Piano Play: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Saturday, August 20, 2016
London SE1 9PX
As part of the National Theatre's River Festival Rambert Dance Company's Pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam, explores game and play at the piano. Featuring my own '147', a selection of Játékok by György Kurtág and 'Game On' for piano and Commodore 64 by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
The fantastic Yshani Perinpanayagam will perform my work for solo piano and video, ‘147’, for a second time as part of the Rambert Dance Company’s offering to the at the National Theatre’s River Festival in August. Her performance of Piano Play features my piece, a selection of Játékok by György Kurtág and ‘Game On’ for piano and Commodore 64 by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
I’ve finally managed to edit together the video for ‘Separately Together’ from my Rambert mini-residency in September. Here it is!
Earlier this month I had a great time taking part in the final stages of a mini-residency working at Rambert Dance Company.
The residency (thanks Rambert!) allowed me to try out an idea I had for a piece in which two dancers are paired with two pianists who perform on piano and synth. The new idea I wanted to explore was the idea that at the beginning of the piece the only people that can hear the synth playing are one of the dancers and the synth player. This allows the possibility for two clear visual choreographies to exist but the audience are not able to hear what is instigating the movements of one of the dancers. Later in the piece the synth material becomes audible and the listener is (hopefully) able to understand the choreography they have been seeing but not ‘hearing’. Well we tried this and I think the idea worked pretty well. I’m super grateful to choreographer Melanie Ingram, dancers Neus Gil Cortes and Chris Darmanin and musicians Yshani Perinpanayagam and Edward Pick for their patience and talent to bring it about! One of the great things about the project was the opportunity to show the work in an informal setting and receive feedback from an invited audience. This was a valuable process and one I’d be interested in exploring more in a contemporary music setting…
We made a video of the performance and I hope to edit it and upload it to Youtube fairly soon.
I am currently in the midst of a mini-residency with Rambert Dance Company in a collaboration with choreographer Melanie Teall. We are working on a new piece for two dancers and two musicians (piano and synth). The marvellous Edward Pick and Yshani Perinpanayagam are playing keyboards. There will be a ‘showing’ of the new piece in September at Rambert, watch this space for more information.
The fantastic pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam has made a new recording of my piece for solo piano and Blu-Tack preparations, Three Materials. She played the piece at the Workers Union Ensemble Nonclassical gig last year and I’m delighted she’s now recorded it too. Thanks Yshani!
Workers Union @ Nonclassical
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
71 Shacklewell Lane
London E8 2EB
Workers Union play at the Nonclassical Club Night.
Featuring works by Daniel Saleeb, Joe Cutler, Larry Polansky, Ryan Latimer, Laurence Crane, Matthew Shlomowitz and Seán Clancy.
Yshani Perinpanayagam will be guesting on piano and will play my 'Three Materials' for solo piano.