“An intensely watchable show” The WIRE
Curated by leading contemporary pianist, Sarah Nicolls, Sonatas, Pianos, Machines and Interludes is a night of machine-like pianos and piano-like machines, building on the legacy of extended technique and Cage’s experiments into prepared piano. Each idiosyncratic instrument, encompassing the hybrid, the automated and the inside out, has been lovingly developed by its creator/performer, all of whom bring their invention to life in an evening of music on a spectrum from the lyrical to the mechanical.
Featuring German improviser and composer Andrea Neumann, working between electronic and handmade sounds, technical wunderkind Felix’s Machines, interdisciplinary artist Kathy Hinde, showing Piano Migrations installation, Sarah Nicolls and the dazzlingly beautiful Piano Baschet-Malbos played by its creator Pierre Malbos.
Sonatas, Pianos, Machines and Interludes premiered at Kings Place, London in 2009, followed by performances at The Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool in 2009 and SESC Pompeia Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2010.