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By David Frazier  /  Contributing reporter

UNCONVENTIONAL PIANISTS

Tomorrow kicks off the inaugural P Festival, a new event for piano music that pushes various boundaries, though not necessarily into experimental abstraction. The event will consist of four concerts from Oct 4 to 19 by a group of international and highly unconventional keyboard talents, including Nils Frahm (interviewed on page 12 of yesterday’s Taipei Times), Hauschka, Rachel Grimes, Lu Yi-chih and Cicada. Basically, if you have more than one Philipp Glass album, this is for you.

“This music festival is not meant to be like Formoz or Megaport,” explains organizer KK Yeh (葉宛青), noting the event will be nothing like Taiwan’s big multi-stage rock fests. “Actually, I’m hoping that through a series of single performances to create something like a small film festival or arts festival. So the performances appear to have a sense of fun and novelty, and that is really the main point.”

Rachel Grimes has composed music for numerous films and videos, including a recent NBA television ad featuring LeBron James and Kevin Garnett. Her other film credits include music for the Oscar-winning film La Grande Bellazza and the documentary Gasland. She also has recently performed live accompaniment to the classic black and white film, The Cabinent of Dr. Calligary. Grimes performs with local talent Cicada on Thu, Oct 9 at the Songshan Eslite Performance Hall (松菸誠品表演廳).

Hauschka, a 48-year-old native of Dusseldorf, Germany who also goes by his given name Volker Bertelmann, has also made extensive contributions to film. He is known for pulling the lid off the grand piano and inserting various objects to create new sounds. Though he had classical training from an early age, he spun off to make hip hop and drum ‘n bass music, and has more recently returned to perform highly rhythmic and punchy piano recitals. Hauschka performs Oct 17 and 19 at the Songshan Eslite Performance Hall (松菸誠品表演廳).

For more info, go to: www.pfestival.tw.

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