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“Mother always said don’t play with your food – something these two brothers from Beijing have completely ignored,” the video narrator quips.
Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have carved out a living making musical instruments out of ordinary vegetables. Calling themselves the Vegetable Orchestra, the brothers do a range of gigs, from talent shows to high-profile performances. Their music selections are just as varied, and include pop, folk, and traditional Chinese tunes.
They manipulate sound and pitch by varying the depth and size of holes in the vegetables. The brothers must make a whole new set of instruments for each performance. The younger of the two brothers told Reuters: “The vegetables have to be solid and hard. We can’t use vegetables left over for days. They are too soft to be played.”
Check out this amazing video showing how the two brothers carve, play and tune their veggie instruments. Let’s hope their diet is as plant-strong as their musical instruments!