The Portland-based XX Digitus Duo will bring their multi-media, four-hand piano concert to the Oregon Coast on Saturday, Nov. 18, with a performance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The duo, whose name refers to the 20 fingers they put to work on the keys, will perform a concert entitled “Shades of Twenty,” featuring styles ranging from Latin American to alternative rock. The duo will also play Dag Gabrielson’s new musical score for the 1927 Dada film, “Ghosts Before Breakfast,” while the film runs on a screen behind them.
Pianists Maria Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu have had successful individual careers that have taken them around the world to events like the Aspen, Tanglewood, Bergen and Casals festivals, and seen them work alongside performers like the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Friends and colleagues since college years at the New England Conservatory, Garcia and Muramatsu joined forces in 2014 to form the XX Digitus Duo and explore the four-hand piano repertoire.
Together, they explore the classical standards but also the vast repertoire of their shared Latin American musical heritage. They are deeply committed to working with composers in creating new works for the medium, commissioning four works in the past two years from composers Ken Selden, Dag Gabrielsen and Charles Copeland. Their goal is to create exciting musical experiences that include classical, contemporary and rock audiences with an eclectic choice of repertoire while collaborating with other art forms such as film, visual arts, poetry and dance.
Recently they opened the Corvallis — OSU Piano International Series with a special event focused on Latin American music. They have also appeared numerous times at the historic Old Church, All Classical Radio Thursdays at Three showcase, with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers, in concert productions with Artslandia magazine, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, and in an outdoor concert at Director’s Park.
Devoted teachers, their educational performances featuring transcriptions of ballet repertoire at the Old Church and for the Community Music Center have been enthusiastically received. Their first recording of music by Ravel, Barber and Gershwin is available online through Bandcamp. Their newest album “4+1” is out now and available at live shows.
The Nov. 18 concert will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101. Advance tickets, $20 for adults, and $10 for kids aged 18 and under, are available at www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.