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POP VIOLINIST VANESSA-MAE BOWS IN USA
Having already seduced half of Europe and South America,
Vanessa-Mae, the 16-year-old rock/classical violinist, will
try to charm America this month.
She'll appear on talk shows, play her classical-tinged
techno-pop Friday at noon in New York's Times Square as well
as the national anthem at Chicago's Wrigley Field July 30
and Comiskey Park July 31. None of these are music-friendly
venues. "But the important thing is that people catch a
glimpse of your music," she says.
Or a glimpse of her. Much of what's being sold is the image
of the hip, sexy Singapore-born, London-raised prodigy who
once played with the London Symphony Orchestra but now
prefers the high-energy, four-piece band heard in her first
U.S. release, The Violin Player.
Her punchy version of Bach's Toccata & Fugue charted on
England's Top 40, thanks partly to an MTV-style video with
her at the seashore, looking so sexually provocative that
British journalists dubbed her "Lolita with a fiddle."
"Those comments are totally valueless to me. I made the
video when I was 15 and had a wonderful time. I don't know
what a real Lolita should be like," she says.
Unlike conventional violinists, she moves, dances, while
playing. "Many violinists grunt, heave and look like they're
torturing themselves. But I have a very relaxed style. It's
second nature. You go onstage to enjoy yourself."
It's tough in pop music for a non-singing instrumentalist to
gain huge stardom and even Vanessa-Mae says, "We've had a
lot of nice surprises so far. But then, I've always thought
that the violin is the most similar to the voice."
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