Artist: Xuan Ye
Recorded at Array Space (Solonation), June 25, 2016.Xuan Ye - [excerpt]
Planned as an ongoing semi-annual series, this night was the brainchild of Audiopollination's Mike Lynn. Whereas that series is centred around the idea of small-group spontaneous improvisation, this night was more about celebrating a wider range of creative musical practices in a quintet of short solo sets.
Xuan Ye took a "solo" turn from her APA project for this set of piano music. She accompanied herself with several varieties of feedback generated from the grand piano's body, sometimes with one drowning out the other and at times with both sounds in a weird co-operation. Although the orthodox response to this might be to treat it like a painter tossing a pot of ink on a finished canvas, the point here seemed to be a reaction against the old-fashioned hierarchicalism that would privilege the piano's melody over the feedback's piercing discord.
The show was also livestreamed and has been archived on youtube. You can check out the full set here:
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