By Associated Press - Friday, May 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Weiss, a world-renowned oboist who also mastered the musical saw, has died. He was 67.

His wife, Alpha Walker, says Weiss died last Saturday while surfing off Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. She tells the Los Angeles Times ( that Weiss collapsed near shore. The cause of death hasn’t been determined.

Weiss was principal oboist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 30 years. He was introduced to the musical saw - and his wife - at a 1981 New Year’s Eve party.

Using a violin bow and a cross-cut saw, he played everything from the Beatles to Stravinsky and performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and Disneyland.

He appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and the soundtrack to the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”


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