Remember those beaded curtains from the 70′s? Miami based artist Augusto Esquivel has used a similar concept to create life sized musical instruments- but walking through these would be a sin. The installations were created by stringing colored sewing buttons on to dangling fishing wire from an overhead support. Esquivel meticulously placed each button so that your eyes will fill in the spaces to see each object. Jean-Luc Samuel Gallic calls it three dimensional pointillism. At his most recent exhibit, Esquivel showcased an upright piano, cello, harp, and phonograph fashioned in this method.
For fans of wildly evocative music, it doesn’t get much better than the combined talents of Hillary Hahn and Hauschka. The duo, a beautifully skillful American violinist and German master of the prepared piano respectively, have teamed up on their latest album Silfra to produce some highly moving and experimental pieces. The music video to their latest song Bounce Bounce, is just as beautiful as the music. [Read more...]
Ready for some inspiration? So often now, with the world full of young people on the internet, we miss the voices of those who have more life experience under their belt. Alice Herz Sommer is certainly one of these individuals, having lived a long 108 years, surviving the horrors of the holocaust where she lost much of her family, and yet still carries a smile on her face wherever she goes and even continues to play the piano 3 hours a day. What makes this outstanding woman keep such a happy and positive outlook on life? Here she enlightens self-improvement guru Anthony Robbins in an endearing interview sure to motivate and inspire you. [Read more...]
Last week we did a feature titled Re-Imagining the Piano in which we captured many of the unusual ways the instrument can be played. One of the included videos featured the dynamic musical experimentation of the German artist Hauschka playing his pingpong-ball-filled piano. Well, just two days ago, he released a new music video for his song “Children,” off his new album “Foreign Landscapes.”
The new music video, titled “The Key,” was filmed in Luxembourg and features a young dedicated woman steadfastly rolling a piano through a Victorian landscape and includes a cameo by Hauschka himself.
A fixture of both classical and modern music, the piano has been around since the early 1700s, and its predecessors, the harpsicord and clavichord, for much longer. Originally invented because it was able to produce more varied tones and volumes than what came before, it revolutionized music. However, it was only recently that the way a piano could be played was re-imagined, giving it far more tones… and in some cases, bringing into question whether it is even still a piano. [Read more...]
Now updated for the 18th century! From a short time ago on a piano not so far away, we bring you the improvisational stylings of Richard Grayson playing Darth Vader’s theme in the style of Beethoven. The video was filmed in 2009 at Crossroads School, where Grayson teaches.