Videos from premiere with Jan Bang, Samuel Rohrer, Harry Tavitian, Dante Boon, Bimhuis, Amsterdam 2013
Vahé Hovanesian (ARM) - duduk
Tom Arthurs (GB/D) - trumpet
Christian Thomé (D) - drums
Isambard Khroustaliov (GB) electronics
Stevko Busch (D/NL) - piano
On music by Paul Motian, Komitas Vardapet, own work
Keiko Shichijo (JP/NL) - solo piano
work by Komitas Vardapet, Tigran Mansurian
Dante Boon (NL) - solo piano
work by Komitas Vardapet, Anastassis Philippakopoulos
Concept: Henning Bolte, Stevko Busch
York Schaffer in Weser Kurier 15.2.2015 (the article...)
Two Amsterdam-based pianists meet renowned international guests during Gallery Of Tones / Pianolab. This year’s point of departure is the distinctive style and sonic universe of Paul Motian (1931-2011). This American percussionist is famous for his unique, spatial style of playing, combining Western, Afro-American and Eastern influences.
From this vantage point the invited musicians will improvise with Eastern and Western coloring, phrasing and timing. A crucial part is taken by the live electronics of Isambard Khroustaliov.
The program features two pianists in various roles. Japanese (forte)pianist Keiko Shichijo uses Eastern sources in compositions from different periods. Dutch pianist Dante Boon gives early Eastern and modern European compositions. German pianist Stevko Busch, the initiator of Pianolab, will give a performance with a remarkable quartet including british trumpetplayer and composer Tom Arthurs from Berlin, german drummer Christian Thomé from Cologne, and London-based electronic musician Isambard Khroustaliov.