A celery guitar, a flute carrot, a leek violin: The Vegetable Orchestra will use anything that grows in the garden as an instrument to create what they call "a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe."
An egalitarian Viennese ensemble, these people of diverse creative – not just musical – backgrounds head to the market in the mornings to select their instruments, according to a statement announcing a planned concert at Lake Como in Italy.
Pumpkins are used as drums, peppers become horns and quality produce matters. "You can't play on a rotten cucumber or on a small pumpkin," the group's website states. The music is created by plucking, scrubbing and whistling with the vegetables, and no musical genre is out of bounds. Founded in 1998, the orchestra performs concerts throughout Europe, including Russia, and as far away as the U.S. and Hong Kong. The music they play is not traditional but it is 100 percent compostable. And after the concert, vegetable soup is served to the audience. The orchestra members emphasize, though, that they are not vegetarians.