below.

Read More

26.05.16 by Staff

Spider-like Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Human Movement

random-international

Random International’s “Study for Fifteen Points” is a 15-legged kinetic artwork. Tipped with white LED lights, the piece’s movements are an experiment with the minimal amount of information necessary for an animated form to be recognizable as human. More images below and video below!

Read More

26.05.16 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Louïs Rault Watanabe

(null)

Liberté Égalité Fraternité

 
My friend actor/model/photographer Louïs Rault Watanabe just had his first solo show “Lamba Human” open at SO Gallery in Tokyo. Have a look at some of photos below.

Read More

26.05.16 by Staff

Artist JR Makes the Louvre’s Glass Pyramid Disappear

JR3

Photo by @davidg16er

 
You may remember JR from his silent protest with Darren Aronofsky last year (click here for previous post). This time around the French artist has covered the Louvre’s massive glass pyramid with a black and white rendering of the building behind, creating the effect that the landmark has disappeared. The installation will be messing with selfie-seeking tourists from now until June 27th. More images below!

Read More