John Cage Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
Duncan MacLeod Cut, Strike, Throw, Grip & By the light of the moon
Helen Papaioannou Glow Sticks
Nina C. Young Tête-à-Tête
This concert spotlights the serious musical potential of the whimsical toy piano. It features University of Nottingham pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett performing new works for toy piano duet with Netherlands-based pianist Pascal Meyer. Their performances were recorded remotely during lockdown.
The concert includes world premieres of compositions by University of Nottingham Duncan MacLeod and Sheffield-based composer Helen Papaioannou.
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Pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett is an innovative performer and educator. Described as “a powerhouse of contemporary keyboard repertoire” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts Review), “ravishing” (Pizzicato) and “remarkably sensuous” (New Zealand Herald) in the international press, she has earned a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire alongside masterpieces from the past. Dr Pestova Bennett’s commitment and dedication to promoting music by living composers led her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in contemporary music. She is also co-director of NottFAR.
Pascal Meyer is a versatile pianist with a strong commitment to unconventional repertoire. He is a member of the Luxembourg contemporary music ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin and has appeared at numerous festivals such as Holland Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Manifeste, Musica, Rainy Days, Archipel, Ars Musica, Voix Nouvelles, Musikhost, and Ciclo de conciertos de música contemporánea. Recordings with pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett include Karlheinz Stockhausen's MANTRA and the complete works for two keyboards by John Cage on NAXOS.
University of Nottingham Assistant Professor Xenia Pestova Bennett joins her duo partner Netherlands-based pianist Pascal Meyer to discuss the toy piano.
Sunday 29 NovemberOnline Event
1pm | This concert features Birmingham-based composers’ innovative approaches to the piano.
2pm | This concert features rarescale, internationally acclaimed performers who specialise in the lowest, largest variants of their instruments.
9pm | This late-night concert spotlights performances from the NottNOISE series which showcases adventurous new music and noise creators from the Midlands.
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