Classical crossover violinist Caroline Campbell and pop pianist/composer William Joseph give the exotic Miserlou a dare devilish twist, featuring rock cellist Tina Guo. The trio exclusively debuts Yamaha’s newest electric violin, the YEV, and also features Yamaha’s legendary C7 grand piano and Tina’s custom Yamaha electric cello. (YouTube Video description)
About ‘Misirlou’, later known as ‘Miserlou’:
“Misirlou” (Greek: Μισιρλού< Turkish: Mısırlı ‘Egyptian’ < Arabic: مصر Miṣr ‘Egypt’) is a traditional song from the Eastern Mediterranean region. The earliest known recording of the song is a 1927 Greek rebetiko / tsifteteli composition influenced by Middle-Eastern music. There are also traditional Arabic (belly dancing), Armenian, Persian and Turkish versions of the song. This song was very popular from the 1920s in the Greek and Armenian communities formed from former Ottoman citizens who had settled in the United States of America.
The song was a hit in 1946 for Jan August, an American pianist and xylophonist nicknamed “the one man piano duet.” It gained worldwide popularity through Dick Dale’s 1962 American surf rock version, originally titled “Miserlou“, which popularized the song in Western popular culture. Various versions have since been recorded, including other surf and rock versions by bands such as The Beach Boys, The Ventures, and Consider the Source as well as international orchestral easy listening (exotica) versions by musicians such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.
Dale’s surf rock version later gained renewed popularity through its use in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction and again through its sampling in The Black Eyed Peas song “Pump It” (2006) and Mad Men: “The Jet Set” (2008). A cover of Dale’s surf rock version was included on the Guitar Hero II video game released in 2006. (Source: Wikipedia)
Original greek version (1927):
Dick Dale’s version made popular as ‘Miserlou’ (1964):
‘Pulp Fiction’ movie version (1994):
Black Eyed Peas’s version, known as ‘Pump It’ (2006):
About ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994):
Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. Written by Soumitra.
IMDB Score: 8.9
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