Surprises in store with the piano men

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Duo B!z’art – two pianists playing the same piano – will be visiting Arran for an unusual concert in the community theatre at Arran High School.

On Saturday January 27, André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste, who are both from Belgium, will make a welcome appearance on the island. They specialize in what is unusual and unconventional in music – hence their name – which is intended to suggest the word bizarre.

As well as playing in the duo, André works with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera Orchestra of Wallonia. He teaches at the Ettelbruck Music Conservatory in Luxembourg.

Geoffrey also works with many leading instrumentalists as well as with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and the Liège Symphony Orchestra.

What will be slightly bizarre about their Arran concert is not so much the music they will be playing, most of it familiar and popular classical pieces, but the way they will be playing it: 20 fingers belonging to two musicians sharing the same 88 piano keys.

Their programme scheduled for Arran is subtitled: An imaginary and poetic journey of a dreaming child, and indeed it should be particularly suitable for children who, as with all Music Arran concerts, will be admitted free, together with an accompanying adult.

The programme evokes a story, and a short narrative to accompany the music will be printed in the programme for the evening. The pieces that illustrate the tale are by Brahms, Percy Grainger, Grieg, Edward MacDowell, Fauré and Tchaikovsky.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets will be available on the door, but can also be bought in advance, online from Arran Events at www.arranevents.com, or from the Inspirations of Arran shop in Brodick.

 

André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste of Duo B!z’art will provide an unusual performance when visiting Arran later this month. No_B02music01