An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai has begun the season with a new album and a global slate of concerts.

Last month, Chai completed a residency in Paris at the Centre Pompidou’s IRCAM with composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinki, where they collaborated on a music/visual art/artificial intelligence program, Antescofo, designed by Marco Stroppa. (Watch a video of Chai in action with Antescofo here.)

Then she headed to New York to celebrate the release of a new digital album from Naxos, Life Sketches: Piano Music of Nils Vigeland with a special performance at Spectrum.

This month Chai continues her global tour, appearing at the Festival Leo Brouwer in Cuba, performing her “Piano Steampunk” at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music & Audio Technologies and the San Francisco Center for New Music, and performing at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium.

Next up, she brings Kapuscinki’s “Juicy” — the very piece they collaborated on at IRCAM —  to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Also on the horizon are performances of her environmentally-themed recital program, Acqua Alta (High Water), in which she pairs works by Scarlatti, Orlando Gibbons, Marco Stroppa, Ravel, Liszt, John Cage, and others with video art examining the effects of climate change on the Earth’s oceans.


Preview Acqua Alta video art with her performance of Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata here.

Catch up with Chai’s travels on her Facebook page, where you can see photos from Havana, Paris, and elsewhere.

Watch Chai in action, in this brand new video portrait.

Read more Acqua Alta, Jenny Q Chai, News news.

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by Emily Motherwell

Comments are closed.

« »