There has been a Concerto for Turntable (by Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei) and John Cage has played on amplified cactus and plant materials.
Now, American composer and percussionist Andy Akiho has written Ricochet – a Ping Pong Concerto which was performed during the closing concert of Shanghai’s Music In The Summer Air (MISA) festival, on July 18.
New York Philharmonic violinist Elizabeth Zeltser was a featured soloist in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s performance. Joining the orchestra were two ping-pong players, Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing. The idea adds a novel visual layer to the listening experience.