Erste Wiener Gemüseorchester

The Erste Wiener Gemüseorchester (also known as the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra), performs on instruments made entirely out of fresh vegetables: cukeophones, radish-marimbas, carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, and so on.

The instruments are all made from scratch one hour prior to each performance using about 90 pounds of the freshest vegetables available; after the performance they are cooked to make a tasty soup for the audience and performers to enjoy together.

This according to “Music with taste” in Gastronomica (IV/4 [fall 2004], p. 126).

Below, the group prepares and performs on their instruments.

BONUS: A new video, from 2017.


Filed under 20th- and 21st-century music, Food, Instruments

2 Responses to Erste Wiener Gemüseorchester

  1. Indeed–if nobody has blown through, strummed, or drummed on your vegetables, the soup isn’t quite the same.

  2. Marlene Saposnik

    I enjoyed this. I will never view my vegetable soup in the same way again.