Transit

description

Transit combines material from the piano piece Just Before and Van der Aa’s short film Passage.

In Transit the movements of the pianist interact theatrically with the video projection, the focus shifting between the video projections and the virtuosic playing of the pianist. The film footage shows us an old man trapped in his own house, he is fighting against a loneliness verging on insanity.

Transit is performed with DVD. The electronic soundtrack on the DVD combines actual sound from the film-set with prerecorded and edited piano sounds, resulting in close intermingling of live piano and pre-recorded electronic sound.

Transit stillJoe Bendavid. Still from video projection.

Emanuele Torquati  - Transit - KievEmanuele Torquati – Kiev

press quotes

A poignant meditation on the loneliness of old age

— The Guardian

instrumentation

for piano and video
2009

piano

video (from DVD)

details

Duration 12'
First performance 21 November 2009, Sarah Nicolls, piano
Commissioned by -
Published by Boosey & Hawkes

video

Transit

Sarah Niccols-piano
13:25 min. Live at Huddersfield festival 2010

performances

Last performance:

  • 10 December 2014
    Mina Kim, piano
    KU Cinema, Seoul, Korea

Upcoming performances:

  • 28 March 2015
    Ergon Ensemble
    Stefanos Nassos, piano
    Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

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