Eighteenth century music is back on the Gong’s radar, with the up and coming tour of the musical duo ‘Duo de Jordaan’ – Anthony Abouhamand has teamed up with fellow student of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Adam Jaffe to bring all four hands and life back to the harpsichord.
After successfully completing their first ever music tour around Europe where they performed throughout the Netherlands as well as in the ‘Musical Instruments Museum’ in Brussels, the duo are coming to Thirroul and they are expected to bring something unique and vibrant to the stage.
“We want to stir the audience’s imagination,” said Anthony, “We want to let the music take effect and transport them from the here and now.”
Hours of meticulous training has been applied by the duo in mastering the harpsichord – an instrument that was made popular by none other then, Mozart himself, who had a love of this unique string based instrument.
Anthony and Adam practise continuously for hours a day, mastering the solos and duets they will perform in concert. Together they have trained meticulously to master four hands repertoire on the harpsichord, a “challenge” as Anthony describes it.
“Think for a moment about how difficult it is to recite a poem with the correct diction, punctuation and expression. Now, imagine two people attempting to recite the same poem simultaneously with the self-same thoughts and expressions”
It is evident in their enthusiasm and eagerness that Adam and Anthony are truly passionate about playing the harpsichord, and this concert will be the ultimate test of their hard work and dedication. The success of their first concert tour in Europe has marked one of many invaluable learning experiences for them as performers. The ‘Duo de Jordaan’s’ upcoming performance at the Excelsior Hall in Thirroul will continue to help them on their way to mastering the art of harpsichord performance.
‘Duo de Jordaan’ is expected to bring something unique and powerful to the Australian stage. The programme is a mixture of light hearted, programmatic, drawing-room style duets from late-eighteenth-century Vienna and London, counterbalanced by the mesmerising solo Preludes and Fugues from Johann Sebastian Bach’s, ‘Well Tempered Clavier’. With a mixture of duets that will both delight and humour an audience alongside pensive, heavier solos, the programme is sure to captivate the whole family. Classical music and more specifically early music enthusiasts as well as first timers-alike will be captivated by the fresh enthusiasm and talent of these two aspiring, leading musicians.
Thirroul District Community Centre & Library – Excelsior Hall
28th July 2013, 2pm-3pm