Monday, March 10, 2014

Piano in the Woods 10

Littlehall Pinetum, Canterbury
9th March 2014

The antepenultimate PITW performance happened on a beautifully warm and sunny afternoon. Sam Bailey again played directly on the strings with various objects and devices (the keys having long since become unusable) interspersed with readings from a very impressive young poet called Sam O'Hana and (often comical, occasionally slightly disturbing) operatic interventions from a singer called Claire (?). Gentle wind in the conifers, prolific birdsong and woodpecker rhythms added nicely to the sonic ambience. An audience of about fifteen semi-encircled the piano, listening intensely, almost meditatively. One of the best things about PITW is the way it gets those of us in the audience to really listen to the total sound environment.

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Next month Sam will be collaborating with Kentish experimental trio Hand of Stabs, and the finale in May will provisionally feature lithophonic percussive genius Toma Gouband!


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