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Melodica Men

Melodica Men

Biography

What started off as two guys playing toy instruments for fun is now an internationally-acclaimed musical duo. Tristan Clarke and Joe Buono became friends while studying music at the Peabody Conservatory, and they have been playing melodica together since May 2016. A melodica is like a cross between a keyboard and a harmonica because you have to blow air into it to make the reeds inside vibrate.

In July 2016, the Melodica Men funded their tour of Seattle and Paris by busking in the street. In September 2016, their "Rite of Spring" video went viral and gained over 1.5 million views in one day. In December 2016, they played their solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at the Holiday Pops concert series. Since then, they have been featured on ABC's "The Gong Show,” briefly seen on NBC's "America's Got Talent,” and have gained over 13 million views and 80,000 social media followers.

Behind the scenes, the Melodica Men are pioneering a new way of learning music as a language through the melodica. Pilot programs in elementary schools will start in January 2018, and a full online curriculum is in the works. You can find out more about their music education mission on Patreon.

Clarke is a graduate of the Juilliard School and plays principal trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony. Buono has earned two master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and is currently teaching and composing.


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