The Piano Guys Release Their Next Music Video "Mission Impossible" Featuring YouTube Violin Sensation Lindsey Stirling Out Now

Tue Jan 8, 2013 12:05pm EST

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Known For Their Innovative Self-Made YouTube Videos The Piano Guys Have Amassed
Over 209 Million Views, More Subscribers Than Christina Aguilera And Jay-Z
NEW YORK,  Jan. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Utah's favorite dads,  The Piano Guys,
release their latest self-made  music video "Mission Impossible"  featuring
YouTube violin sensation  Lindsey Stirling.  The latest video finds the band and
Stirling in a spy thriller as covert operatives while playing their unique take
on this famous musical theme.   

"A collaboration with Lindsey has been something on The Piano Guys' list for a
long time -- and many fans have been clamoring for the combo too," says cellist 
Steven Sharpe Nelson.  "We had to pull out all the stops -- special effects,
stunts, and a little slapstick! Working with Lindsey was so much fun. She is
super talented and enjoys what she does just like we do! We can't wait to show
everyone the finished product of the collab!"

The Piano Guys started making music videos together for fun and their "hobby"
turned into a worldwide phenomenon when their self-made YouTube videos amassed
millions and millions of views (up to 209-plus million to date). Signed to Sony
Masterworks,  The Piano Guys  released their self-titled major label debut
recording on  October 2nd, 2012.

Their album features highly original classical/pop music mash-ups that brings
classical music to legions of new listeners, including "Michael Meets Mozart,"
Michael being  Michael Jackson; "Cello Wars," which was brought to life by a
Star Wars-inspired light saber/cello bow video battle; "Peponi (Paradise)," an
African styled version of Coldplay's "Paradise" which was depicted in a video
whereby a grand piano was helicoptered to a 1,000-foot cliff; and "Code Name
Vivaldi," which blends a  The Bourne Identity  soundtrack riff with a similarly
intense Vivaldi cello, its breathless video culminating on a flatcar on a
high-speed train. The lead track,  "Titanium/Pavane"  mashes up French classical
composer  Gabriel Faure's "Pavane" with  David Guetta's "Titanium" -  The Piano
Guys  having previously lensed a lovely take on Guetta's "Without You."  The
Piano Guys  will also showcase an original tune called "Arwen's Vigil."  

Of course the CD wouldn't be complete without the song that catalyzed  The Piano
Guys'  international fame - their unique 10-handed version of the One Direction
hit "What Makes You Beautiful." They have performed the song on everywhere from
"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," to "The Today Show" and "Katie."   

The group credits their loyal fans with helping to spread the word...and have
they ever! Every day the YouTube views for their 35 plus original videos
increases by 500,000 and their YouTube channel, which has over 1.2 million
subscribers, grows daily to the tune of 2,500 members per day.

Ironically,  The Piano Guys, who got their name from a piano store in  St.
George, Utah, are a quintet featuring only two musicians - only one being a
pianist. Store owner  Paul Anderson  devised a Facebook promotional page and a
YouTube channel featuring well-established, self-described "New Age Classical"
pianist  Jon Schmidt, who teamed up musically with  Steven Sharp Nelson, an
innovative cellist. Together, Schmidt and Nelson form the musical core of  The
Piano Guys, with Anderson - who has since closed the store - joining forces with
genius co-videographer  Tel Stewart  in creating  The Piano Guys'  videos.  Al
van der Beek, the fifth "Guy," heads up the group's studio operations, and also
assists in co-writing and arranging, as well as percussion and vocal texturing. 


The Piano Guys  are spurred by their desire to broaden the audience for
classical music while inspiring young musicians. "Lots of parents are using our
music to show their kids how fun classical music can be and motivate them to
learn instruments," says Schmidt. Adds Nelson: "We want to show people that it's
not at all about fame or money, but trying to be good dads, husbands,
examples-and we hope they see that in our videos."

PBS will air a dedicated TV special, filmed at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
in  Utah, in early 2013. For more information on  The Piano Guys  tour dates
please visit  www.ThePianoGuys.com.

www.ThePianoGuys.com  *  YouTube.com/user/ThePianoGuys  *  
Facebook.com/PianoGuys  *  Twitter: @PianoGuys  *

SOURCE  Sony Masterworks


Angela Barkan, +1-212-833-8575, angela.barkan@sonymusic.com; Larissa Slezak,
+1-212-833-6075, Larissa.slezak@sonymusic.com
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