View YouTube highlight reel featuring selected full piece audio, video, and audience response from the 2020 premiere.
The incomparable pianist Belle Chen presents Destinations, her Audio Visual show.
Transforming the stage into shifting environments with responsive visual elements, Belle Chen takes audiences on a journey through the world’s changing natural wonders, while musically traversing the realms of classical, avant-garde, world, sound art and electronica.
Music and visuals are inspired by a range of Destinations including the Gobi Desert, Shifting Coastlines, Bushfires and Coral Reefs, this work covers a wide range of musical styles and sounds; a real journey from start to finish.
Performing on acoustic piano, electric piano, synthesiser, kalimba, and triggering sound design, Belle is surrounded on stage by 3 screens onto which are projected an array of visuals that respond to her live performance at key moments. Be prepared to see her original compositions brought to life visually in the most delightful of ways.
World premiere presented by CAN Festival and Kings Place, February 2020.
The accompanying album is available to stream on all music services, search: "Belle Chen Destinations" to listen now.
"Beautiful pieces and flawless execution... A delightful surprise for all of your senses."
- Headphone Commute
This work was commissioned by CAN UK with support from Arts Council England and Help Musicians UK.
Belle Chen has been commissioned by Chinese Arts Now for a new work following her performance of Global Soundscapes in our 2019 Festival at LSO St.Luke’s. Belle is one of only three artists to receive a commission from CAN for its next festival in February 2020, and she will receive the largest award.
CAN is supporting Belle, because it recognises that Belle makes a significant contribution to experimental and contemporary music that aligns with CAN’s aim to break-down traditional stereotypes of Chinese culture.
CAN is the first National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England to specifically support Chinese heritage artists (chineseartsnow.org.uk)
Belle Chen - Piano, composition, artistic lead
in collaboration with:
Visuals - Mario Radev (nominee Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival)
Design - Nick Robertson (Brian Eno, Coldplay)
Premiere Lighting - Nao Nagai (Bury Court Opera, Curious International)
Premiere Production - Steve Wald
Premiere Photography - Lidia Crusafulli
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