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Piano Transplants

Annea Lockwood, curated by Lawrence English

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WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

WORLD RHYTHMS | THU 9 JUNE
PIANO BURNING | FRI 10 JUNE
PIANO DROWNING | SAT 11 JUNE
PIANO GARDEN | FRI 3 AND SAT 4 JUNE, FRI 10 AND SAT 11 JUNE
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Free - Piano Garden, Piano Burning and Piano Drowning $25-35 - World Rhythms
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Radical interventions of fire, water and life transform an iconic instrument.
Piano Transplants

On the banks of the River Thames, flames engulf an upright piano. Smoke intermingles with melody as the instrument slowly transforms into a new state of matter.

In 1968, New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood performed Piano Burning, the first official work in her series of Piano Transplants—a series of radical interventions with Western music’s most iconic instrument. The works speak to the transformation of objects, matter, energy and art.

Lockwood’s Piano Transplants are seminal sound works that expand the art of composition’s edges to include the chaotic addition of natural forces. At sites across Melbourne, three of Lockwood’s TransplantsPiano Burning, Piano Drowning and Piano Garden will see the grand instrument overwhelmed by plants, submerged by water and consumed by fire.

Session Details

WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

WORLD RHYTHMS | THU 9 JUNE
PIANO BURNING | FRI 10 JUNE
PIANO DROWNING | SAT 11 JUNE
PIANO GARDEN | FRI 3 AND SAT 4 JUNE, FRI 10 AND SAT 11 JUNE
SEE SESSION DETAILS FOR TIMES

PIANO GARDEN
  • LOCATION | King's Domain
  • FRI 3 JUNE
  • SAT 4 JUNE
  • FRI 10 JUNE
  • SAT 11 JUNE

PIANO BURNING

  • LOCATION | Lower Terrace, Birrarung Marr
  • FRI 10 JUNE, 5PM START TIME

PIANO DROWNING

  • LOCATION | Williamstown Botanic Gardens
  • DURATION | Approx. 15min
  • SAT 11 JUNE
    • 1PM
    • 2PM
    • 3PM
    • 4PM

Note | Piano Transplants includes performances for Piano Garden, Piano Burning and Piano Drowning

Credits

IMAGES:

PIANO BURNING BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD, 1968. PHOTO: GREG HARMS

PIANO GARDEN BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD. PHOTO: CHRIS WARE

PIANO BURNING BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD. PHOTO: GEOFF ADAMS

VIDEO:

PIANO BURNING BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD, BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2021. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

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