Cure for the Blues

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Cure for the Blues

 

In the 1970s I sometimes used a blue facial mask. I know, scary, right?

Blue Mask

Imagine my surprise the first time I saw the Blue Man Group on the Tonight Show. Notice any similarity?

I didn’t get the point of their performance. To me, it just seemed too bizarre to be true. But I couldn’t tear my eyes away.

Over the years I’ve become a fan of Blue Man Group’s special blend of musical invention and off-beat humor. I even saw them in person at Gammage Hall at Arizona State University, where they performed pieces like these:

I used the above video when I taught music, to demonstrate how the size of a vibrating object will affect its sound. (Why does a violin have a higher sound than a double bass? What happens when a trombone player extends his slide?) Elementary school students are also familiar with this principle from their use of Boomwhackers,® colorful plastic tubes of differing diameters.

Oops! I’ve strayed off-topic.

Founders Phil Stanton, Chris Wink, and Matt Goldman discuss their creative process in coming up with the concept of the Blue Man Group:

This year Blue Man Group celebrates its twenty-five years of performance art. Here is one of their newest pieces:

Wouldn’t it be fun to work with Blue Man Group? They require a posse of sound engineers, electicians, carpenters, and prop setters, and they offer internships, too. Visit their Human Resources page for more info.

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