Phyllis Chen

ICElab

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th St NYC

Thursday, October 20 at 8:00pm

$15 ($10 with SONiCPass)

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Phyllis Chen, Toy Piano/ Piano

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Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist, toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers. The Oregonian states “her captivating performance was animated by unbridled inventiveness, the kind of joyous creativity that playing with toys is meant to inspire.” Playing an instrument that has no set boundaries or genres, Phyllis has been invited to perform at a large variety of festivals and concerts. Phyllis founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano and electronics. The competition has received works from composers all around the world and these compositions become an integral part of her repertoire. A strong interest in interdisciplinary work led her to collaborations with video artist and electronic musician Rob Dietz with whom she created multimedia works such as The Memoirist, Pearlessence, Chroma and Carousel. The duo is interested in co-creating new works that rethink the idea of live art and performance using music, visuals, found sounds and objects. This past spring, Rob and Phyllis received a grant from the New York State Foundation for the Arts to complete their most recent multi-media work Down the Rabbit-Hole that was performed in a variety of theatre spaces in New York City. Upcoming commissions include a toy piano opera in 2012 by the Chicago-based group, Opera Cabal.