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Panoptic Piano

Jenny Q Chai presents piano, voice, and paintings in motion

Pianist/performer Jenny Q Chai plays, sings, and speaks in this tour-de-force performance, with music specially paired with the projected video paintings of artist Relja Penezic.

Project Description

Jenny Q Chai’s “Panoptic Piano” project radiates piano performance into all dimensions, and illuminates a new view of piano as an evolving instrument, growing outward into other modes of expression such as electronics, visual art, and literature.

It also requires extended techniques of the performer, such as singing, speaking, playing the piano body externally by striking and gliding across it, and more. Many pieces in this program will be paired with digital moving paintings by artist Relja Penezic. This project fully explores the extra-dimensional character of the piano, giving character and voice to its interactions with other modes of culture, while treating its audiences to a deep and resonant experience of sensory richness as curated by the peerless Jenny Q Chai.

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The program for this performance can include:

Helmut Lachenmann, Guero

Gyorgy Kurtág, Flowers We are…1/a
       Flowers We are…1/b
       …flowers also the stars…
       Quiet Talk with the Devil
       Les Adieux (in Janáceks Manier)
       La fille aux cheveux de lin – enragée

Claude Debussy, La fille aux cheveux de lin

John Cage, The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs/ Nowth Upon Nacht (with text from James Joyce’s novel Finnegan’s Wake)

Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Intimate Rejection

Nils Vigeland, Santa Fina from Allora e Ora (based on the life story of Saint Fina, 1238-1253)

Frederic Rzewski, Kreutzer Sonata (with text from Tolstoy’s novel The Kreutzer Sonata)

Victoria Jordanova, Prayer (piano and voice with ghost box, poem by Victoria Jordanova, inspired by Bernini’s sculpture “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa”)

Marco Stroppa, Ninnananna (a lullaby) from Miniature Estrose
       Innige Cavatina from Miniature Estrose
       (inspired by Beethoven’s Cavatina from String Quartet Op. 130)
       (the form of the entire cycle Miniature Estrose is influenced by
       Italo Calvino’s novel If on a winter’s night a traveler)

Jean-Olivier Begin, Scatura Nera (piano and electronic sounds, with piano lid lifted to 80 degrees and covered, and visual effects projected inside)

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    John Cage, The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

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    Victoria Jordanova, Prayer

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    Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Intimate Rejection

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    Marco Stroppa, Innige Cavatina

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    Nils Vigeland, Allora e ora

    Santa Fina

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    • Mastering the Art of Creative Programming

      “In recent years the piano recital format has become more flexible...Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with [Pierre-Laurent] Aimard, is following the more eclectic path..." --The New York Times