Piano duo Anderson and Roe call themselves old millennials. They remember life both with and without the technology that has transformed society: The internet. Smartphones. An appreciation for the digital age and the times before it manifest in the ways they connect with their audiences.
In their live performances they speak to people on a visceral level yet they also harness technology to depict their music to the world. For example, they produce slick music videos. There’s a video of them playing a piano covered in flames to Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”
Now fast forward a musical century and you’ll see them in a skating rink playing a rendition of Daft Punk’s “Lose Yourself to Dance.” And a few decades before that, how about Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Ahead of their Grand Teton Music Festival performance tonight at Walk Festival Hall, we brought Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe into the studio. We began by discussing the physicality of their performances, the ways in which they weave their hands and position their bodies to communicate deeper layers of their music.