Most kids growing up have dabbled with an instrument or two for the school band/orchestra or as an after school activity, but not many have completely reinvented how it is played or experienced as David Wong has done. After 23 years of mastering his skills on the violin David has taken the craft to another level, by manipulating an instrument traditionally used for a classical sound to cover popular songs of the present times. Whether solo or in collaboration with other musicians, his magical touch of these songs is truly something to see.
What started out as a childhood past time has become a professional endeavor for David. Playing Carnegie Hall and other orchestras as a traditional violinist, to performing with “Postmodern Jukebox” on Good Morning America as what he calls himself a “genre mixing violinist” speaks volumes on his talents. By taking these popular songs we all hear EVERYDAY on the radio David makes them fresh, fun, and different. As if you are hearing them for the first time from a different perspective. Sometimes from a more classical angle, other times with a more rock and roll feel. He says “It excites me to put my own spin on these songs that have made their way into the general public’s ears and turn them upside down, sometimes making songs people hate into ones they love.” David’s love for music originates from watching 20th century violinists. It was how they “acrobatically leap up and down the violin on video as a kid was jaw dropping” he says.
His covers including “Happy”-Pharrell, “Wrecking Ball”-Miley Cyrus, “Drunk in Love”- Beyonce, and more can be seen on his website http://davidwongviolin.com/. You will be amazed with his violin loop covers of these songs, even the ones you think you cannot stand! David will also be performing at SPARKBOOM’s Sound Buffet event on Sunday July 20th from 6:30-10PM at the Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park in Huntington. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see a passionate artist in the flesh.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.