Emmy-Award Winning Composer Visits Naperville Music & Arts

An Emmy-Award winning composer recently shared his love of music with fans.

Electric violinist Mark Wood, formerly from the Trans Siberian Orchestra performed at Naperville Music & Arts.

Wood entertained locals of all ages and “noted” his unique approach to the electric violin by playing on an instrument he created, the viper.

He invented the viper so he could make the music he wanted to play. It has seven strings, three more than a normal violin and is built with frets like a guitar.

“The frets also open up an ability to play cords on the violin so again I’m turning the violin into a polyphonic instrument so I can play more than one note like cords,” said Woods. “We really have been able to establish a brand new territory just like when Jimmy Hendrix came out with the electric guitar we’d never heard anything like that in the world. I’m going to do the same thing with the violin.”

The audience even got to pass around one of Wood’s instruments and try it out for themselves.

Wood has released six cd’s and has recorded and toured with artists including Billy Joel, Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney and Celine Dion.

Rebecca Portwood reports.

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