Grabowsky can seem to create a pastiche of an idiom out of which a deep truth will grow in the improvising.
[Lam’s] melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence were compelling. She played with a firm purpose, attention to
nuance and produced a spectrum of ravishing colour.
In 1741 J.S. Bach sketched a simple, almost transparent, aria that he then spun into 30 miraculous variations. In this national tour for Musica Viva Australia, Andrea Lam and Paul Grabowsky present their very different solo takes on the resultant work, the Goldberg Variations.
Pianist Andrea Lam – who first performed with an orchestra at the age of thirteen, studied music at Yale, and whose praises have been sung by countless critics – will play Bach’s notes on the instrument where she earned her fame.
Legendary Australian musician Paul Grabowsky then has his turn, creating his own extraordinary, jazz-inflected response to Bach’s eternally beautiful theme.
ANDREA LAM Piano
PAUL GRABOWSKY AO Piano
BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741)
GRABOWSKY Improvisations on the Aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations
80 minutes plus interval
Single tickets on sale: Tuesday 11 January 2022, 10am AEDT