It’s like “Dueling Banjos” except it’s got guys on cellos who can use the force. And Darth Vader on the accordion. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

Say what you want about the Star Wars films – especially the New Trilogy and George Lucas’s constant rejiggering of the Original Trilogy – but a lot of people love John Williams’s music. As a result, The Piano Guys have created a cello tribute video called Cello Wars, starring Steven Sharp Nelson in dual roles as a Jedi and Sith cello players. As you can see, the video’s a kick in the Jedi robes.

The musical tribute features a number of pieces from Lucas’s movies. In order of appearance, the video features “The Imperial March (Empire Strikes Back Theme)”, “Duel of the Fates (from Episode 1), “May the Force Be With You”, “Star Wars Main Theme”, and “Cantina Band” (from Episode 4). While the music is certainly fun to listen to, the video’s production was a major undertaking:

A result of 6 months of production…our most ambitious undertaking by far! Why Star Wars Cello? Because of our unending admiration of George Lucas, John Williams, and the most EPIC movies and film score ever created. The idea originated when Tel Stewart was editing [“The Cello Song”].

As a joke he decided to add light sabers to Steven Sharp Nelson’s bow during the outtakes. Fans cried out for more. Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson storyboarded the song and the video concept while they were scouting locations for [“Moonlight”] . But it was Steven Sharp Nelson’s son Eli (6) that was the true inspiration for the project — his enthusiasm for Star Wars, light sabers, and watching his daddy wield one while playing cello fueled the project continually.

As it turns out, The Cello Guys have also released a copy of the song available as a free MP3. You can download it here.

Source: Geeks Are Sexy

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