Synaesthesia Playground

Synaesthesia Playground is a classical concert experience for the 21st century masses. Young Steinway Artist Jocelyn Ho brings together a world-class team of musicians, computer scientists, visual artists, and fashion designers to create an immersive and interactive concert experience. Featuring…

Synaesthesia Playground

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Synaesthesia Playground is a classical concert experience for the 21st century masses. Young Steinway Artist Jocelyn Ho brings together a world-class team of musicians, computer scientists, visual artists, and fashion designers to create an immersive and interactive concert experience. Featuring six newly commissioned multimedia works for piano, the visual effects of Synaesthesia Playground is nothing less than spectacular. Multimedia artist Takafumi Ide and Celeste Oram create video projections onto the body of the piano, reimagining the piano as a living organism with a “skin.” Visual artist Nobuho Nagasawa and HUL ARNOLD create a performance attire made of optical fibres and spacer mesh fabric that pulsate and change color to the performer’s heartbeat, breathing, perspiration, and movements. The pianist’s interiority vs. the piano’s exteriority—this dichotomy will change audience perception of the very nature of music making.

The collaborators for Synaesthesia Playground hail from the world’s most renowned institutions, including:

Jocelyn Ho, artistic director, composer, pianist

First half: Piano Epidermis
by Celeste Oram and Takafumi Ide

Toccata and Bruise Celeste Oram
[skin touch]

Iyalāmai Anne-Sophie Andersen
[voice of feminist struggle]

Missa di Glossa Sidney Boquiren
[spirituality-core]

Second half: viscera of the pianist
Bio Lux by Nobuho Nagasawa and HUL ARNOLD

Love Spiral Andrew Batt-Rawden
[heart] tech: Ben Finchley, Pierre Depaz

Lux Venit Daniel Weymouth
[breath] tech: Pierre Depaz, Drew Petersen and Al Petersen

Sheng Jocelyn Ho
[inter-bodies] tech: Drew Petersen and Al Petersen

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