Two grand pianos on one stage, being played by two remarkableJapanese jazz pianists who start the concert as soloists and endthe performance as a duo. It has been said that in this program,Hiromi and Akiko Yano form two souls with one thought. The twowomen blend different genres into their playing and repertoire.Hiromi feels at home in jazz, rock and classical. At the age of 17she was already playing with Chick Corea with whom she recentlyrecorded her sixth album Duet. Yano's musical career has moveduninterruptedly between pop and jazz. It all began in Los Angeleswhere she recorded Japanese Girl in the seventies. This resulted ina permanent collaboration with Yellow Magic Orchestra and musicalprojects with David Sylvian's Japan and Pat Metheny. In 2008, shereleased her 27th album Akiko, produced by T-Bone Burnett. At theNorth Sea Jazz Festival, the collaboration between Hiromi and Yanohas been reduced to its essence: no band, but only piano musicbeing played back and forth.