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.

the show


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.

the show


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.“


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“

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”.

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!“

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.

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!“

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


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