Editor’s note: on Sunday, March 6, the classical music comedy team of Igudesman & Joo return to Oregon to perform with the Oregon Symphony in a program called BIG Nightmare Music that consists of classic I&J comic sketches and new material. Before the pair appeared last summer at Chamber Music Northwest in a duo show, Oregon ArtsWatch ran a preview written by Portland pianist and classical comedienne Dianne Davies, and an interview with Hyung-ki Joo. We’re republishing those together here to remind readers to check out the pair’s new show with the orchestra.
by DIANNE DAVIES
What started in a fight of probable smashing of chairs and music stands upon each other’s heads has grown into an influential friendship. What the two musicians were actually fighting about is still a mystery. Fortunately, pianist Hyung-ki Joo put an end to the outburst with a small offering of fish and chips to violinist Aleksey Igudesman that he just couldn’t resist. This reconciliation kick-started a fantastic duo resulting in the collaboration that birthed “A Little Nightmare Music,” which they’re performing at Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest on July 20 at Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium.