Generally, it's considered rude to eat during a musical performance, let alone play with your food. But if the musicians on stage are blowing on flutes carved out of carrots, and beating on bass drums made out pumpkins, chances are you're watching the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra, and playing with your food isn't only allowed, but encouraged.
On Friday, Great Big Story shined a light on the musical group out of Vienna, Austria that's been taking produce from a local farmers market and turning the fruits and vegetables into musical instruments for some 18 years.
"We have three kinds of instruments,” Susanna Gartmayer, one of the orchestra’s members, explains in the video. “We have the ready-made [ones], that you can buy at the market and instantly play it. Then there's the simple instruments, that you can make with one or two cuts. And then with the more complex instruments, we have ones that work like regular instruments."
Still, the wait is often worth it. All of those scraps gutted out of the piccolo don't go to waste. The band uses all the leftovers to make a soup for the audience, personally feeding each guest after the show.
“You never get it out of your head if you’re in the orchestra,” Gartmayer says. "[You’ll never be able] to look at vegetables in another way.”
[via Great Big Story]