solo for pianist without piano

“pianiste” offers spectators an intimate and colourful alternative to the classical piano recital. Here, Astride Schlaefli uses “Bontempi” pianos made of orange, red and green plastic, cassettophones, harmonicas, music boxes, a megaphone, a pan flute, a melodica with a hairdryer, a record player, and various toys. All together they constitute a kind of musical machinery, poetic, funny and absurd at the same time. The repertoire naturally includes works for piano, from all periods and styles, played and interpreted in various ways on the instrumentarium available. All this is punctuated by Astride Schlaefli’s comments and short stories, evoking in a wink her best and worst memories as a pianist.

CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE : Astride Schlaefli