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Settling down in Beirut on their world tour, the seven-man band blends a cocktail of jazz, folk, Latin and pop with traditional classical music.The ensemble brings together members from the philharmonic orchestras of Vienna and Berlin, allowing them to play music and create arrangements and mashups that would never be performed by the larger traditional orchestras.Moving into more popular territory, the group gave a much-appreciated orchestral version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," cleverly arranged to use the different instruments to represent the various textures and tones of Mercury's voice.Between sets, Ottensamer shared amusing tidbits and anecdotes about the band and the songs they wrote. He explained that Gurtler's arrangement of "Feliz Navidad" emerged from his hatred of the original tune. Instead he decided to create an "anti-arrangement," in which very little of the music was actually played.
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