January 13, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - January 14, 2021 @ 10:30 pm
The Non-Piano/Toy Piano Weekend takes a time-traveling leap back to the beginnings of Humankind and explores its wonders, namely how our species developed from being able to do only the most basic functions in an untouched world to accomplishing step by step the feats that set them apart from all other species.
With our first evening starting at an unspecified time approximately 300,000 years ago with the first appearance of the human species, our second evening jumps to focus on Queen Elisabeth I. and her reign – this fascinating woman being a symbol of the Homosapien drive for aspects such as power, war, the building of empires, intellect, religion, intrigue, culture, excess and fashion.
Some of the festival highlights are the spectacular scenic ‘ Evening Harmony’ by Frédéric Verriéres for midi-piano, extended techniques, and electronics which with a team of 4 pianists experiences the beauty of a richly laden evening based upon Debussy’s ‘Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir’ . We are happy to present three new works inspired by Queen Elizabeth I. including the project of French/American puppeteer, musician and costume designer Lucie Cunningham and her giant costume ‘stage’ of Queen Elizabeth I.