An artist of electrifying vision and intellect, pianist Jenny Q Chai is known for her expressive technique and for the beauty of her programming, which explores the intersections of music with artificial intelligence, history, visual art, and technology.
Her 2017-18 season is packed with exciting performances, debuts, and residencies across the globe.
First up are two performances this week at the Shanghai Conservatory New Art Festival where Jenny will be performing a program which includes Jarek Kapuscinski’s new multi-media piece, Side Effects at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Arena. These performances follow a faculty concert at the FaceArt Institute of Music, the Shanghai-based music education organization which Jenny herself founded.
We’re most looking forward to her Wigmore Hall debut in June 2018, where she will be performing her masterful Sonorous Brushes program. Jenny spent four months working at the Cité des Arts in Paris to develop and refine this program of French piano works in conjunction with her own artwork. Jenny is one of a small set of people who experience synesthesia — “seeing” sound as color. She’s painted a group of images to go along with each piano work to represent what she visually sees when she hears this music. Watch her play Debussy’s Étude Pour les huit doigts.
Jenny has just released a new CD on the theme of synesthesia called (S)yn(e)sth(e)te. Released this fall on MSR Classics, the recording is also offered as a live concert program with works by Scott Wollschleger, Andy Akiho, Debussy, Ligeti, Kurtág, and Messiaen. Watch the video preview of Andy Akiho’s work, Crimson.
Working with intermedia composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski on a program called Intimate Streams, Jenny uses the piano, in collaboration with the Artificial Intelligence program Antescofo, to control multimedia content. The Artificial Intelligence program makes for a dynamic and sympathetic performance partner, and allows Jenny a chance to project both electronic sounds and visuals in conjunction with the piano. She will be performing one of Kapuscinski’s works at Stanford University on November 2. Watch clips of Jenny playing his works Juicy and Oli’s Dream.
Following the Stanford performance, Jenny will lead a master class and perform a concert at New Music @ Lawrence on November 8. This winter, Jenny will lead a student engagement concert and perform her Acqa Alta (High Water) program about climate change at Husson University with opening remarks by NASA jet propulsion scientist Dr. Ian Fenty.
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Learn more about Jenny Q Chai’s 18/19 program offerings, including:
with works by Schumann, Satie, Debussy, Schoenberg, Webern, Akiho, Ives, Cage, Sussman, and others
with works by Scott Wollschleger, Andy Akiho, Debussy, Ligeti, Kurtág, and MessiaenWomen, Queens, and Empresses of the Orient
with works by Jarosław Kapuściński, Jianzhong Wang, Cage, Victoria Jordanova, Chen Yi, Debussy, and Szymanowski
The Love We Are
Marco Stroppa, Kurtág, Matthew Aucoin, Cage, Ives, Ligeti, and Jarosław Kapuściński
Piano Steampunk 2.2
Debussy, Marco Stroppa, Cole Ingraham, Cage, Rzewski, Victoria Jordanova, Cindy Cox, Jarosław Kapuściński, Richard Sussman, and Louis-Claude Daquin
Acqua Alta (High Water)
piano, multimedia, and climate change data
an all-Kapuscinski program using Antescofo Artificial Intelligence score technology
Jenny Q Chai and Adam Kośmieja
two-piano concerti and recital offerings
piano, voice, and paintings in motion
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