Media Release 14 November 2014
YouTube sensations, Igudesman & Joo, bring Christmas themed concert of musical comedy to the National Concert HallWith over 35 million hits on YouTube, the two classical musicians Igudesman and Joo have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows. The duo who make their Irish debut at the National Concert Hall on Monday 15 December 8pm, present their Christmas themed concert of musical comedy “A Little Silent Night Music”. It promises heartrending renditions of holiday classics, hilarious original Christmas and New Year songs, topped off with some Igudesman and Joo all-times classics.
Following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Victor Broge and Dudley Moore, they have teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich, and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions (in aid of UNICEF) and have worked with some of the world’s biggest classical music stars such as Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin in their musical sketches.
Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, the duo helped secure the world record for having the most ‘Dancing Violinists’ on stage which they achieved with the help of 100 violinists from around the world on New Year’s Eve 2011 at the Vienna Konzerthaus! The world record was conceived and produced by the duo in aid of UNICEF.
John Malkovich said ‘their mix of classical music and comedy is absolutely unique’; The New York Times said ‘their blend of classical music and comedy, laced with pop culture references and a wholly novel take on the word slapstick, is fuelled by genuine, dazzling virtuosity”. Singer/songwriter and 12-time Grammy award winner Paul Simon says ‘Stunning to hear in concert”.
Individually, Aleksey Igudesman has worked with musicians ranging from Academy® Award-winning Hollywood composer, Hans Zimmer, to multi Grammy® Award-winning vocalist, Bobby McFerrin. Hyung-ki Joo has worked with Academy® Award-winning composer, Vangelis, and was chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy Joel to arrange and record Joel’s classical compositions on a CD, which reached No.1 on the Billboard Charts.
Igudesman & Joo – ‘A Little Silent Night Music’
The National Concert Hall
Monday 15 December 2014, 8pm
Tickets: €20, €25, €30 Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie
For further information please contact Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 087 1775334 / 01 417 0057