Sat, 16. Dec 2017 - 20:00 Uhr

Igudesman & Joo – Little Nightmare Music

Tickets: ab 39 EUR

 

Just when you thought it was safe…

The concert begins. The music is sublime. Not even a pin would dare drop. Suddenly, a cellphone rings and the madness starts. The pianist loses his hand, the violinist, while tuning, falls asleep, and later wakes up in the middle of a motorway, transformed into a “Riverdancer”. When the pianist returns, the piano is locked, telling him to insert his credit card. He just talks on the phone while reading a paper, eating, and, playing the piano upside down all at the same time. These and many other “nightmares” unfold before audiences’ eyes and ears.

IGUDESMAN & JOO have received acclaim for their interpretation of a concert night from audiences all over the world. The show has reached thousands in concert halls ranging from LA Bowl and Carnegie Hall in the West, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philharmonie Berlin, to Hong Kong City Hall Theatre in the East.

“A Little Nightmare Music” is a unique show, full of virtuosity, enchanting music and zany, outrageous humour. Ideal for audiences aged 8 to 88, this show is sure to captivate you and crack you up whether you’re a classical music enthusiast or the type who runs for cover, at the mere mention of Mozart.

“Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo played at my 80th birthday celebrations. I nearly died laughing. I’d like to invite them back for my 85th, but that might be considered reckless.….. Great musicians, great fun.”
BERNARD HAITINK — conductor

Best known as a violinist and composer, Aleksey Igudesman has also established himself as an actor, comedian and filmmaker. His music hasearned admiration for capturing the essence of diverse musical languages inauniquely clever and joyful way.

Igudesman attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. There he met Hyung-ki Joo, his comedy partner-to-be, bonding over a mutual passion for dead composers and deadpan humor. He later studied underBoris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatoire.

The violinist has enjoyed a successful career playing, composing, and arranging for his string trio Triology, recording several CDs for BMG, teaching master classes, and performing with Bobby McFerrin, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, Sir Roger Moore and John Malkovich, among others. Igudesman also directed, produced and starred in the feature-length mockumentary “Noseland”, an award winner at the Doc Miami International Film Festival.

As a composer, Igudesman has written pieces performed by ensembles and orchestras worldwide — including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has frequently collaborated with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer on movies, including “Sherlock Holmes,” nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score, and “Jealous of the Birds”, which won Best Original Score at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

He is one half of the deliciously daft Igudesman & Joo, whose inspired silliness can start with Rachmaninoff or Liszt and find its way through martial arts, movie classics, rock, hip hop, folk, heavy metal, disco and step dancing. Sketches from their concert shows shredding the classical canon have gone viral on YouTube, with some 40 million views.

Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. On the Internet, related searches for #Hyung-ki_Joo include: #Composer, #Pianist, #Conductor, #InspiringStudents, #YouTubeSensation, #KaratePiano, #FastestToothbrusherInTheWorld, #JediMaster, #TaylorSwift’sSecretAsianFantasy, #Pomegranate, and #Aadvark. Hyung-ki, pronounced forever, “Young-Key” with an “H” in front, is also the only Korean Jew, (spelt J-O-O), in the world.

He started piano lessons at the age of eight and a quarter, and two years later won a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. There, he discovered that he was among geniuses and child prodigies and was convinced he would be kicked out of the school. In the end, he was never kicked out but teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman, did kick him around in various parts of his anatomy.

No matter how difficult those sevenyears at the school may have been, it only strengthened his love of music, and a while after graduation, he was chosen by Yehudi Menuhin himself to perform as soloist for his eightieth birthday concert at the Barbican Hall, London. The London Times said, “Joo brought a freshness of approach-That joy in communication is all too rare in professional music-making“. (Author’s note: this must have made Joo particularly happy and proud knowingthat his favourite secret agent, James Bond, would have read ittoo, sinceeveryone knows thatThe Times is the only newspaper Bond ever reads.) Speaking of James Bond, Joo has collaborated with former 007 actor, Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions in aid of UNICEF, including creating the World Record for the Most Dancing Musicians on Stage with his duo, IGUDESMAN & JOO. That’s right, Igudesman finally stopped bullying Joo and they became great friends and artistic partners. In fact, together, they now tour the world making people happy and having loads of funny videos on their YouTube channel, which has been hit over 40 million times.

Piano Boy meets Piano Man in 2001, and the young Joo arrangesand records Billy Joel’s thirteenth and final album, “Fantasies and Delusions”-a collection of solo piano pieces. The album reached no.1 on the Billboard Classical Charts for 18weeks. In that same year, he co-foundshis piano trio with violinist, Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne and cellist, Thomas Carroll. The trio would go on for seven years, culminatingin a series of concerts at the Wigmore Hall, after winning the prestigious International Parkhouse Chamber Music Competition.(Author’s note: I’d never heard of it either, but it sounds impressive, I guess). Their recording of Brahms and Frank Bridge’s Piano Trios was recently released on Paladino Records.

Before Joo teamed up with Igudesman, Hyung-ki created and developed DUEL-ashow combining music, humour, and theatricality with the French cellist, Laurent
Cirade. Several years later, the show was produced and released as a DVD by Sony/BMG.

Hyung-ki has small hands, (but only hands small), and therefore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play, such as the music of Rachmaninov, who had Big Hands. Anyway, even with this small hindrance, heperforms chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a good piano part. As much as he loves playing piano, his original desire as a musician was to become a composer. The dream came true and now Universal Edition and Modern Works publish his music, and musicians and orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, have performed it. Hans Zimmer says about Joo: “The beauty ofhis writing emerges with ingenious subtlety, as he knows full well that you need to seduce listeners with charm before devastating them with emotion.”

One dream still to be realised is Joo’s wish to conduct and work with youth orchestras as much as possible. Always concerned about the state of musical education, Joo’s passion for teaching has led him to develop his own personal style of workshop: Beyond the Practice Room. To find out more, please visit his homepage, www.hyungkijoo.com.

 

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