Talent and humor, ¡Bravo!

Talent and humor, ¡Bravo! Slovakian musician Lukáš Kmit was playing a lovely piece on his viola when he was interrupted by a Nokia ringtone (0:40 into the video). What a charming, humorous response!

P.S. The Nokia ringtone originated from a classic 1902 piece by Spanish guitarist Francisco Tárrega called “Gran Vals.” It is lovely: Gran Vals – Francisco Tárrega

Source: http://mashable.com/2012/01/22/nokia-ringtone-interrupts/

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55 Responses to Talent and humor, ¡Bravo!


  1. This guy is a class act.

  2. Rajini Rao says:


    Terry Hallett , here is a funny account of what happened when the iPhone Marimba interrupted the NY Philharmonic! http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57358418-71/iphones-marimba-halts-new-york-philharmonic/


  3. Love itRajini Rao ha ha ha


  4. Brilliant! I want his version as a ringtone!

  5. Rajini Rao says:


    BTW, don’t EVER Text at the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas 😉


    http://cf.drafthouse.com/she_texted_we_kicked_her_out2.html


  6. Rajini Rao Yeah, that article is hilarious. She’s lucky she wasn’t sitting near me – I would’ve taken the phone from her after she ignored the first warning, & kept it until after the show.


  7. On second thought stay away from that ridiculous state, plus a handful of other narrow-minded bible-belt “paradises” Rajini Rao whenever possible.

  8. Rajini Rao says:


    Haha, Lionel Lauer , wish I had your guts to do that when my students text and browse facebook during my lectures 🙂 Although, the most egregious story is that of a professor’s cell phone going off while he was lecturing..he stopped, answered the phone and had a leisurely conversation in front of the whole class!


  9. What a mind-boggling lack of class, and decorum Rajini Rao


  10. Rajini Rao I don’t take much shit from people. ;^)


    Can’t you just confiscate their gizmos if they disrupt your lectures? Many years ago, I had a job that included running training courses, & there is no way in the world that I would’ve put up with that crap. I never once had a trainee screw around with their phone or anything like that. (Granted, that was before WiFI, etc.)

  11. Rajini Rao says:


    No..we have to be politically correct or we get into trouble. We can’t even refer to teacher-student terms anymore..the students are “learners” and I forget the PC term for teachers! Suckers, possibly? 😉


  12. Yeesh, that sucks!


    Lucky for me, mine were tech trainees, & if I didn’t certify them, they weren’t allowed to work on our products. They were pretty motivated! ;^)

  13. J Stasko says:


    So absolutely classy. I still remember in 1992, 1993? when Pinchas Zukerman stopped to quiet a group of scientists at a conference in Dallas.

  14. Rajini Rao says:


    That must have been one terrific conference, J Stasko ! How come the one’s I attend don’t feature world class violinists? 🙂

  15. J Stasko says:


    Um, it was at the SSC (Superconducting SuperCollider) conference, it’s been defunded and all the physicists are now at LHC… I guess it’s because it was so huge. It was an evening event. I think the conference name was something like IHEP1992 or something like that (International High Energy Physics Conference).


  16. Certainly a charming & witty response to philistinism!


  17. Answer the damn phone! Don’t you think at something like this, cellphones should be checked with the coats? High class acts like trailer trash at solo concert should’ve been the headline. Good fiddle playin’ though!


  18. Congrats Rajini Rao YOU made the “What’s HOT” list!


  19. If this is real I love it, what a wonderful bit of improvisation.If this turns out to be viral marketing I will NEVER BUY ANOTHER FUCKING NOKIA PRODUCT EVER AFUCKINGGAIN


  20. Great sense of humor and very kind!


  21. Walter Jimenez Mira esto, actitud + clase.


  22. sense of humor A+ for sure


  23. Seems I remember reading in the Atlantic years ago that Wynton Marsalis did a similar improv thing from someone’s failure to silence their phone…


    http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/2003/03/hajdu.htm


    About 5 paragraphs in..

  24. Rajini Rao says:


    Tim Crittenden , fascinating, thank you! Here is the relevant paragraph for anyone interested:


    “The room was silent until, at the most dramatic point, someone’s cell phone went off, blaring a rapid singsong melody in electronic bleeps. People started giggling and picking up their drinks. The moment—the whole performance—unraveled.


    Marsalis paused for a beat, motionless, and his eyebrows arched. I scrawled on a sheet of notepaper, MAGIC, RUINED. The cell-phone offender scooted into the hall as the chatter in the room grew louder. Still frozen at the microphone, Marsalis replayed the silly cell-phone melody note for note. Then he repeated it, and began improvising variations on the tune. The audience slowly came back to him. In a few minutes he resolved the improvisation—which had changed keys once or twice and throttled down to a ballad tempo—and ended up exactly where he had left off: “with … you …” The ovation was tremendous. ”


  25. haha….nice melody but even of interruption he kept good at the end…

  26. Laeeq Peeran says:


    well buddies thats call a real performer

  27. Glenn Lewman says:


    Someone who knows his music!

  28. Daisy Gates says:


    wow awesome and he plays awesome to!


  29. Cute, but what happens at his next concerts as more and more cell phones will be set off?


  30. notice something?? it was done on purpose!!!

  31. Michael Dub says:


    This same thing happened with a full orchestra in New York in the last few weeks and it was an i-phone text alert. The conductor stopped the whole show as the tone continued for a few minutes.

  32. Hoochi Mama says:


    Well that was a graceful comeback if ever I saw one.

  33. Kris Romer says:


    Even if the cell ring was on purpose, it was a cute, well executed thing – but only to be done once. Be sure all Cells are turned OFF in such performances in future. (Well managed though!)

  34. Michael Dub says:


    Check out the clip from an i-phone disrupting the NY Philharmonic Ringing cell phone halts New York Philharmonic


  35. I guess the well-prepared musician will now need to learn all the most popular ring-tones. Or maybe some song-writer can write something catchy and call it “The Moron of the Opera” or some such, and the musicians can all learn that one. 🙂


  36. nice way of playing the violin.

  37. Annalyn Hale says:


    Regarding the Alamo Drafthouse theater- A business has every right to eject patrons/customers who disrupt the experience for other patrons/customers. The woman who flaunted their rules was literally asking to be ejected. I don’t know why she was so offended or surprised when consequences followed her misbehavior. She was warned, as are all others who chose to visit the Drafthouse.


    As an observer of human development and human nature, I don’t understand why this action-consequence paradigm is so difficult for so many to understand. It applies to natural laws as well as man-made laws:


    If I drive off a cliff, I should expect gravity to kick in immediately and pull me to earth (and probable death)


    If I chose to let go of a priceless vase without first making sure it is supported by another’s hands or a table, I should expect it to be damaged.


    By the same token:


    If I speed, I should expect to get a ticket and have to pay a fine.


    If I neglect my child and she dies, I should expect to be hated and sent to prison.


    If I steal, I should expect to be sent to prison.


    If I kill another, I should still expect to be sent to prison.


    Need I go on? In any kind of performance (film, concert, seminar, classroom, etc.), it is simple common courtesy to do what is required to not interrupt or disrupt. It’s not gonna kill you to turn your ringer off. They’ll call back or leave a message. It can wait.


    My Turn on Earth: Choosing

  38. Tom Lee says:


    Rajini Rao That was hilarious, but cool. This is one cool artist, and a good one. He could catch the right note on his first try of the ring tone. If I was there I would play a complicated ring tone to see if he could catch it. 🙂

  39. Rajini Rao says:


    Tom Lee , I’m told that it’s not that hard for a musician to pick up a tune and improvise. My daughter has a good ear and I’ve seen her listen to a tune and play it right back on a violin or guitar. Particularly, a trained musician like this guy would have no problem, so I doubt this is a fake as some are saying. Apparently, the video was uploaded back in July but it only went viral after it was recently posted on facebook 🙂


  40. So cool, and My favorite ringtone!


  41. You gotta do what you gotta do.

  42. Edwin Cobb says:


    great idea…….lol


  43. The fuss that a public cellular ringtone is! Very befitting reply by the musician, which just shows his true talent.


  44. BRAAAVOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  45. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Take a bow!

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