Piano As Machine
Timbre and Technology of a Most Familiar Instrument
Thursday, March 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: free - RSVP required
An artist talk featuring composer Patrick Higgins and pianist Conrad Tao in which the surprising history of the keyboard will be examined from a contemporary and creative perspective — Tao and Higgins will engage their own theories of the piano as a timbral and gestural mechanism against the historical literature for the instrument and within the context of creating new innovative works for one our most overtly established “classical” machines.
This talk will be presented in anticipation of the upcoming premiere of Higgins’ work “Toccata and Fugue” written especially for Tao and developed in close conversation between the two artists.
Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series
March 19 - April 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street, New York City
In Visible Roads is a pan-stylistic festival and musical cartography with the piano at guiding compass. Involving 20 pianists, 28 living composers, and 9 instrumental collaborators, Metropolis Ensemble and the Blueprints Piano Series (co-led by pianists Erika Dohi and Daniel Anastasio) together bring seemingly disparate jazz artists and improvisers, classical and contemporary specialists, revealing hidden paths and meeting places to illustrate new musical landscapes.
Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.
Described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the "prime movers of the local avant-garde", and an "exacting avant-classical guitarist" by TimeOut NY, Patrick Higgins is a New York based composer/performer of experimental music. Higgins has composed works for some of the nation's leading ensembles, ranging from chamber orchestra works, percussion cycles, and string quartets to smaller ensembles and soloists. He has scored works for television, museum exhibitions, and films both short-form and feature-length. Higgins plays guitar and composes in ZS, hailed by the New York Times as "one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York."
Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by Time Out New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation.