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Gig Alerts: Phyllis Chen and Johannes Moser

Monday, February 01, 2010

Phyllis Chen
"Mirabella a tarantella for solo toy piano"
Playing at: Le Poisson Rouge
(158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets | Directions

Tonight, groundbreaking toy pianist Phyllis Chen and virtuoso cellist Johannes Moser wrap up their two-week tour called "Sounding Off: A Fresh Look At Classical Music." Armed with a varied repertoire which includes works by Debussy and Stockhausen, Chen and Moser have been trekking across the country on a mission to reexamine the role of classical music in a contemporary setting. Chen, who's also a performance artist, brings an exciting experimental element to the duo with her creative wizardry on the toy piano. Noted for her deft reinterpretations of classical works on the miniature instrument, Chen also plays works composed specifically for the toy piano, such as this piece by composer Stephen Montague. Attacking the tiny keys with a forceful whimsy, Chen blows through this playful work with grace and vigor.

Download Phyllis Chen's Uncaged Toy Piano at Amazon.com

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