This CD tests an omnivorous set of pianists and composers for the piano, from fakes to mystics with biographies, extraordinary environments, fables and reconstituted sounds.
Here you will find sad stories of Ravel’s brain, the concentration camp Terezin, two mad pianists, a very eccentric pianist, Glenn Gould, and a very eccentric composer for the piano, Eric Satie. The musical mashups account for the physicality of this percussive instrument, as well as its magical grace and mystery, its poetry and its prose.
Before I compose a piece, I walk round it several times, accompanied by myself.
From imagination to data processing, from the arts to the particulars of information technology and physiology - that is the historic shift of 1900.
Painting long ago discovered perspective... Yet music has not succeeded in going beyond two dimensions.
Count Giacinto Scelsi
The audience were mostly old people - very ill people and unhappy people - but they came to our concerts and this was their food.
There's a lot of piano playing going on there and I mean that as the most disparaging comment possible.
The man has since written music, which has been verified as genuine. It is extraordinary. The first time we took him down to the piano he played for several hours, non-stop.
As I played ants came out and journeyed in concentric circles on the front panel of the 1920s Jackson Piano.
released August 1, 2014
Poems written and read by John Bennett.
Sound recording and manipulation by John Laidler.