Piano Room is a piano recital with a difference.
The audience and pianist are immersed in a multi-speaker soundscape of augmented piano, real-world sounds, pre-recorded love-story that dramaticises the relationship between human, urban, and nature as a seduction, argument, battle, and conversation.
This truly interdisciplinary work is created by acclaimed playwright Merlynn Tong, award-winning concert pianist Roger Cui, and composer/sound artist/artistic director Corrina Bonshek.
Piano Room will be a 50minute work for a small audience of 30-50 people seated in a semi-circle around the pianist.
It suits presentation in black box, galleries and halls with a flat floor or retractable seating, minimal lighting (it’s devised for dark space). Sound tech includes four speaker PA with subwoofers for visceral / tactile experience.
Writer, voice actor, co-creator: Merlynn Tong
Pianist: Roger Cui
Concept, composer, sound-art, collaborative direction: Dr Corrina Bonshek.
Stage 1 development at HOTA – Home of the Arts 2022 with support from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland, and TonePacer.
Stage 2 development in February-September 2023 with support from Redland Performing Arts Centre and TonePacer.