The dynamic duo slap on the horror makeup for a tribute version of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.
Forget Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, Marschner’s Der Vampyr or HK Gruber’s Frankenstein, the Melodica Men aim to scare the pants off of you with their brand new Halloween tribute – a specially arranged version of Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain featuring the seldom heard, much less seen bass melodica.
The Melodica Men have taken the Internet by storm since 2016 with their sharp and sassy melodica arrangements of the great classics. The two musicians, Tristan Clarke and Joe Buono, became friends during their time studying music at the Peabody Conservatory and soon found themselves bonding over a mutual love of playing melodica – a free-reed instrument similar to a pump organ or harmonica with a musical keyboard on top and a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the instrument’s side.
The two or three octave long instrument is more often seen as a teaching aid, but Clarke and Buono have taken it to a whole new level with their clever arrangements of everything from West Side Story to The Rite of Spring. The duo are brass players by trade – Tristan, a graduate of the Juilliard School, is principal trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony, while Joe has earned two Masters degrees from Peabody and currently teaches and composes.