Piano duos are not novel in the music world. From Vladimir Ashkenazy with Andre Previn to Katia and Marielle Lebèque, and Martha Argerich with Daniel Barenboim, concert audiences are well accustomed to seeing two pianos and two players on a stage.Less familiar are duos carrying torn sheets of paper, latex, scarves, a pair of saggy green pantyhose and a collection of toothpaste boxes, who proceed to stuff these objects inside the pianos before starting to play. But that’s part of the live preparation employed by New York-based Kathleen Tagg and Cape Town-based Andre Petersen for their project Where Worlds Collide, released on CD (Dre & Chan Music Concepts and Spotted Kat Music).Petersen credits “a divine orchestration” with bringing the two together. They’d studied at UCT 20 years ago, and kept in touch. Two years ago he was looking for a fresh challenge, and was intrigued by the idea of working with another pianist on music that crossed genre boundaries.“Kathy’s name kept popping up...

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