Sun, 17. Dec 2017 - 20:00 Uhr

Igudesman & Joo – And Now Mozart

Tickets: ab 39 EUR


... meaning, now we play Mozart? Or is it an acronym for an encounter with a composer, his spirit, his personality and his toilet habits? Will Mozart perhaps even appear himself out of the blue and show us the way out of a life so full of arbitrary mundaneness, will he be our guiding figure to an enlightened somewhat more spiritual path, therefore changing life as we know it?

"What the hell are you talking about?", you may well ask. And rightfully so. To cut the long story short, what we intend to say with the title of the show is that Mozart will not be able to appear tonight. Or any other night that we play this show. However he may make a guest appearance towards the end, but certainly not long enough to profoundly justify calling the show "AND NOW MOZART".

The problem is as follows: We artists are often confronted with the fact that we have to think of names and titles for our shows, years ahead of its actual release. This may be the equivalent to someone asking you what you will feel like eating on Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm in four years time. When we came up with the title, we thought we might feel like playing some Mozart for you. But we don’t. Or maybe we do by the time you read this text.

Whatever may be, the fact is, although we do start developing our performances, shows, concert, events or whatever one may be inclined to call them, years ahead of time, they are under constant construction. And one idea might turn into something quite different from what it was originally intended.

On top of that, we did think it would be fun and original to have a show called "AND NOW MOZART" and not actually include any Mozart. And that may already be the long and short of it. But since concert halls like to produce programs booklets in order to sell them and earn an extra buck and many people (ourselves not excluded) like to have something to read if they get bored during the performance, or take a souvenir home from the concert, which will lie around for years in the office until it is thrown away with the recycled paper, we decided to write something. And this is what you are holding in your hands right now.

In order for it to not appear like a complete waste of our time to write this and waste yours’ to read this, we might as well give you some background on this show, or some ground rules, if you like.

  1. We like Mozart. He is nice.
  2. Mozart was a composer.
  3. Mozart was a very good composer.
  4. Mozart liked fart jokes.
  5. Mozart was funny and crazy, perhaps not the same way as he was portrayed in the movie Amadeus (which you really should watch, in case you haven’t seen it and if you have, watch it again), but all the same, he was a "kindred spirit" of ours.
  6. Mozart will not be here tonight. And you will hear no Mozart tonight either. Probably. Or not a lot. And if you do, it’s at the end. And most likely by mistake.
  7. You will probably hear some excerpts from the Franck Sonata. Not to be confused with Frank Sinatra.
  8. You will most likely hear what goes on in a musician’s mind. Literally. And what you will hear is true. We sometimes think of mundane stuff when we play. When a musician looks like he is chewing, he is probably thinking of food. When a musician raises his left eyebrow and is looking at the pretty lady in the 3rd row...he is probably thinking of his own wife.
  9. You will definitely hear a lot of music mixed with other music, although you may not have thought that these different types of music fit together. They do. All music comes from the same place. It all comes from the planet Fujimoriboshi (22385).
  10. We often say the following sentence in interviews, but we actually mean it: “We don’t make fun of music, we make fun WITH music.” We like music. A lot. And we hope you still do too, after “AND NOW MOZART”

These are the 10 commandments of our show. Please learn them for memory. You may recite parts of them if you see us, or to anyone else you know. And when you go to sleep tonight, before you close your eyes, think of how Mozart. And how he couldn’t be here. Good Night. Or Good Morning.

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-a show 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,


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