The Most Unexpected Acoustic Guitar Performance | The Showhawk Duo | TEDxKlagenfurt
Darude Sandstorm

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Music works a lot like language does - except instead of words and ideas, it expresses emotions and intent. It also gives us an oxytocin boost, which plays an important role in increasing bonding and trust between people. The Showhawk Duo bonded TEDxKlagenfurt’s audience with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar. Listen to the magic they created on stage with their version of Insomnia - I can't get no sleep, Tiesto’s Adagio For Strings or the most unexpected thing you can expect on a guitar Bohemian Rhapsody. Young British guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, together known as The Showhawk Duo, started out as buskers and have since gone on to play all over the globe. They have appeared on BBC Radio 1 on the Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show, they performed for the LAD Bible and BBC Radio Bristol. They played at the UK's large festivals including the Main Stage at Bestival, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Somersault and more. International performances include F1 Grand Prix in Singapore, Seychelles, club tours in Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands and a 20 - date residency at Pacha in Ibiza. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Logan Cressler : Someone, please teach the audience how to clap... They've almost got it. They just need.... they just need to clap at the same speed as the beat.... They have the sound down. They are great at making clap sounds. They just need to get the timing down now....

Kenneth Furr : Wow! Two minutes and I am hooked. AMAZING>

Kim Chung Lương : Some people say this doesn't require much skill. It does. It requires a huge amount of musical skill - just not athletic skill like upstart guitar players expect from any performance. Quick fingers and the ability to play fast are just athletic skills. Musical skill is the ability to make the audience feel the emotion of the music, and to that we don't find any lack of evidence here.

Mike Corsten : Ferry Corsten's remix of Barber's Adagio For Strings is 100 x better than the Tiesto version IMHO

Kristoffer Vemøy : Song list: 1. Insomnia - Faithless 2. Zombie nation - Kernkraft 400 3. Sandstorm - Darude 4. Adagio for strings - "Tiesto" 5. Children - Jack Holiday 6. ATB - Till i Come 7. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen cheers

Heca Tommyriagon : Those who say this doesn't require skill, simply does not know how to play the guitar ...

Tim Travasos : Bizarre guitar drumming on stage right. 7 minute intro is too long. Can't handle it!

Justin Joyslin : Am I the only one who noticed the fact that neither if those are Acoustic guitars they are both plugged into amps. With that said well done gentlemen an all around excellent performance.

gary bowman : I don't know how those guys keep rhythm and tempo when the audience starts clapping out of synch, they are in a "ZONE"... 👍👌

Whoa Look Out! : I feel like my dude on the right could bench a Prius with his middle finger.

Castle of Song : You have to laugh at the crowd clapping out of time despite the guys playing the rhythm very audibly.

Vicki McMillan-Kilpatrick : Was so lucky to have these guys play at our wedding in St Andrews in 2015, absolutely amazing and really lovely guys!

Bryan Lee Ilagan : skillful or not...i'd kill for that kind of synchronicity with someone...

Not 670 : Extra super acoustic being plugged into an amplifier.

crazym108 : Can we talk about how bad the audience is at clapping along? I'm glad it died out quickly.

Edward Tupper : That first track, The Angels I don't want to face the day, what it sounds like to me

Ryan Jones : These guys must have asked mom and dad for turntables for Christmas, when mom and dad said no and bought them guitars. They did this in retaliation lmao.

Edward Tupper : If you thought they were good, wait until you hear Gabriella Quevedo do The Show Must Go On. You're very welcome....

Cindy Roll : Damn!! This is awesome!! I found it looking for an artist with the name of Strings. WOW!! Old hippie here, new fan!

Jon Harvey : This is the most unexpected improper use of the word unexpected I've ever unexpectedly read.

Kit Carson : Well played boys! From Texas to yall.. Just like the phrase in Johnny Lee's song -Cherokee Fiddle- "If you wanna make a living ya gotta put on a good show" This was entertainment to the audience....listen to crowd...!! they put on a good show.........The ability to infuse emotion into notes is a good gift. Keep making people smile and feel alive. Gig-Em!

PreAmp : Wow, I really, really enjoyed this...! 👍🏻

el060248 : What is the song at 4:19? plz need to know

Emmanuel Mudenda : I have heard some amazing pieces of music in my life, but this, this is beyond words. Absolutely phenomenal.

Rushad Patel : That middle finger got too much testosterone.

Da BJ : First of all: Why do things have to take skill to be good? Second: This was good. Third: This takes a lot of skill!

Pranay Tomar : I knew I'll watch it full. Amazing skills.

Vikram Aditya Paul : My love and respect for the Guitar rose 1000 folds.

Michael Dufault : The audience sounds best when not clapping.

scoobydoohero : everytime i'm down... i listen and watch this nice two gentlemen and i'm all up and running again... thank you for sharing your magic with us (me), thank you for making me smile again!

Lol Lolol : Thank you for the goosebumps. Great performance guys!

Jihee : Is everyone just gonna ignore Darude-Sandstorm at 4:19??

@rc'n gel productions : 10:46 RIP Robert Miles :') incredible artist : wonderful tribute <3 thank you so much guys

Mygary : Music doesn’t need to be complicated to be good.

Bk Palos : Adagio for strings was always my favorite techno piece.... hearing it like this was just amazing

Kieran Anderson : This why I love Ted Talks. You just never know what amazing things you're going to experience.

brad gibson : That was just amazing...really awesome job!

Don Petrus : Stop clapping 🤮

Ed Fulginiti : If music is intended to bring joy, well, then they brought it!

Aatir Farid : Its just 5 mins I am hearing them and I am totally loving their creativity.

Paralytic Angel : grandious couple of guitarists. very well done. WOW

Richard Colgate : Bloody marvellous!!! 🙏🤔👍

Jan Bladen : Pure 100% natural, unbridled talent. Stunning. If i was a music manager, i’d take the guys global tomorrow morning.

Jon Kemp : To anybody keen to point out the fact that there is not a lot of guitar skill needed to play these arrangements, you have missed the point. These guys have taken songs unintended for acoustic guitar and arranged them in such a way that they don't sound empty and boring. They have created something innovative and entertaining, and this is why the crowd appreciated it as much as they would've Tommy Emmanuel or Don Ross. The arranging on BR was fantastic, one of the best i've heard considering there were only 2 instruments recreating a song with many parts, also think getting the crowd to sing was a nice touch.

Casey Bledsoe : The audience singing along Bohemian Rapsody just shows the impact that Queen has had on the world. Beautiful.

Randizle Peregoy : At 12min freakin badass!!!!

Dirk Mertens : It is not because a guitar is brown that it is an acoustic guitar. Well played, though. I play for 15 years and I can only dream of a middlefinger like that :-).

NameNotImportant : This is amazing... You would never think to associate the sounds of a guitar with those songs, with that type of music.

Amnopp : I don't know that Acoustic use this much reverb