Unlimited ‘Pencil Piano’ – Leeds College of Music 12th February 2020

Ailis will present a talk & performance about the pencil piano; an Unlimited supported research & development project she has worked on since Spring 2019.

Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD

Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 2pm [c. 45 mins]

Her work has been inspired by the Japanese ‘outsider’ artist Koji Nishioka’s visual art ‘scores’ which come out of his intense passion for Western classical music.

“He has created over 200 of these drawings, which are highly regarded in his native Japan and internationally.
Nishioka will copy directly from an existing music score, meaning all of his works are related to actual pieces of music; although they may not be easily read by a piano player. He avoids distraction when creating by not listening to music, but he will hum songs as he draws. It seems there is always music in his head.” [from Outsidein.org.uk]

Ailís will share her musical responses to Nishioka’s work and focus on how she has approached interpreting these remarkably detailed images in addition to demonstrating her approach to ‘altered piano’ performance.

Free. Open to all.

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