PianOrquestra presents a fascinating approach to the piano. Five classically trained musicians play the keyboard, the inside, the bottom and the sides of a prepared piano, using fishing-wire, flip-flops, piano hammers among a variety of other objects. The orchestra sounds like a samba band. Created and directed by Brazilian pianist Claudio Dauelsberg, PianOrquestra plays Brazilian music in an entirely unheard of manner. The performance flows easily from classical to popular Brazilian music, including contemporary composers such as Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth, Tom Jobim and Milton Nascimento and ethnic rhythms such as samba, choro, coco, maracatu and ciranda. PianOrquestra creates possibilities of sounds similar to a guitar, cavaquinho, contrabass, violin, harpsichord, and others, in addition to the most varied percussive timbres.
Micro-cameras are installed inside, under and above the piano’s box, and the images are projected simultaneously onto a screen on the stage, so the audience can follow all the musicians’ movements inside and under the piano.
The group has performed in venues such as:
Vancouver Jazz Festival
Oslo Brasil Music Festival
Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Teatro IFT, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Teatro Nescafe de las Artes, Santiago, Chile
Brazil Festival Amsterdam at Concertgebouw
Codsart Rotterdam Conservatorium among others