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Halo by Beyoncé, arranged and performed by Brooklyn Duo and Cicely Parnas. Get the sheet music here: http://bit.ly/BrooklynDuo.
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We’ve been so excited to release this one! We recorded it way back in the summer with our friend Cicely and had so much fun working on it. While she was in town, we also recorded a big project for our Brooklyn Classical channel together! We chose nine of our favorite opera arias and arranged them for cello and piano, and recorded live video performances of all of them. (People always say the cello is the instrument that sounds most like the human voice, and we have to agree!) We’ll be releasing all of those videos over the coming weeks on the Brooklyn Classical channel, with the first one coming out today.🙌Click here to watch that video now (https://bit.ly/2NRAOKZ) and make sure to subscribe and click the bell so you're notified whenever a new video goes up. The whole album is available for listening now on Spotify too.
On another note, thank you all so much for your messages of congratulations after our little announcement in the last video! In case you missed it, we’re expecting another baby in the new year. We know it’s gonna be busy with two kids…that’s why we’re training Emmie now to help out by taking over our interview videos. She’s already a pro with the “hi guys!”…just needs to work on her timing a little!
Special thanks to Paul Jacobson from Avatar Productions for his video work!
Marnie Laird, piano
Patrick Laird, cello
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Patrick performs exclusively on Pirastro strings (http://www.pirastro.com).
Remember those walls I built
Well, baby, they're tumbling down
And they didn't even put up a fight
They didn't even make a sound
I found a way to let you win
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now
It's like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you break it
It's the risk that I'm taking
I ain't never gonna shut you out
Everywhere I'm looking now
I'm surrounded by your embrace
Baby, I can see your halo
You know you're my saving grace
You're everything I need and more
It's written all over your face
Baby, I can feel your halo
Pray it won't fade away
I can feel your halo (halo) halo
I can see your halo (halo) halo…
Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You're the only one that I want
Think I'm addicted to your light
I swore I'd never fall again
But this don't even feel like falling
Gravity can't forget
To pull me back to the ground again
Feels like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you break it
The risk that I'm taking
I'm never gonna shut you out
Everywhere I'm looking now (…)
BROOKLYN DUO BIO:
Founded in 2014, Brooklyn Duo has quickly established itself as one of today’s most successful classical crossover ensembles. Through its creative arrangements and live video performances, the piano and cello duo has garnered a huge following, with over 900,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 150 million streams annually on platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio.
In 2014, the couple arranged and recorded two pop covers and released them on YouTube. Shakira noticed the duo’s cover and promoted it to her 130 million-plus fan base, saying: “We're loving Brooklyn Duo's piano/cello cover of Empire! Great work guys." The boost that resulted from that exposure and the positive response they were getting on YouTube encouraged the couple to continue creating videos. (Other notable shout-outs since then include ones from Taylor Swift, a-ha and Pearl Jam.)
Today, Marnie and Patrick have released over 100 videos on their Brooklyn Duo YouTube channel and 9 albums of covers, spanning artists from The Beatles to Metallica to Ariana Grande. In 2016, the couple started a second YouTube channel, Brooklyn Classical, with the goal of introducing classical music to a larger audience through high quality, live performances. Brooklyn Classical often hosts high-profile guest artists, including the world-renowned Dover and Escher string quartets, percussionist Ivan Trevino and cellist Cicely Parnas.
Popular classical music stations Classic FM and WQXR regularly share Brooklyn Duo’s music on their social media pages, with Classic FM calling the duo “masters of the artfully planned pop cover.” Their music has also been featured on several television shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and America's Got Talent.