Christina McMaster piano
Scarlatti Sonata in D minor K 18 3’
Satie Gymnopédie No 1; Cinéma entr’acte; Sports et divertissements; Véritables Préludes Flasques (pour un chien) 25’
Debussy Études: Pour les huit doigts, Pour les Octaves 5’
Cage In a Landscape; A Flower 12’
Satie Gnossienne No 4 (set to Maya Deren’s film At Land) 12’
Satie A tale of three crustaceans: Holothurian, Edriophthalma, Podophthalma (narration and animations by Jamie Reid) 4’
Freya Waley-Cohen Southern Leaves (film by Richard Bullen) 4’
Stravinsky Five Easy Pieces 6’
Richard Bullen Theatre of Resonance 9’
Erik Satie’s pioneering compositions and interest in visual arts had a huge impact on modern music. In a programme that captures his innovative spirit, adventurous pianist Christina McMaster blends art forms and presents a selection of music celebrating Satie’s eccentricity, surrealism and wit with actors, film, animation and guest student pianists.
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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