The Piano Guys Hong Kong Concert 2015 酷音樂團香港音樂會

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驚人的消息:The Piano Guys 要來香港了!The Piano Guys Live in Hong Kong!

台譯為「酷音樂團」的 The Piano Guys,早於 2013 年已到埗亞洲,當時演出地包括土耳其、菲律賓與新加坡。本年亞洲巡演(The Piano Guys Asia Tour 2015)重回新加坡,並首次踏足華人地區,包括台灣與香港,也把音樂足印擴展至南韓、日本兩地。

官方網頁介紹,結緣於美國猶他州同名琴行的 The Piano Guys,源起某天店主 Paul Anderson 營業時,店內走進了一位鋼琴造詣高超的 Jon Schmidt 前來詢問租借鋼琴為自己的音樂會練習。Paul 實在太賞識 Jon 的琴藝,於是邀請共同合作拍攝音樂影片。後來他們又拉來與 Jon 合作多年的大提琴手 Steven Sharp Nelson,另外還有作曲 Al van der Beek,以及影像製作 Tel Stewart,五人取店名結合成古典跨界的樂團,定時製作影片上載 Youtube,造成巨大網絡哄動,至今影片瀏覽量超過 5.7 億。

The Piano Guys 最為粉絲們津津樂道的,除了編曲糅合古典與現代曲風,還有的是影片取景:無論是冰天雪地懸崖峭壁廣闊鹽湖奇觀瀑布,又或是萬里長城,都難不到他們運送樂器(包括鋼琴!)與其他器材,成就出一部又一部膾炙人口的音樂影片。

以下為本場音樂會概況。


Retreived from: The Piano Guys – Live in Hong Kong!

What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through their music and music videos.

It all started in a piano store in a little Southern Utah town called Saint George. Paul Anderson, the store’s owner, was looking for a new, unconventional way to market pianos. The name of the piano store? The Piano Guys.

Paul embarked upon a self-guided study of social marketing and started a YouTube channel and a Facebook page. He had seen videos “go viral” and was fascinated by this exponential phenomenon. He set out to engage potential customers with music videos that were entertaining and that showcased the pianos he had in his store – envisioning “viral videos” doing his marketing for him. Paul was an ambitious, talented risk taker and felt inspired that if he could find the right people to work with he could create the number one music video channel in the world.

In walked Jon Schmidt. Literally. Jon had built a career in solo piano performance and had a concert in the St. George area. He asked Paul if he could practice on one of the store’s pianos in preparation for his gig that night. Paul explained his idea to Jon and asked if he would be willing to be in a video promoting both the store and Jon’s music. It was a win-win. Jon brought so much to the table. He had experienced the “music business” first hand. He had a gift for combining multiple genres of music in such an entertaining way that he had captivated and captured a broad, substantial fan base.

Enter Steven Sharp Nelson. When Steve was 15 years old he met Jon when they had shared the stage at a concert in which they were both performing. Steve started joining Jon at more and more of his concerts. This rapidly grew into a great friendship and a complementary stage chemistry that had audiences in stiches and in tears in two songs or less. Steve was a multi-instrumentalist that had pioneered a new approach to the cello and to song writing. And his ADHD-fueled creative mind contained a queue of song and video ideas waiting to be produced.

Then came Al van der Beek. Al showed up on Steve’s doorstep to help when Steve was moving in just down the street. Al had heard Steve was a musician and he invited his new neighbor to his home where he housed a decked-out studio. Steve and Al began writing tunes together and discovered a supernatural songwriting partnership. Al’s studio and his engineering skills were to become the most important music-writing tool for The Piano Guys, except of course for Al himself, whose innate ability for songwriting had an essential sleek edge to it.

Meanwhile, back at the piano store, employee Tel Stewart, who started as a piano mover, was just completing a degree in videography. His videography and editing skills rounded out TPG’s beginnings and made it possible to include special effects like the “Steve clones” and lightsaber cello bows! Jeremy Crawford, who also worked at the store, was arguably the best and most fearless piano mover in the world (at least as far as we know!) Without Jeremy, our Piano Stunt Coordinator, no one would have ever asked the question that we get so often, “How the heck did they get the piano up there?” Jeremy also stepped up to fill an important operations role as TPG grew so fast we couldn’t keep up. Shaye Scott, a friend of Paul’s, jumped onboard during the genesis of TPG and lent tremendous videography talent – a natural ability to capture the grandeur of nature, where most of TPG videos are filmed. Shaye’s entrepreneurial talent also ably aided the business side of TPG behind the scenes.

Our story is a miracle. We’re just a bunch of ordinary “guys” playing classically influenced instrumental music in videos that showcase incredible locations. And we’re doing well on YouTube?? There are so many coincidences that the summation of each circumstance transcends “happenstance.” We do not take credit for our successes. We cannot. To do so would defy reason. We thank God, our families, and the people who have supported us by sharing our videos, purchasing our music, and encouraging us through comments and messages. Our mission will always be to produce music videos that inspire, uplift, and make the world a better place. If we can make a positive impact in even one person’s life it has all been worth it to us.

Here comes The Piano Guys Live in Hong Kong 2015 review.


Promotion 宣傳

【Taiwan at first 一開始的宣傳只有台灣】

當時癡婦還真的妒忌台灣,因為完全沒想到他們會來香港!

【Asia Tour confirmed 後來確實的亞洲巡演消息】

4月7日才在 Facebook 專頁宣傳 4月13日要開始的亞洲巡演…(真的有點那個…)

【Hong Kong productions 香港主辦單位宣傳片】

好吧,癡婦是在演出完結以後才看到宣傳片的…


以下內容根據癡婦超白爛的英語能力與腦殘記憶手記所得。

1st Half 上半場演出

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經過上次往返三次博覽館觀賞 Phantom of the Opera 的經驗(放心癡婦某天會補回花癡文),有點令癡婦驚訝的是,這次的音樂會不是在一般音樂會、演唱會會舉行的場地--最大的場館(Arena 1)舉行,而是在一個較小型的場館(AsiaWorld-Summit (Hall 2) )。驟眼一看,這場音樂會與 2013 年新加坡之旅的格局設定是一樣的,純黑色的舞台佈景,小巧的舞台與簡單幾件樂器的擺放,沒有華麗花巧的佈置,很令人想到這真是一場「音樂分享會」。

開場之前,很多人都走到台前跟台上的大提琴與鋼琴合照。另外的是,癡婦的位置較遠,只能靠三個大銀幕輔助好了。

【Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”) Vivaldi’s Winter】

甫開場先播放最新大碟《Wonder》的宣傳與 The Piano Guys 的介紹片段(其實是《Titanium》首幾句樂章),緊接響起一段風靡全球的旋律《Let It Go》,與韋瓦第《四季之冬》的旋律交錯演奏。最後一段快板突顯出 Jon 的鋼琴功架。

“Hello, Hong Kong! Nei Ho(你好)!”
Jon 與 Steven 齊用粵語與香港的觀眾打招呼。
短暫寒喧一番,又接著一首輕快的曲子。

【All Of Me】

這次 Jon 跳過開始的行板段落,一開始就是跳躍的音符傳進各人腦海。Steven 也換上一部黑色大提琴作伴奏。

“We are The Piano Guys, we are so excited to be in Hong Kong!” Jon 說完這段話以後,便打趣地說其實「The Piano Guys」是一個很糟的名字,因為 Steven 根本不會彈鋼琴(笑),但當他們想轉名字的時候,又已經太遲了!(笑)Steven 也搶著說,從小到大,他都很期待有天會在香港內享受眾人呼喊著他的名字。(笑)說完笑以後,Jon 再接著問現場有多少人看過他們的 Youtube 影片?當然響起了全場的掌聲。Jon 突然來一個無奈的表情說道,他也不明白為什麼團隊明明叫 The Piano Guys,但最先收到的 Youtube 回應,竟然是來自 Steven 的大提琴影片。(笑)

說著說著,又介紹起另一首樂曲。

【Code Name Vivaldi (Bourne Soundtrack/Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto)】

當初他們聽到 Bourne Identity Soundtrack,於是他們就冒起了把韋瓦第的 Double Cello Concerto 變成一些 “1700s action movie soundtrack” 的念頭。Steven 換過一把電大提琴,現場演奏配上原 Youtube 的片子共同進行,別有一番韻味。

【Love Story Meets Viva La Vida】

之後就是 Taylor Swift 的名曲,Jon 還叫我們懂唱的可以跟著一起唱!之後 Jon 還即興反身盲彈一首西部牛仔曲風的小樂段呢。(下面的影片選自 2014 維也納場次,順帶一提的是,好像不同地點的主辦單位都沒禁止觀眾攝影攝錄,處處都可看到前後左右的觀眾舉起了相機。)

即興的演出博得了全場觀眾掌聲。Steven 又開始娓娓道來一些小故事:剛開始 The Piano Guys 的事業時,他只有一部大提琴,現在已經儲到了二十一部,每部都有自己的名字和自己的性格!(全場掌聲)

這次帶到香港的有三部,一部木製大提琴的名字叫 Mark General(?);黑色大提琴則製於法國,所以有個法文的名字 Carmen Dequox(?);還有電子大提琴--這個不得了--製於香港的,名叫 Bruce Lee(李小龍)!(見下圖)Steven 說沒想過可以帶著 Bruce Lee 回香港演出,又說這部琴真的與李小龍性格有點像,都是有 ADHD(過度活躍症 / 多動症)的!(笑)

【With or Without You】

之後他們就要展示一下 Bruce Lee 多動的性格(哈),動靜皆宜的旋律當中糅合了 Canon in D 的旋律。(下面影片取自 2013 新加坡場次。)

Jon 說,他們在猶他州開始的時候,原本只是想透過 Youtube 的影片來促銷鋼琴,可是最後直至他們已經推出了四張專輯,鋼琴仍然一台都沒有賣出,琴行現在更關閉了!(笑)

【Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends】

後來他們要到世界七大奇觀製作新一隻大碟時,選到長城就頭痛了。他們對於能在長城演奏非常興奮,可是選什麼歌,仍得要靠網上徵詢,總不能選 Justin Bieber 吧。(笑)後來有一個小朋友回應,”You should take Kung Fu Panda”,所以他們就開始著手改編這曲。之後,他們真的把鋼琴放到天津薊縣黃崖關段長城上演奏!「我們真的很高興能在中國香港演奏這首中國風樂曲」,這時候 Steven 微調一下 Bruce Lee 的設定,Jon 在旁補充,”He’s transforming his cello to Chinese Erhu(二胡)!” 果真拉奏的第一粒音符就是滿滿的二胡味道!慢板引入以後,不少得回味他們在長城的片段!

【Summer Jam】

Jon 說:「沒想過我能在香港演奏自己寫的曲子!」觀眾們都聽得如癡如醉。跟下面放出來的影片不同的是,這曲是 Jon 的獨奏,Steven 是退到舞台另一邊的。之後(!),Jon 更脫掉鞋子,把雙腳放在琴上,即興彈了一小段 d’ s s l s t d’!

【Father’s Eyes】

上半場臨結束前,Jon 說這首歌是他在新碟《Wonders》最喜愛的歌曲,是要獻給在座所有的父親。他們抓來了作曲 Al van der Beek 來演唱。Al van 說,如果三年前有人跟他說,要在香港演唱,他大概以為是一個 “big fat joke”,但是三年後竟然成真了。Al van 的假音運轉優美,唱功穩紥,深情地表達出 “Being father is how special joy”。


Intermission 中場休息


2nd Half 下半場演出

【Beethoven’s 5 Secrets – OneRepublic】

下半場一開始,全場暗燈(這是叫癡婦摸黑寫筆記),由 Steven 獨奏。原本冒起這歌時,癡婦只想起 古典跨界團體 Collabro 也有唱過,完全忘掉了名字。後來兩旁銀幕浮起了 Youtube 如此磅礡的弦樂團以後,就想起了名字了。

【The Mission / How Great Thou Art】

開始此曲之前,Jon 與 Steven 分別介紹他們奇觀之行的第二站,這次他們來到巴西耶穌像。看著耶穌像與附近鬼斧神工的伊瓜蘇瀑布,不禁讚嘆造物主的偉大,故此,二人把來自電影《The Mission》的《Nella Fantasia》這首充滿大自然氣息的旋律融入《How Great Thou Art》的詩歌中。當樂曲奏起時,與影片中的景觀一樣美得令全場屏息。

【Titanium / Pavane】

緊接上首餘韻,場館內響起了來自 David Guetta 的《Titanium》與 Gabriel Faure 的《Pavane》的混搭曲目。

把兩首歌一氣呵成以後,Steven 開始把玩他的 Bruce Lee 大提琴,把很多疑似走音的音效轉換成海鷗聲。真神奇!

【Don’t Worry, be Psycho】

玩了一會兒,Jon 忽然問大家想不想聽一些尚未完成的實驗的作品?(全場歡呼)於是 Jon 繼續說這段小樂段取自 Phantom of the Opera(WOW!癡婦的 POTO 花癡基因全開!)與 Don’t worry, be Happy。但他們把實驗品改名為 Don’t Worry, be Psycho… 所以這歌是來亂的囉!當他們拉完救護車的音效時,”That’s all we got”,全場掌聲不絕。(下面影片取自 2011 美國猶他州場次)

【Rockelbel’s Canon (Pachelbel’s Canon in D)】

之後 Jon 又開始問大家有沒有在婚禮或者其他地方聽過《Canon in D》,Steven 即時一臉不悅… 原因是 “Cello is with the same eight notes repeated with 3 million times”,更即場示範拉到打呼嚕的畫面…(笑)好吧,還是為著一眾大提琴手著想,是時候轉調子了!有請《Rockelbel’s Canon》!Jon 更在場即興跳熱舞!歌曲完結以後 Jon 還在跳!LOL(下面影片取自 2013 美國猶他州戶外音樂節)

【A Thousand Years】

「請問在座有多少人是第一次來約會的?請拍手。」(掌聲)「那麼在座有多少人是最後一次來約會的?」(全場哄笑)「好吧,是時候認真點。這是浪漫的鋼琴與大提琴之夜,所以我們要讓大家聽一首浪漫的曲子。」藍綠射燈打在台上,與樂章交織出夢幻非常的畫面。

【Pictures at an Exhibition】

「作為第一次的亞洲巡演,現在獻上改編自俄國作曲家 Modest Mussorgsky 的《Pictures at an Exhibition》給一眾亞洲觀眾。」清脆的琴聲與緩緩的大提琴聲,原曲 Gnomus(漫步)選段在不同的小節重覆展現,貫穿主題,柔和的曲子令人心曠神怡。

【Dumb Song】

柔和的曲子剛落,隨即迎來超級快板的牛仔舞曲(?),Jon 更一邊彈琴一邊跳起來,跳到琴椅也翻了!(現場表演比下面的影片起碼快一倍!)

“Wow, the concert is come to an end. (Ohhhh…)Don’t be like that. We are so glad to be in Hong Kong. Thank you for buying tickets, watching our videos in Youtube and sharing in Facebook. There are too many coincidences and it’s a totally miracle we can stand here. Thank God and those ADHD who put our videos in Youtube.”(笑)(癡婦以有限的視力與記性大約速記了這好幾句而已。)

【One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful】

最後一首歌了,來自 One Direction 的《What Makes You Beautiful》,舞台重現四人共同演奏鋼琴的傳奇。歌曲去了一半的時候,已經是全場一直打拍子和應呢。(以下影片取自 2012 芝加哥場次)

【Ants Marching/Ode To Joy】

接受了三分鐘的歡呼以後,四人組繼續待在台上,完成最後的 Encore 曲目!

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End 音樂會結束


More 同場加映 – Asia Tour 2015 掠影

【Singapore 新加坡場 2015/04/13-14】

吃貨四人組!Big boys eat all day!

【Hong Kong 香港場 2015/04/18】

媒體訪問一大堆,還是只挑最優質的香港電台訪問好了。(內含英語訪問影片,15:38 開始。)訪問內容精華包括 Paul Anderson 怎樣從六個月卧床的背傷悟出如何推動 The Piano Guys 事業發展!English interview by RTHK starting at 15:38.
http://programme.rthk.org.hk/rthk/tv/programme.php?p=2453&e=290466&d=2015-04-22&m=episode

【Korea 韓國場 2015/04/20】

首爾場次的逗趣韓文對話!原來 Steven 十八年前曾經在韓國住過!Steven 用各種韓語開玩笑,他教 Jon 說我是負責彈琴的,結果 Jon 被整了說成我是傻瓜!XD 另外韓國場還有小提琴伴奏… Steven lived in Korea 18 years ago so he is quite familiar with Korean. When he taught Jon how to speak “I play the piano” in Korean, finally turned out “I am a fool”! Naughty Steven! XD

【Japan 日本場 2015/04/22】

為什麼觀眾都不見了才來拍照?Why they always take photos when people are gone?

【Taiwan 台灣場 2015/04/23】

台北場次今年不在小巨蛋,改為台大體育館。可以密切留意雷斯里版大會不會留個記錄,因為台灣場的歌單比香港場更豐富耶。(十萬個羨慕…)下面是他們四人組的完場自拍。Selfie in Taiwan.


Postscript 後記

好啦,這是本場音樂會的鬼畫符速記。My quick notes.

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