Photos and words by Shakil Hossain
The Piano Guys are the definition of fun. This duo consisting of John Schmidt and Steven Nelson took over the Budweiser stage last night in Toronto and performed a grandiose, modern display of classical music. The two piece comprised of only a cello and piano made the entire audience dance along, and the large video background for every song gave the performance an eclectic touch.
Besides their musical genius, the band is known for their unique videos on Youtube where they play their respective instruments in the most unimaginable places one can think of – on top of a mountain, a cliff or in a winter forest while it's snowing. These unique videos that are carefully curated for every song are an essential part of the musical experience - they naturally complemented the music. Before every song, John and Steven provided a narrative which made the performance much easier to follow.
The song “Bourne Vivaldi” was based on Steven’s childhood memory of listening to Vivaldi which triggered thoughts of action movie fight scenes for him. Naturally, he composed a Vivaldi inspired song along with elements inspired from his favourite action movie “Bourne Identity” and called it Bourne Vivaldi.
The friendly banter between the duo added more entertainment throughout the concert. Both John and Steven can easily be mistaken as the guys next door anyone can hang out and have a drink with. The combination of talented musicians playing live in front of beautifully made videos and curated lights - this show was a great night of entertainment.
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