QE1 once sent an organ avec grinder but sans monkey to Sultan Mehmet, but I don’t think anything good came of it–at any rate, there’s not much Orlando Gibbons being played in Istanbul these days.
Biciclown, the excellent Álvaro Neil, is in Istanbul at the moment. Here’s one of his promotional videos:
And here’s de heer Jerónimo at BikeTech in Gracia, Barcelona putting together his latest bike:
This raises a number of existential questions:
- Do you want to make children happy and the world a better place?
Alarm and disgust are my contribution to society.
- Will your organ fit in a tent?
The jury’s well out on that one. Maybe, maybe not, so room for manoeuvre required.
- Can you live on €3 a day?
Dammit man, that’s only two beers.
- What are the implications for your revenue model?
No free gigs, except in places like markets and bars where food and drink and plump ladies are available in abundance. In fact, I’d rather like to be barrel organist to the Sultan of Somewhere, playing Orlando Gibbons of course.
- Anything else?
Er, no, that’s all for the moment.
[Did you know that Nero distressed the bombers by playing the hydraulis, a water-regulated organ, rather than the fiddle as Rome burned? Roman firemen were string enthusiasts–Mantovani, that kind of stuff. What the whole world wants to know: did [link used to go to the now-spamsite radio.weblogs.com/0100191/2002/06/20.html#a179]Byrne make it back OK?]
- Transvestite barrel organ dancers in 1930s Whitechapel and the 1860s London West End
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.
- When monkeys replaced children
From an 1854 report of the New York Children’s Aid Society on an Italian school: There is going on a certain change
- The true story, never revealed, of the barrow organ
There’s more to this eggcorn than Somerset genius.
- Dos entrevistas con organilleros
Un italiano en Boston College en 1937, y un chileno con organillo falso en 2011.
- More experiments from the organ-grinder’s workshop
Videos of arrangements of Machito’s Bananas and Valencia, and a preview of a song about doggies.