Dave Maric piano/electronics
Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Louis Andriessen Workers Union 20’
Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas 5’
Dave Maric Vigil (premiere) 30’
Alongside Reich’s impressive Nagoya Marimbas and Louis Andriessen’s work ‘for any loud sounding group of instruments’, composer Dave Maric acts as soloist in his new concerto for upright piano and electronics. Tapping into the essence of the upright he grew up with, Vigil sees the piano as both instrument and storyteller – from Maric’s father’s arrival in the UK as a political refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, to Dave’s teenage experiments with electronics and beyond.
Keyboard Inventions – with its nod towards J.S. Bach’s works of the same name – celebrates Satie’s legacy as the trailblazer, the architect of change in the way the piano has been played and written for since his own lifetime. Whether it’s the minimalist piano, the ‘prepared’ piano, the piano’s role in multimedia explorations or the wider bounds of ‘conceptual art’, Satie was there at the beginning.
This Cheltenham focus not only showcases the widest possible range of Satie’s own output; his multimedia influence is brought right up to date with avatars, synths, animation, wearable tech, new scores for old films and an inside-out pendulum piano.
Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.
The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.
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