Mambo Jambo is truly a royal pleasure…
…highlighting the diverse abilities of all our musical royalties and bringing music from different genres into action!
IGUDESMAN & JOO, dubbed by The Los Angeles Times as “the kings of classical music comedy” join forces with two queens of musical virtuosity to create a royal musical jam filled with fruity pieces, such as “Mambo” from Bernstein’s West Side Story. As well as music by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Chick Corea, Sting, Georg Kreisler, and IGUDESMAN & JOO.
The dazzling queen of percussion Lucy Landymore, best known for her performances with Hans Zimmer, brings good vibes to the mix with her vibraphone and other exotic percussion instruments.
Yu Horiuchi, better known as the queen of the piano, brings in her incomparable soulful voice and art of acting, which even IGUDESMAN & JOO cannot resist.
Prior to our thanksgiving concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Manfred Honeck and the dynamic duo Igudesman and Joo, there was much scepticism within the organization as to how the orchestra and audience would react. However, our minds were put at ease the minute they arrived! They were incredibly professional, obviously very talented, and provided a breath of fresh air for the orchestra and PSO staff. It was such a joy to have them with us, and we received such great feedback from our patrons and the musicians that we immediately reinvited them to join us for a special concert with the orchestra the following year!
“What makes the slapstick duo so original is not that they turn classical music culture upside-down and inside out, but that they never mess with the music itself, treating that with not just respect, but with astonishing virtuosity.”