Postponed: Look + Listen Festival: Piano Pioneers

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Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

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For Look + Listen’s first-ever collaboration with Pioneer Works, the 2020 Festival will open with three radical looks at the piano.

Three trailblazing pianists will offer their unique perspectives on the possibilities offered by this most traditional of classical instruments. Vicky Chow, pianist for Bang on a Can All-Stars, expands the sonic landscape with works by Evans and Basanta which involve preparing the piano and incorporating transducers. 2019 recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists Adam Tendler brings voice and physicality to the instrument with a performance of the rarely-heard solo piano version of Rzewskii’s Coming Together and Kagel’s Metronome.

Finally, Kathleen Supové, known for her multimedia solo recital series The Exploding Piano, will perform the world premiere of 2020 Look + Listen Commissioned arrangement of Nicole Lizee’s Tarantino Etudes for piano, electronics, and video.

All three pianists will then come together to jointly improvise with the Turntable Drawings installation. Turntable Drawings is a San Francisco-based collaboration between visual artist Jon Fischer and composer Danny Clay centered around a growing collection of hand molded, playable records. For this year's Look and Listen festival, the pair are presenting a series of pre-show interventions that invoke the Jewish concept of haMakom ("the place") using live musicians, physical imprints, and video. Built around a series of temporary installations, these ambient performances use loops as the raw material to explore the connections between replication, music, and beauty. 

Piano Pioneers will be hosted by Phyllis Chen, Look + Listen board member and former Artistic Director and noted pianist and composer.

This event is free with RSVP. Please consider adding a donation of $10.

About the Look + Listen Festival

Called “a winning formula” by The New York Times, the Look + Listen Festival features music and art created and performed by the finest established and emerging artists. Look + Listen was founded in 2002 by David Gordon, who was inspired by a concert of music by Joan Tower at the DIA Center. Since then, the Festival has presented such extraordinary musicians such as the Bang on a Can All Stars, eighth blackbird, JACK Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Phyllis Chen, Claire Chase, So Percussion, Meredith Monk, the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, and Angélica Negrón. Look + Listen takes place at partner venues throughout the city, which in recent years have included BRIC House, Chelsea Art Museum, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Robert Miller Gallery, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Invisible Dog Art Center. Each Festival features an Ambient Experience, a signature Look + Listen element that creates an atmosphere conducive to dialogue and helps draw audience members into connection with the artists and works presented. The Look + Listen Composers Collective provides programming guidance, creates ambient music for Festival concerts, and adjudicates the annual Call for Collaboration.

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