An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. The New Yorker describes Chai as “a pianist whose dazzling facility is matched by her deep musicality.”
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 121 Ludlow.
Spectrum presents contemporary Chinese-American pianist Jenny Q Chai in Sonorous Brushes, a multi-sensory program employing Chai’s unique form of synesthesia. The program explores repertoire that lives at the intersection of color and sound, exploring this meeting of the senses through important works of the colorful Impressionistic era paired with new works created using Artificial Intelligence technology. In order to fully realize this concept, Chai completed a six-month residency at Cité des Arts in Paris, where she worked simultaneously on the musical performance and the paintings associated with each score. Sonorous Brushes was designed and premiered at Wigmore Hall in London on June 26, 2018.
Yet despite the pyrotechnics, it was Chai’s sensitivity to color, timbre and emotion that resonated the most…The crowd roared for an encore and got two…
The Chinese-born, 28-year-old American pianist Jenny Q Chai demonstrated true affinity for contemporary music throughout the challenging program she played on Thursday night at Zankel Hall…playing with resourceful technique and sensitivity…her playing was admirable for its refinement and directness…
Jenny Q. Chai is certainly among the many great artists that display a great love for works from various periods of music and an ability to create a wise programming that shows a tremendous recognition for where composers share a likeness in their styles that are not always picked up by the naked ear. This concert was proof of that ability, and also a great showcase for her virtuosity.
Ms. Chai played with conviction, providing the necessary insight for these difficult works…Encores included works by Nils Vigeland and John Cage, the latter sung and tapped on the piano case instead of played. It served as a fitting close to an adventurous, ear-tickling program.