Thursday, January 7, 2010

Reinventing The Recital: Andsnes & Rohde attempt cutting-edge Music/Image synthesis at Lincoln Center

If you've ever been to a church service, you've been to a mult-media artistic experience. Text(s), song(s), built environment, and performance are the basic building blocks of virtually every church service. And more than ever, video is not an uncommon aspect of worship.

But the search for a seamless amalgamation of art forms resulting in a culmination which is greater than the sum of its parts is not only confined to pastors and church-administrators, it's obviously part of the larger arts-landscape as well.

And so, with this pretext/context in mind, we invite you to take a look at this review of a fascinating artistic experiment: A collaboration between one of the most acclaimed pianists of our day, Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes, and South African-born video artist Robin Rohde. Pictures Reframed is the result of their collaboration, and it premiered this past November in the newly reopened, magisterially redesigned, Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center.

Excerpt Below // Full Article Here

The remarkable Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is a self-effacing, substantive and completely unflashy artist. You would not peg him as someone curious to explore multimedia and reinvent the piano recital.

Yet several years ago Mr. Andsnes approached Jane Moss, the vice president for programming at Lincoln Center, to propose collaborating with a visual artist on a performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Ms. Moss embraced the idea as being ideal for New Visions, part of the Great Performers series. After some searching, she introduced Mr. Andsnes to the South African-born video artist Robin Rhode.

The product of that collaboration, “Pictures Reframed,” an intriguing multimedia piano recital 80 minutes long without intermission, was presented at Alice Tully Hall on Friday night. It was the first of two performances, and the place was packed.

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