It was a wintery evening in Krakow, the medieval Polish city. Strains of ethereal music wafted in the air ..the moonlight sonata? I was bewitched. Street musicians are an integral part of the European experience. I have seen many talented, few less-than talented musicians play a variety of instruments and enchant the audience, over the years.
Most are self taught, I presume. These simple musical moments and free concerts linger in my memory for ages. Europe is a lot about the culture and ambience of the cities and the evocative music is a large part of this. Linger on the streets with a cup of coffee and take in a performance..
|A Mexican style band on a bridge in Ljubljana, the capital of pint sized Slovenia|
|A showman in Munich- Marienplatz|
The sheer variety in the range of instruments is mind boggling.. Many sell CDs of their work for a modest 10 euros or so.
Some strange instruments that I have seen..
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is probably the capital of street music too! I have seen this performer on many visits in the Old Town Square.
|This band on the Charles Bridge look really professional!|
|My personal favourite was this charismatic wine glass musician!|
|This came as a bit of a surprise- a full band playing on a Sunday morning in the Town Square.|
|Another talented band playing near the Town Square|
Maybe the charm of these musicians is that they are real people- not some inaccessible celebrities up on the stage... and they play their heart out!