“A Little Nightmare Music”
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. Meanwhile, the violinist loses his bow to a vacuum cleaner and his partner 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.
“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.
“AND NOW MOZART”
Igudesman & Joo’s new show
First, there was a big bang, then, a little nightmare music, and now, Mozart. For those who listen to Mozart, live with Mozart, gave birth to Mozart, eat, pray, and love Mozart, don’t care at all for Mozart, never even heard of Mozart, this show promises you all that it will contain absolutely NO Mozart! But that’s giving away way too much…
The world of classical music has finally entered its future. Navigation systems help the soloist orientate around the score, police inspectors are lurking to control interpretations of performers, pianists are on sale for parties and housework, and in a health-conscious world, musicians can now stay fit while practising through the invention of Violorobics®.
AND NOW MOZART is a show that will change nothing, except enhance your love of music and toning your stomach muscles by hysterically laughing to and with IGUDESMAN & JOO.
“BIG Nightmare Music”
Igudesman & Joo with Orchestra
IGUDESMAN & JOO’s musical madness on a symphonic scale
When IGUDESMAN & JOO perform with a symphony orchestra, the musical nightmares take on epic proportions! Fans of “A Little Nightmare Music” will be falling all over themselves to experience perennial favorites like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing amped up for a full-blown orchestra. But on top of priceless adaptations of pieces from their duo-show, “BIG Nightmare Music” boasts several uproarious sketches tailor-made for a symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into their act, from the first violinist to the last percussionist.
What’s more, you will have the added opportunity of hearing Igudesman and Joo perform as soloists, both in well-known concertos and in their own orchestral works.IGUDESMAN & JOO are always too BIG for any stage but now picture the duo in Wonderland after eating that cake which makes you grow… A scary thought? There you have it: “BIG Nightmare Music”!
The show includes music by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bach, Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, Igudesman, Joo.
“8 To 88″
Education For Children of All Ages
Igudesman & Joo’s unique education program is designed for any musician who wishes to widen their horizons and approaches to creating, learning, rehearsing, and, performing music. “8 to 88″ explores often– ignored and less-practised aspects of music making and encourages musicians to be more open to such aspects, which may include improvisation, choreography, theatricality, psychology of performance, stage manner and presentation, different styles of music, classical and non-classical rhythm, composition, dramaturgy, and humour.
Musicians are invited to bring their own instruments, and any other instrument they might play, and are encouraged to bring along any own compositions, sketches (musical, or theatrical), and to share any “hidden talents”.
Igudesman & Joo’s “8 To 88″ is available to all musicians, and while it is certainly not exclusive to string players or pianists, violinists and violists would benefit from working with Igudesman’s various “workouts” in different styles, alternative sound production, and, non-classical ornamentation.
The content and direction of the program can vary dramatically depending on the enrolled participants on any given day, which follows Igudesman and Joo’s organic and reactive coaching style that addresses each situation and individual.
Students come away from “8 To 88″ inspired and invigorated, and many leave some of their fears and inhibitions behind. The over-arching emphasis is on being able to have fun with music, and feeling inspired and confident to be creative and break new grounds for their own musical journeys.
“Their blend of classical and comedy,laced with pop culture references and a wholly noval take on the word slapstick, is fueled by genuine, dazzling virtuosity.“
CORINNA da FONSECA- WOLLHEIM — NY TIMES
“Describing the Igudesman & Joo humor in detail would be to deflate its brilliance. For the put-‐upon Igudesman, think Jack Benny and Jascha Heifetz rolled into one. For the zany Joo, try an unholy Chico Marx, Vladimir Horowitz and Jerry Lewis mash-‐up […] The Igudesman & Joo anthem is Gloria Gaynor’s ‘70s hit song “I Will Survive.” Igudesman begins it as if singing a Russian folk song, and he electrifies it by playing on the violin strings with an electric swizzle stick (on a priceless 1717 Santo Seraphin violin, no less). Ultimately, it survives -‐-‐ barely and hilariously -‐-‐ as an unclassifiable audience sing-‐along. But the idea of surviving is also a serious business with these two miraculous performers“
MARK SWED — LA TIMES
“Having had the great pleasure to have shared a stage with my friends Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo, I can tell you that even from up-close they are the real thing.They are extremely funny, very original, and highly-skilled musicians to boot. Their mix of classical music and comedy is absolutely unique”.
JOHN MALKOVICH — actor
“The funniest show on music and the life of musicians I have seen since the great Victor Borge. I couldnt stop crying of laughter for the whole evening. Go see these gifted musicians. What they show is life at its funniest side. It isn’t just entertaining, it is hilarious! “
GIDON KREMER — violinist
“I had the time of my life when I first saw them live in action, and felt honored to put in a cameo in some of their nutty skits! Take the opportunity to get a taste of their over brimming musical imagination”!
EMANUEL AX — pianist
“A Little Nightmare Music brings surrealism to the concert hall and takes its trousers down! Very musical, very engaging and very funny. A Big Hand for A Little Nightmare Music’s Big Hands.“
TERRY JONES — comedian/Monty Python/director
A Little Nightmare Music as a title is a misnomer.. Igudesman and Joo are a DREAM …watch them!“
SIR ROGER MOORE — actor
“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
“Igudesman and Joo are not only musical virtuosi but also comic maestros. Any thing they touch turns to gold and I am enchanted by them every time I see them. Definitely one of the funniest and most entertaining shows I have ever seen and I can’t wait to see them again in action!“
MISCHA MAISKY — cellist
“Hearing and seeing Igudesman and Joo performing live is experiencing pure musicianship, wonderful acting, sophistication and a terrific sense of humor. Their lack of pretentiousness and the joy of their music-making offer an irresistible invitation into the world of classical music. I can’t wait to bring them back!”
HANNA ARIE-GAIFMAN — Director 92nd Street Y, Tisch Center for the Arts, New York
“The incredible performance/workshop of Igudesman and Joo… was the best visiting educational experience that I have witnessed in my 31 years of teaching in public education.
Over 780 performing arts students… were exposed to musicianship, self-confidence building, kinesthetic learning, and different cultural perspectives that spoke to everyone in the auditorium at different and memorable levels.
… Thank you so much for letting us be a part of this wonderful event. You have touched many lives today, with your passion for music and the arts.“
ANDREW KIDD — Superintendent of schools Daytona County