Lifelong friends and musical maestros, Nico Rhodes and Patrick Courtin, are on an exhilarating mission to restore the piano’s status in their electrifying show, Piano Heist.
Appalled by the notion that the piano “just isn’t cool anymore”, the duo set off on a divine quest to reclaim its title as the greatest instrument of ALL TIME!
Armed with the music of the greatest composers, songwriters and performers of the past 400 years, and the technology of the 21st century – their virtual orchestra (Bob), Nico and Patrick deliver everything from classical piano raptures to bombastic boogie-woogie, from romantic piano ballads to 80’s keyboard synth battles in their show, Piano Heist! What ensues is a mishmash of theatrical wonder, comedy, audience participation, heartfelt stories, a pinch of history, and a world of musical madness.
“These two are very talented musicians and their improv skills on the various keyboards were very impressive! Those skills, combined with their sense of humour, gave us a terrific fun filled show!” – Audience Review
Prepare to be carried away on an unforgettable musical adventure celebrating all things piano!
Nico Rhodes is a genre jumping, multilingual musician who collaborates with other artists and artforms to experience and explore music in as many styles as possible. Growing up touring around the globe surrounded by artists and the world of theatre – he is equally comfortable playing jazz, classical, funk or roots music, orchestrating a symphony, writing musicals, and conducting choirs. He begins his day with an espresso and practicing his Japanese, the language he is currently embracing.
Nico is one of the most in demand young arranger/musical directors in Canada, with 40 stage musicals to his credit. He’s written 400 original compositions, four original musicals and arranged two symphonic pops concerts. He composes for stage, screen, and media, collaborates with multiple choirs, plays with several jazz trios and tours in a duo with his mother, renowned chanteuse Joelle Rabu.
Patrick Courtin is a multi-instrumentalist, accompanist, arranger/composer, music director, transcriber and music teacher working on multiple projects and genres that include jazz, classical, musical theatre, funk, rock, folk. He has toured extensively in North America and Asia and currently resides in Parksville, BC. Patrick and Nico have been performing together for over 20 years.
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Watch the Piano Heist Trailer!