Another real treat recently. My friend Jenn works with the Honens International Piano Competition and they wanted something…different…as part of their VIP donor appreciation nights. Long story short, I got to work with the marvellous Jon Kimura Parker, one of the best pianists in the world, putting together an hour-long recital/magic show.
I have to say it went exceptionally well – the music and magic alternated and flowed into one another thematically, and the entire performance went without a hitch. Parker even provided musical accompaniment to a routine I usually use recorded music for. “It’s not really a piano piece,” he said when I told him what I usually perform to, “but I think it goes like this…” and then he played it perfectly from start to finish, off the top of his head. Remarkable. What a night. Two, actually.