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.
Dawn of Humanity
I. The Beginning
Peter Köszeghy La grotte de Lascaux (2011) for voice, Non-Piano Ensemble and sounds
Jacob Sello drum circle (2019) for cauldron and electronics
Steven Tanoto Kalempong (2017) for kalimba trio
Tam Pham Dark Alleys (2019) for performer and electronics
Mats O Hansson Fuoco (WP) for toy piano and electronics
Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood (1973) for 5 performers
Fabian Svensson Grunt Work (WP) for Piano, toy piano & voice (1 performer)
Frédéric Verriéres Evening Harmony (like Debussy has never heard it) (2017, rev. 2021) for midi-piano, 1 pianist, 3 assistants and electronics
Queen Elizabeth I.
Annesley Black Songs of Syphilis (2019) for toy piano and voice
Lucie Cunningham/Steven Tanoto As She Likes It, the first four ages (WP) for puppet theater
Linda Marcel Her Judgements (WP) for toy piano
Benjamin Scheuer moè (2019) for high soprano and otamatone
IV. Queen Elizabeth I.
Manuel Rodriguez Valenzuela Toccata á l’Acte (2015) for piano and samples
Sascha Lino Lemke Toilette Royale (WP) for soprano, midi-toy-cemablist and three court musicians
Lucie Cunningham · puppeteer
Bernhard Fograscher, Hector Docx, Jennifer Hymer, Daria Karmina-Iossifova, Steven Tanoto · piano, toy piano, toy instruments
Lin Chen · percussion
Ewelina Nowicka · violin
Marcia Lemke-Kern · voice
Jacob Sello, Sascha Lino Lemke · electronics
Maike Schuster · director
With works by
Annesley Black, Peter Köszeghy, Sascha Lino Lemke, Linda Marcel, Mats O Hansson, Tam Pham, Steve Reich, Manuel Rodriguez Valenzuela, Benjamin Scheuer, Jacob Sello, Fabian Svensson, Steven Tanoto, Frédéric Verriéres