Down The Rabbit-Hole
Phyllis Chen + Rob Dietz
Despite the snow, you can still join us today at 4:00pm for a workshop performance of a new piece by artists-in-residence Phyllis Chen (toy pianist/composer) and Rob Dietz (video artist/electronic musician). The 7:00pm evening performance has been cancelled due to the weather.
Down The Rabbit-Hole is a performance for toy piano, music boxes, live electronics, live and edited video, and amplified objects. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice stories, this is not a re-telling of a beloved fairy tale but a new work using objects and themes from the novels. The ticking of a pocket watch, the shuffling of a deck of cards, or the clattering of a tea set are reinvented in visual and sonic terms. With the use of microphones, a magnifying glass, and live video feeds, commonplace objects are brought to life, and a miniature stage is set in motion inside a toy piano. The performance will be followed by an informal discussion with the artists.
Praised by The New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis Chen’s artistic pursuits take her in numerous directions as a toy pianist, pianist, composer, and performance artist. Ms. Chen was named a New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She creates original multimedia compositions using toy pianos, music boxes, electronics, and video, which she offers in concert alongside works by prominent 20th century composers such as John Cage and Julia Wolfe.