The Salastina Music Society’s Happy Hour No. 68 will feature Polish pianist and composer SÅawomir Zubrzycki as he performs on the viola organista, the unique musical instrument that Leonardo da Vinci designed more than 500 years old but never built during his lifetime.
In 2012, Zubrzycki built the first concert viola organista and brought it to concert halls and music festivals, gaining wide coverage in Polish and European media.
On Tuesday, August 10, he will perform on the instrument and the Salastina Music Society will present the performance to you live on YouTube from noon to 1 p.m.
Da Vinci’s idea has been preserved in his notebooks from 1488-1489 and in the drawings of the Atlantic Codex. The design involved the use of one or more overlapping gears. Each circle drew a bow located perpendicular to the other strings of the instrument. The strings were directed towards the bow, as was the movement of the key, causing the bow to move and thus sound the string.
The first instrument that attempted to follow Da Vinci’s concept was the 1575 Geigenwerk designed by German instrument inventor Hans Haiden. In 2004, a modern reconstruction of the viola organist was built and used by Akio Obuchi during a concert in Genoa, Italy.
Based on Hans Haiden’s solutions, Zubrzycki built his instrument in 2012 and brought it to concert halls and music festivals across Europe, opening a new chapter in its history.
Happy Hour, which takes place every Tuesday, is free.
For more information, call (323) 332-6874 or visit www.salastina.org/concerts.