The Burn ‘n’ Mahn Experience will be felt in the valley when pianists Brian Burn and Jamie Mahn take on the crowd at the Station Pub in Invermere this Thursday night.
“Many people are expecting to experience two guys going at each other,” said Mahn, “but the duel exists between us and the audience.”
The duo will arrive with no set list. The music selection will depend solely on audience request, and their repertoire has an extremely wide range.
“You really can’t stump these guys,” said their agent Wayne Monson. “They’re constantly rehearsing and picking up new stuff all the time. All the new music that’s out, they pick it up and adapt it to pianos.”
They take on any genre from 1920s to the present and deliver it through a state-of-the-art sound system with a Pink Floyd-like laser light show to add visual effects.
Mahn said that, in addition to their pianos, they also employ a full musical production dynamic, which allows them to cover songs with many elements, like Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Burn ‘n’ Mahn Experience came together in 2012 after both musicians spent decades playing professionally around the world.
“We found we got along well and made for a good partnership. We’ve grown together and built a great show,” Mahn said.
The pair performed about 150 shows last year, which required around 60,000 kilometres of travel.
“We have a pretty serious advantage over all the (duelling piano) shows around because we have a set team,” he said.
In order to perfect their sound, the duo set their musical frequencies at 432 hertz, rather than the standard 440. Mahn compares it to a radio signal with some static, which can become clear with a slight adjustment of the dial.
The show begins at 8 p.m. tomorrow night (Thursday, March 12th). Admission to the show costs $20 and includes a drink.