Herbie Hancock and Chinese pianist Lang Lang are planning to join forces for 2009 summer tour of the United States and Europe, Lang Lang tells Billboard.biz.

Details are still being worked out, but the pair intends to visit at least 10 markets in the United States, according to the 26-year old pianist. The trek would likely visit outdoor venue settings and concert halls. Although nothing is confirmed, the pair has already been approached to do a concert at the O2 Arena in London, Lang Lang says.

Next summer's concerts would likely see Hancock and Lang Lang playing piano together alongside an orchestra, Lang Lang notes, adding that improvisation will also be a part of the shows.

Hancock and Lang Lang collaborated earlier this year during a live performance at the 50th annual Grammy Awards Los Angeles. Hancock went on to win album of the year for "River: The Joni Letters," marking the first time an African-American jazz artist won the award. The set has sold 257,000 copes in the United States, according the Nielsen SoundScan.

"It was unbelievable," Lang Lang says of the Grammy Awards performance. "Herbie is amazing and the collaboration was unbelievable."

In related news, the Chinese pianist will launch the Lang Lang International Music Foundation on Oct. 20 during a free concert at The Town Hall in New York. The organization will aim to raise awareness for educational programs in schools and award young classical musicians with scholarships.

As part of the event, which is hosted by the Recording Academy and sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Lang Lang will be named the Academy's Grammy cultural ambassador to China.

"I'm honored to be the person to be the ambassador for the Grammys to China," Lang Lang says.