String Theory, Not of the Brian Greene Variety

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If you’ve always felt Maroon 5 could use a little less Adam Levine and a little more cello, check out this video of Nathan Chan, Steven Bennett, Maddie Tucker, and Justin Zhao, all CC ’15, performing their take on the pop group’s “Moves Like Jagger.”  As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the group arranged the performance on their own by ear.

The quartet, known as String Theory (rejected names include the Cellovators and Cellato), formed at the beginning of the school year and style themselves as “Columbia’s most elite cello ensemble.” They’ve performed in St. Paul’s Chapel and at Night Market, and will take to the stage tonight and the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard exchange concert at 7 pm in Miller Theater. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

Also be on the lookout for String Theory’s next project—Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” for five cellos.

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  1. nice work  

    cool project. but constructive criticism: not sure if it was the nerves being recorded or you have a different taste then I do, but I think it would be much nicer slightly slowed down. It feels frenetic and a little rushed. And even though the original sounded fairly staccato, I don't think you need to main that aspect to stay true to it (as you are, after all, working in a different medium).

  2. Anonymous

    The cello is by far the sexiest instrument ever.

  3. Anonymous  

    this is so awesome!

  4. Anonymous  

    This is wonderful!!! Keep up the good work!

  5. Anonymous

    most elite? straight up pretentious.

  6. Anonymous  

    Maroon 5 needs less Maroon 5

  7. Anonymous  

    Mick Jagger has only surged in popularity because his name rhymes with Swagger.

  8. The dude stage right  

    exudes swagger. cello on man.

  9. Anonymous  

    they want to be the vitamin string quartet so hard.

  10. Anonymous  

    Yay Maddie and Nathan!!!! You guys rock!

  11. Conrad  

    Nathan is one of the most thoroughly awesome people in the entire world.

  12. Anonymous  

    They're making a light hearted joke.

  13. Anonymous

    not cellos

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