Photo by myself on the subway platform at 59th Street, Columbus Circle.
A man wearing fingerless gloves played the erhu, a traditional Chinese musical instrument, Wednesday.
The erhu is a two-stringed instrument played with a bow, like a cello. Its sound has a singing, yet distinctive nasal quality.
You encounter all sorts of musical instruments on the subway platforms - bongos, violins, cellos, guitars, erhus. There have been xylophones, plastic bins, saxophones, and harmonicas.
Some people perform along with a background track of music or percussion. Others perform two instruments at once, like the electric keyboard and harmonica.
The other day I walked by a whole family singing a cappella into a microphone. They sang 4-part harmony and did a great job!
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