Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi – ZOFO – have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. Touring Australia for the first time with Musica Viva, they visit the Newcastle Conservatorium on May 16 with ZOFOMOMA, a stunning multimedia project that combines new music and art from around the world.
This Grammy-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble – one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets – is blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st-century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.
ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra) explores the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions. The duo believes that the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with two musicians playing individual parts on one instrument in a complex, often beautiful choreography of four hands.
The ZOFOMOMA Live Concert Experience unfolds as an aurally and visually stunning walking tour through a virtual museum of modern art. Against an ever-changing backdrop of contemporary paintings, 15 new ZOFO-commissioned duet compositions are revealed throughout the 75-minute continuous performance. And in a nod to Mussorgsky, this 21st-century ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ leads viewers from one gallery to the next accompanied by a new Promenade Theme arranged by ZOFO's Keisuke Nakagoshi.
For this cutting-edge project, ZOFO solicited new works from top composers around the globe and asked each to select a painting representative of his or her culture as a springboard to the creative process. The result is a rich tapestry of sights and sounds reflecting the cultural, musical and artistic diversity of our world community.
Experience ZOFO live at the Newcastle Conservatorium on Thursday 16 May at 7:30pm. For bookings and further details, visit www.musicaviva.com.au/zofo
Gilles Silvestrini, Carl Vine, Avner Dorman, Paweł Mykietyn, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Lei Liang, Jonathan Russell, Wayan Yudane, Kenji Oh, Cécile Marti, Sahba Aminikia, Gabriel Prokofiev, Samuel Carl Adams, Pablo Ortiz, Keyla Orozco
Claude Monet, James Gleeson, Reuvan Rubin, Wojciech Fangor, Sattar Bahlulzade, Huang Binhong, Stormie Mills, I Made Budhiana, Yokoyama Taikan, Verena Marti-Buchmann, Nicky Nodjoumi, Robert Fry, Agnes Martin, Eduardo Stupia, Douglas Pérez Castro
Header Image: ZOFO artists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. Photo by Carlin Ma.
Second Image: ZOFO artists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. Photo by Jim Block.