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