duo b!z’art

Music Arran presents an intriguing concert to launch its programme for 2018, on 27th January, in the Community Theatre at Arran High School. Duo B!z’art consists of two pianists playing the same piano. André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste hail from Belgium, and specialize in what is unusual and unconventional in music – hence their name, which echoes the word “bizarre”. In some ways, their music is not so bizarre, as on the island they will be playing much-loved pieces by well-known composers.

However, they will be playing them on the same piano: the 4 hands, 20 fingers of 2 musicians sharing the 88 keys. This gives a very special show, where the hands intertwine on the keyboard with astounding virtuosity. Their programme on the 27th, subtitled “An imaginary and poetic journey of a dreaming child”, will of course be suitable for all ages, but may have a particular interest for children (who, in line with Music Arran policy, are admitted free, together with an accompanying adult). An evocative short narrative to accompany the music will be printed in the programme for the evening. The pieces that spell out the tale are by Brahms, Percy Grainger, Grieg, Edward MacDowell, Fauré and Tchaikovsky. 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.

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