Lose Yourself to Dance!

Lights, skates, cameras, action! It's been a while in the making (due to our nonstop touring schedule!) but our latest music video is finally here—our two-piano cover of Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself to Dance," filmed at the Moonlight Rollerway in Los Angeles:

We managed to get two Steinway concert grands into this famed roller rink (featured in a plethora of TV shows, movies, and music videos), the ideal venue for Daft Punk's discotastic track. Joined by our wonderful co-director, producer and cinematographer, Victoria Sendra (with whom we collaborated on our recent "Mambo" and "Shake It Off" music videos), and her assistant Christopher Ruiz, we made the most of our brief shoot on and off the pianos (needless to say, our musical coordination as a duo doesn't translate so seamlessly to roller skating ... we may have taken a few spills during filming!). In the end, we envisioned a video that visually reflects the kaleidoscopic, hypnotic groove of the music, and we hope it inspires you to lose yourself in the best way possible.

Magic in the discolights...

UK Premiere of Thomas Adès' "Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face"

This week we're performing a recital on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Close Up concert series, featuring the complete Rite of Spring and a special all-British music set, including Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face concert paraphrase and our arrangements of Arne's The Morning and the Beatles' "Let It Be" (a loving, gospel-gone-wild homage to the band's provenance). 

We're particularly excited to present the UK premiere of Thomas Adès latest work for piano (in this case, two pianos!) — it's a potent, kaleidoscopic, and topical addition to the repertoire.

On Thursday, we'll join forces with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Maestro Christian Lindberg in Francis Poulenc's Double Concerto.

Rite of Spring DVD available for sale

Looking to cozy up with your loved ones this holiday season? You're in luck — we've already drawn up a fire... a 140-year-old piano ablaze in the desert, in fact.

Our film "The Rite of Spring: A Musical Odyssey" is finally available for sale on CDBaby.com. The music video fuses a ferocious dueling piano performance of Igor Stravinsky's 35-minute masterwork with an epic tale of soul-searching and survival, culminating in the sacrificial destruction of an ancient piano. Since 2013 when we uploaded the film to YouTube in 10 episodes, we've made countless adjustments to the work and presented it at multiple film festivals. Now, we're excited to release the complete, definitive version to the public.

In addition to the film itself, the DVD includes a 30-minute documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews entitled "Chronicles of the Rite."

It's the perfect holiday gift for friends and family! Purchase the DVD here.

Performance with the San Francisco Symphony

Join us for our debut performance with the San Francisco Symphony! This family-friendly concert, conducted by maestro Edwin Outwater, will include a playful, eccentric, and surprising take on Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, as well as our arrangements of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee[s] and Jack Fina's Bumble Boogie. 

"Wild Sounds" with the San Francisco Symphony
Davies Hall, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 P.M. 
Ticket information here

Washington Post Review (and more)

The Washington Post reviewed our recent recital at the National Gallery, and we're fond of the headline: "Ambitious piano duo shows that 'entertainment' doesn't equate to selling out." Highlights:

Anderson and Roe are the very model of complete 21st-century musicians. They fuse classical and pop music into a blend of high artistry and skillful entertainment... That they are crack pianists goes without saying.

A sweet and jewel-like performance … ferocious, thundering…
— The Washington Post

We're blushing! This also reminds us that it just might be time for another media round-up:

Miami Herald:

[Anderson & Roe are] rock stars in the classical musical world.

Waco Tribune: 

Electrifying! The thunder of twin Steinway grand pianos and the pianists’ furious energy, at its peak, had the giddying exhilaration of… setting a calliope on fire and pushing it down a hill. 
The pieces with the orchestra revealed the pianists’ talent for deconstructing and reassembling orchestral scores for piano and a sharp ear for playing together, keeping musical complexity and thick arrangements from turning into undifferentiated musical mud.

San Francisco Chronicle:

A riot of ivories!

Chicago Tribune:

Fleet-fingered… frisky iconoclasm.

Daily Camera:

Anderson and Roe are the gold standard among today’s piano duos. The duo dazzled…
Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe function like a complex machine, fusing two musical minds into one. The nimbleness with which Poulenc's sparkling lines passed between them was a wonder to behold.
Spectacular! One of the Phil’s most enjoyable guest artist appearances in recent memory.

San Francisco Classical Voice:

In Anderson-Roe’s realm, the choreography alternates between demure, savage; sexual.

Palm Beach Daily News:

The performance was remarkable in more than one way: Not only did the artists display superb musicianship throughout the program, but also the program itself was full of surprises. Anderson and Roe performed with the electricity and abandon that have become a hallmark of their career. The stark contrasts of dynamics and textures were masterfully rendered.

Palm Beach Arts Paper:

The artistry of Anderson and Roe is exemplary. Their playing was riveting. Toes were tapping all around me; it’s so easy to get caught up in their beautiful and sensitive interpretation.

Santa Fe New Mexican:

In this committed unveiling, [Brahms’ Double Concerto arranged by Anderson & Roe for two pianos and orchestra] came across as an effective concert work, a useful addition to the regrettably small repertoire of concertos for two pianos and orchestra.

Albany Democrat Herald: 

Risk-taking … dangerous!