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February 26, 2009

Phyllis Chen plays Kalimba for Toy Piano by Karlheinz Essl

The performance was part of the Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam on April 18, 2007.

More on the piece here.

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I know what you mean, Orphan, it made my head hurt too.

Hey, here's some kick-ass boogie-woogie (fabulous left hand):

And some kick-ass up & down the block flute playing in one of the most fiendishly difficult orchestral flute parts EVER (with a little bit of help from the Vienna Philharmonic in the "background", and Valery Gergiev conducting like he's shaking dog crap off his fingers while he's looking for where he parked his car). Oh yeah, it's the 4th mvt of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony:

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 27, 2009 2:40:27 AM

I made it to 24 seconds before my head threatened to explode. Different tastes :-)

Posted by: Lilorfnannie | Feb 26, 2009 11:48:33 PM

With the title, I had hopes that there would actually be a kalimba involved somehow... a slight disappointment, but an interesting piece nonetheless.

Posted by: johnjohn | Feb 26, 2009 8:22:37 PM

Well, not to my tastes - varied as may be - but interesting. Alas, that balloon reflecting the ceiling lights distracted me mightily with its creepy simulation of a happy-face.

Posted by: teqjack | Feb 26, 2009 7:33:29 PM

Oh, thanks for the link Flautist... I've always been intrested in that sound that I first heard from the Akiria soundtrack (which is what I linked to). It's nice to actually see where the sounds came from.

And creepy that we linked to such similar things.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Feb 26, 2009 7:10:22 PM

It reminds me of this..


but less good.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Feb 26, 2009 7:03:50 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah, "the sound gradually transformes itself from a rich variety if [of?] sonic transformations into a 'chaotic' distribution of the 8 tones which finally fall together into chord repititions" blah blah, yakketa yakketa...

Call me a crank but I'd whole lot rather listen to this, and I love their outfits, too:


Posted by: Flautist | Feb 26, 2009 5:32:59 PM

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