One month ago, I filmed pianist Eunbi Kim's concert at the Korean Cultural Service in New York City titled "re: last night".
It was the first time I've heard a pianist use not only an acoustic grand piano, but a toy piano, with her left hand on the acoustic piano and her right hand on the toy piano.
Audiences have responded to the toy piano pieces composed by Toby Twining as sounding like "the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland," "two different time zones communicating with one another," and "a music box from my childhood." At first listen, Eunbi thought of an abandoned carnival at night, which was quite fitting for this evocative night-themed concert program.
The toy piano, made by Schoenhut Piano Company, adds an unexpected element with its unusual but familiar timbre and color in contrast to the rest of the program.
"re: last night" was a program of classical and contemporary solo piano works. Inspired by the email subject line "re: last night" on a crowded NYC subway, the program was influenced by dreams and delirium. "re: last night" celebrated these states of "in-between-ness" through a program of left-field music inspired by night and late-night conversations.
Her program included contemporary jazz-influenced works from composers Fred Hersch, William Albright, Nikolai Kapustin, Toby Twining, and the world premiere of a commissioned work for piano and recorded voices by eminent composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), who also served as director for this thought-provoking performance. For more information about Eunbi Kim, please visit her official website at www.eunbikimmusic.com
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