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    Progressive music bands with Viola featured prominently?

    I can not think of any.
    The Canadian band Contrevent featured Cello and that's all I got
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Mackenzie Theory had electric viola, if that counts.

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    John Cale played the viola didn't he?

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    David Cross was credited for playing Viola (along with violin) on King Crimson's Larks' Tongues In Aspic & Starless And Bible Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    John Cale played the viola didn't he?
    John Cale plays the viola.

    I would have mentioned Hoelderlin as well.

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    Grits: Rare Birds, which features the 25' title piece that highlighted the electric viola.
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    Can't get any more prog than Chunky, Novi & Ernie.

    New album THE HIPCRIME VOCAB available now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Can't get any more prog than Chunky, Novi & Ernie.

    Speaking of Novi Novog, her viola features prominently on the somewhat "prog light" bands Freeway Philharmonic and String Planet, both featuring her husband, Larry Tuttle, on Chapman Stick. Larry's one of my favorite Stick players and, though both bands are definitely more on the accessible/easygoing side, they're both quite musical IMO.

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    There's occasional viola in Gentle Giant. The songs Black Cat, On Reflection and Dog's Life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdventAlan View Post
    Speaking of Novi Novog, her viola features prominently on the somewhat "prog light" bands Freeway Philharmonic and String Planet, both featuring her husband, Larry Tuttle, on Chapman Stick. Larry's one of my favorite Stick players and, though both bands are definitely more on the accessible/easygoing side, they're both quite musical IMO.
    She also plays the viola on "Raspberry Beret."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bRETT View Post
    She also plays the viola on "Raspberry Beret."
    And was briefly in Frank Zappa's band, as documented on Joe's Camouflage.
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    Univers Zero, Heresie (1979):
    Patrick Hanappier: violin, viola

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    MT, this is a joke, or are you suffering from Alzheimer?

    Kansas' Steinhardt should come to you instantly, unless you're insistent about making the difference between the violin and the viola

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    not viola or violin, but ELO features plenty of cello. Ditto for Henry Cow.


    ..... and of coure, our very ViolinCyndee

    I'm sure I forget many others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    MT, this is a joke, or are you suffering from Alzheimer?

    Kansas' Steinhardt should come to you instantly, unless you're insistent about making the difference between the violin and the viola
    I am indeed only interested in the Viola for this thread

    not Violin

    not Cello
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Do you know the difference between a violin and a viola?

    A viola burns longer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Do you know the difference between a violin and a viola?

    A viola burns longer...


    Do you know what the difference is between a banjo and a trampoline?

    Most people take their shoes off before they jump on a trampoline...

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    Wasn't there viola on early Curved Air albums?

    And I guess you could argue for psych-era Beatles with all those George Martin chamber quartet arrangements.
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    David Ragsdale of Kansas plays a 5-string violin. The lower four strings are tuned like a viola so you can play in viola range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulrus View Post
    Wasn't there viola on early Curved Air albums?

    And I guess you could argue for psych-era Beatles with all those George Martin chamber quartet arrangements.
    No Darryl Way played the violin.

    A viola is tuned a fifth lower than a violin
    Violin G D A E
    Viola C G D A

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    Also on Spock's Beard's album X, viola is featured in several places in both Jaws of Heaven and Their Names escape me.

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    The guy in my band, Chuck Bontrager, plays a 7 string electric violin that goes down to one whole step shy of a cello (or a guitar in drop D).

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    And one octave above the cello. Violin, viola, and cello can play a lot of the same lines.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    No Darryl Way played the violin.

    A viola is tuned a fifth lower than a violin
    Violin G D A E
    Viola C G D A
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    The obvious answer is Kansas, which has both violin and viola. The midsection of "Miracles Out of Nowhere" and "Dust in the Wind" both have viola, the former as part of a fugue in 7/8 time.

    If you can trust the liner notes, there was no viola on the first three Kansas albums but there is on Leftoverture and Point of Know Return.

    The less obvious answer is Sylvan, whose 2015 album Home features both violin and viola. The first and best song, "Not Far From the Sky," has what I think is viola, plus an incredible oboe part.

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    Viola Smith, pioneering drummer of the Swing Era, is dead at age 107. https://washingtonpost.com/local/obi...1be_story.html

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