Classical-music comedy duo Igudesman-Joo comes to L.A. [video]
The worlds of comedy and classical music don't usually intersect. But when they do, the results can be memorable. Victor Borge, the clownish pianist, entertained audiences for decades with his send-ups of solemn classical concerts. Anna Russell owned the market in "Ring" cycle parodies, which she performed as a solo stage show with piano.
Add to this short but illustrious list the comedy duo known as Igudesman and Joo. The musicians are coming to the Broad Stage on Saturday and Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Sunday for the L.A.-area debut of "A Little Nightmare Music," their show that brings together piano, violin and slapstick farce.
Aleksey Igudesman, who hails from Russia, and Hyung-ki Joo, from South Korea, recently spoke to The Times about their stage act, which has toured the world. "Maybe the best public is the USA because you have a very wide understanding of what we're doing somehow," said Igudesman.
"I feel the audience gets us on many different levels. But some countries like the physical humor more, other countries respond more to word puns and some countries just love to see us slip on banana peels."
Watch a sample of Igudesman and Joo performing "A Little Nightmare Music":
-- David Ng
[Updated: In addition to Saturday's Broad concert, Igudesman and Joo will perform at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Sunday.]
Photo: Hyung-ki Joo and Aleksey Igudesman. Credit: Julia Wesely