San Diego, meet Alexis Vacher, the Hurdy Gurdy musician who just moved here from France. We met up with Alexis in Pacific Beach over coffee recently and discovered he offers hurdy gurdy lessons, loves to perform, has a huge hurdy gurdy Youtube presence, and is getting ready for his debut San Diego hurdy gurdy performance at a private party hosted by Falco Strategics.
We’re thinking what you’re thinking. What’s a hurdy gurdy?
“The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents—small wedges, typically made of wood—against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board and hollow cavity to make the vibration of the strings audible.” ~Wikipedia