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Life is made of tragicomically controversial moments. One man’s painful fall may cause a bystander to burst into an inappropriate laugh. While in stitches ridiculing the clumsiness of a stranger, the bystander himself may slip on a banana skin and fall hard… Though hurting really badly – through all the moaning – he’d start laughing even harder. Why? Because he sees the irony in what happened to him.

Seeing the funny side of life and things is a gift. The ability to help others not to take themselves too seriously, to make them lighten up and make a light out of sometimes less than perfect situations, is a talent.

Concerts of a duo of a violinist and singer Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo (http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/biography/) are full of unexpected twists and turns, as they don’t just deliver a professional performance of musical pieces, but also offer their own theatrical interpretation of each composition. There’s a humor and story in every note and step they take on stage.

Famous ‘I Will Survive’ had never sounded so lighthearted before:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odhDJiRys6U

Most of people like to have fun and be entertained. When I feel like inviting some extra silliness into my life, I go to a Comedy Club or choose to watch a comedy movie. But Comedy and Classical Music didn’t exactly go hand in hand in my mind until I saw a performance of Alexsey and Joo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkNBWeWzha4&feature=related

I think, Mozart would be proud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psazw6xsMFs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2nRMrDYdyg

After rocking New York’s Carnegie Hall back in April, Aleksey and Joo are now on their way to you, so you might just see their performances in person. Check out their touring schedule.  http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/#

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Comments on: "Good Humor Me, Classical Music – Little Nightmare Concert." (120)

  1. Thanks for that. I really enjoyed it!

  2. Very cool concept! I can see by their “serious” faces they have a good sense of humor.

  3. Very good. Tim Minchin’s another one who manages to blend classical-style music with comedy.

    The point about being able to laugh at ourselves is a very important one, and one that we’re having a problem with in the UK. It’s a shame, because laughing at yourself is great.

  4. Fabulous! Love your articles, love their random performance! 🙂

  5. Where did you hear about those guys? Hysterical.

  6. I’ve seen these guys… somewhere… I can’t for the life of me recall where. Anyway, they’re a hoot, and so was reading about them here. Thanks for the laughs tonight.

    • Hey Sid, thank you for visiting and reading my post. It’s impossible looking at this musicians and listening to their music without smile, you are absolutely right! 🙂

  7. thats a funny way of playing classical music 🙂
    will have to see it to feel it.

  8. I wish I had time right now to watch some of these. I think I would enjoy them very much. I will check them out though when I get a moment. I love to laugh. I need to laugh – I can be too serious sometimes! 🙂

  9. Humour and Classical music??!!
    Fantastic!

    And great blog, enjoying going through it.

  10. Enjoyed the post. The two musicians are very good…and funny 🙂

  11. These guys are great. They take Victor Borge to the next level.

    I’m so glad you found my site, by the way — because now I know about yours!

  12. What fun those two have! I love your site. I love. No, I luuuuurve music; as a violinist in my youth, I wish we were thus inspired to have fun like those guys… too pedantic. People fear so much to step out of the box that i think jumping out of the box would cause cardiac issues. I appreciate your follow! I look forward to reading more, NYParrot! 😉 -molly

    • And you know what, you most likely still can play violin. Then why not to find another fellow musician who can play… let’s say, a guitar, come up with a couple of compositions together and go ahead and perform at a local event. I don’t know how old you are, but people are able to fall in love even in their 90s, so playing music should be no problem – even if it’s not on the International scale. I bet you’ll win hearts of quite a few fans. I am rooting for you!

  13. oh, and i shared your blog on my FB page; i loved it… so great. 🙂

  14. I Just Want to be Outside said:

    They recently played in Orchestra Hall here in Chicago, and I’m still kicking myself for not going!

    • Hey, don’t be too hard on yourself – you’ll hopefully will get another chance. Meanwhile – there’s always the YouTube to cling to;).

  15. I loved this! They are brilliant! Hope they come to Denver sometime…Thanks for sharing and for following my blog! I look forward to following yours! – Cathy

  16. Bravo! Bravo! Excellent piece for my morning!

  17. What a BRILLIANT post! I have never seen these guys, but I am so planning to now! Even my husband was entertained and started looking for US tour dates. So from one gal to another, thanks a million for maybe getting my husband to ponder the idea of leaving the city for a weekend! 😉 Jo

    • Thank you for sharing this with me, Momentumofjoy – this is my momentum of joy for sure! That is so super cool that you got inspired by these two musicians!

  18. Great post, loved the music and comic presentation. Thanks for coming to my blog so I could find yours

  19. These are so funny! Thanks for posting. And thanks for liking and following my blog. I’m following yours. I love the Babushki, too!

  20. I got sucked into a round of videos on YouTube – what a delight! Thanks for sharing. Watching them made me remember just how much I enjoy experiencing great music, especially live. And who doesn’t like to laugh?

  21. Nice group. I love when comedy and music come together. I could blow a comedic-musical load. Good stuff.

  22. Hi Nyparrot:

    I finally had a chance to check out your blog after you visited mine. Nice work and congratulations on your blog awards! Thanks for introducing me to Igudesman and Joo. They are great performers.

    Blessings!

  23. these guys are funny.
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Reblogged this on Numerology for Smart People and commented:
    Here is a post from nyparrot’s blog that will make you laugh out loud. Enjoy!

  25. Reblogged this on butimbeautiful and commented:
    Try A Little Nightmare Music – I’m not in a big smiley frame of mind right now but it made even me laugh!

  26. Thanks for the visit, ny. I couldn’t resist reblogging this post!

  27. I loved these. Their “Fistful of Dollars” piece was great too.

  28. Thanks for stopping by at Colltales, nyparrot. So much good stuff in here to browse, read and be humored about. Will come back. All the best. Wesley

  29. Thanks for posting about these guys. I love classical music, but they are new to me and so FUNNY! I’m always happy to learn something new.

  30. I had never heard of these guys before but I certainly enjoyed them. Reminds me a little of Victor Borge. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  31. Excellent! You might want to check out a play called 2 Pianos, 4 Hands if you ever have the chance. Got a feeling you’d enjoy it. : )

  32. Where were these guys when I was being force fed classical music in hopes of converting me away from rock. I would’ve followed.

  33. Thank you for the introduction to the duo. Enjoyed the links.

  34. They remind me of a modern duo version of VIctor Borge. He was one of the wildest and most hilarious musical comedians ever, and it seems like they’re following right along in his footsteps. Thanks for sharing this:)

  35. Never heard of them before…funny!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  37. This post of yours is amazing. Thank you for the links you’ve included about learning more about this incredible duo. Your article moved me to write today, and I cannot thank you enough. You have a wonderful blog, and your writing inspires me! Cheers!

    • Thank you so very much, Gina. It’s inspiring to me to know people enjoy discovering something new from my posts. Have a fantastic day!!

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  39. NY, This is definitely a reblog! Loads of thanks!

  40. hahaha – SIlly is good 😀 Thanks for a very silly start to the weekend here Downunder. Igudesman and Hyung-Ki are brilliant.

  41. Master showmen ,fantastic music.Best of luck.Jalal Michael

  42. Oh I am so pleased you dropped by my blog and so happy I followed you home.. I so enjoyed this post and these two amazing guys who bring a whole new twist to classical Music.. I just finished watching your link to the ‘I will Survive’ Video and I have forwarded the link onto my Son-in-law who plays piano and violin along with numerous other instruments.. His sense of humour too will much appreciate this wonderful combination.. Thank you so much..
    Humour Heals… and you have a healing Blog! and love it .. Sue xx

    • Thank you SO VERY MUCH for calling my blog healing. You made my day. Like all of us, I want nothing more than to make some difference and bring a thought or a smile to a reader’s face. I wish your son-in-law a huge success ahead. It’s impressive he’s playing multiple instruments. Maybe he’ll get inspired after watching the ‘Nightmare Concert’ and come up with a humorous performance of his own. Much love, and we are in touch now!

  43. Thanks forfollowing my blog.
    Do you go to any of the Redeemer Presbyterian Churches in New York?
    God bless,
    C.C.T.
    http://www.godcamedown.com

  44. Aleksey and Joo are a real discovery. I hadn’t heard of them and now I just have to check them out some more. Your blog is just crammed with interesting stuff.

  45. Those guys are fantastic! Thanks for sharing their work. 🙂
    I was thinking of Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” when I got to the part about looking for the light side of life.
    Earlier, I came across a great piano sketch, so I’ll share it with you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jgESE9oJRE&feature=related

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Stephanie. Yes,Victor Borge comes to minds of many when watching ‘Nightmare Concert’:-). I hope your weekend is a fun one!

  46. From Japan. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. It is difficult to perform a classic comically.

  47. Thanks for sharing. Hysterical. I really enjoyed the musical. One of my favorite songs, never heard it this way – Love it. I appreciate you stopping by My Journal of Praise and liking posts. I really got a good laugh! Thanks!

  48. Inspired. Genius. Madness. I loved it. Thank you for introducing me to these two very talented musicians.

    They remind me of Victor Borge – a classical pianist and comedian who was very playful. Very funny.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  49. Hi,

    Thank you for sharing this with the Two Bruces. And thank you for following us. I am so pleased as Bruce has not had much appreciation for music since being scared by a recorder ensemble when he was very small. I think this will go a long way to helping him.

    Bruce and Bruce

    • Hey, Double Bruce;), have a super fun weekend! I am glad my post had contributed to a younger Bruce’s new appreciation for a classical music…LOL Thank you for visiting! Come again.

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  51. My family would love this. But they aren’t coming to London, or in fact to the Uk at all! Shame!

  52. These musicians are full of humor and really good. NIce post!

  53. What fun thanks heaps..

  54. Think of all the kids who would sign up for lessons if recitals could be structured this way. Think of all the parents who would stay awake in recitals …

  55. Awesome. Thanks for digging them up. I’m sharing this massively.

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