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Review: ZOFOMOMA, Melbourne Recital Centre

With 20 fingers, 15 composers, and 15 artworks, ZOFOMOMA is a creative and jubilant spectacle.

Pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. Image: Musica Viva.

It is fun to watch Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi play the piano. The duo, based in San Francisco, share the one instrument on an otherwise empty stage. They call themselves ‘ZOFO’, a ‘twenty-finger orchestra’, and move together with fluid precision and exceptional co-ordination. Both are charismatic performers who deploy flourishes of foot stomping and vocalisation in crescendos of tension, occasionally manipulating the internal strings of the piano to various effect. It’s a creative and jubilant spectacle to behold.

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