The Canadian/Brazilian pianist, Luciane Cardassi, recently organized and performed a solo concert for piano, electronics and voice called Le Piano Parlant, which featured works of Brazilian and Canadian composers in the same night, and introduced the audience to a fine balance among these three distinct sound sources.
The concert was performed at The Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity , which provides artists from all over the world with an incredible infrastructure and an almost self-sufficient development of resources and spaces for artists to compose new works.
I was lucky and honoured to have a piece premiered in this concert along with compositional grandfathers on mine, such as Armando Albuquerque . My piece was the only premiere in the program: Douce Dame Jolie had been commissioned for a performance Luciane was organizing for a music competition in New York City for piano and electronics. Her program was not selected, but Luciane decided to use my piece for this concert she was organizing in Banff, solely, for piano, electronics and spoken voice—a true one-woman-show!
A fortunate coincidence ended up happening between my work and the concept of the concert—Le Piano Parlant. Before knowing about my work’s participation in this concert, I composed this piece called Douce Dame Jolie, inspired by a medieval song of same name, written by composer and poet Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). And because of this choice, besides being the only piece in the program having French text (which matches the name of Luciane’s concert), Douce Dame also featured little loudspeakers playing part of the electronics in the piece from inside of the piano, and interacting—to a certain level—with Luciane’s playing (which matches, as well, the idea of a talking piano).
This post is a big thank you for Luciane Cardassi, one of the best pianists of experimental/contemporary music I know. I feel truly honoured to have my piece played by her.
If you would like to know more about Luciane, I invite you to access her page: https://lucianecardassi.com
If you would like to read more and local news about this concert, Le Piano Parlant, visit: http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/Collaborations-from-across-the-Americas-20170427