Chris & Shimi present Ti Amo, Tiano!
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Individually, Chris & Shimi are consummate musicians, but when they join forces, their synergy on stage creates a unique, arresting and often magical atmosphere which cannot help but charm the audience. Their programme is eclectic, ranging from Mario Lanza to the Pet Shop Boys, Albinoni to ABBA, each song carefully chosen and presented with passion and flair. They impress the audience with their clever and interesting medleys of well known songs performed in perfect harmony and stunningly arranged by Chris on piano, gliding effortlessly between different styles. The audience is utterly entranced as they interweave the ever popular Clair de Lune with classic song Moon River and is often moved to tears at the emotion displayed on stage.
Chris is a multi-award winning composer and lyricist. He also writes songs with Shimi, two of which were featured on TV last year. Everything Tiano does exudes class and panache but remains eminently fun and hugely entertaining.
“He’s a looker, a hoofer and BOY can he sing” (Whatsonstage). Shimi’s West End debut was as Akaash in the musical Bombay Dreams. He played Mary Sunshine in the musical Chicago alongside Brooke Shields and Christie Brinkley, was a featured singer in the original cast of the West End show Dirty Dancing and played the role of Che in Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita. He created the lead part of Samuel in the world premiere of Salt & Honey in Jerusalem. He also created the role of the Drag Queen in Sir Tim Rice’s production of From Here to Eternity which was screened in cinemas worldwide. Shimi appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ragtime at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and sang in front of the Spanish King Felipe VI in the Teatro Real Opera House, Madrid.
Chris started playing the piano at the age of four. He has performed in cabaret internationally from the House of Commons to Bangkok and has been described by New York critics as “the real deal” and “a total showman”. In the UK, The Daily Telegraph hailed him as “an ace pianist”. New York cabaret legend Steve Ross called him “a wizard on the keys” and Twiggy commented after one of his shows: “I haven’t heard the piano played like that in years”. In 2017 he appeared in A Spoonful of Sherman where he was regularly singled out by critics: “Star of the show is Chris Hamilton with his sparkling, pitch perfect accompaniment and occasional show stealers”. Also in 2017 he won the prestigious Silversea Guest Entertainer of the Year Award. The British Theatre Guide stated that “Hamilton is clearly a very gifted composer”.
Together Chris & Shimi performed at a gala tribute to former Israeli president Shimon Peres at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane. They headlined a cabaret burlesque night at the Savoy Hotel and topped the bill at London’s Hippodrome. They perform regularly as headliners on luxury cruise ships and have been developing a successful online presence including producing the popular parody song “Viable” sung by West End star Dianne Pilkington.
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