OK, these guys are completely crazy. Taken from their website:
The Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables.
The utilization of various ever refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe. The Vegetable Orchestra was founded in 1998. It consists of 11 musicians, a sound engineer and a video artist. Based in Vienna, the Vegetable Orchestra plays concerts in Europe and Asia. From time to time workshops are given – on how to manufacture an instrument or on musical topics.
There are no musical boundaries for the Vegetable Orchestra. The most diverse music styles fuse here – contemporary music, beat-oriented House tracks, experimental Electronic, Free Jazz, Noise, Dub, Clicks’n’Cuts – the musical scope of the ensemble expands consistently, and recently developed vegetable instruments and their inherent sounds often determine the direction.
My favorite instrument is the cucumberphone. It makes an appearance in their CD entitled automate. The songs are named cut1, cut2 and cut3. But the coolest recording is this absolutely fantastic Remix CD of their music.
Here’s a video covering veggie purchasing, preparation and performance. Gotta love that cucumberphone!!
Oh ya, and as an encore at the end of the concert and the video performance, the audience is offered fresh vegetable soup.