Jenny Q Chai, Piano Jenny Q Chai, Piano

with music of Bach, Gibbons, Schumann, Debussy, Stockhausen, Stroppa, and Kurtág

Wed January 22nd, 2014


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Show Time: 7:30PM

Event Ticket: $15

Day of Show: $20

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If on a Winter’s Night…
travels through musical landscapes
György Kurtág: Selections from Játékok* Orlando Gibbons: Italian Ground Kurtág: Selections from Játékok* Claude Debussy: Ondine Kurtág: Selections from Játékok*
J.S. Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (transcription)
Kurtág: selections from Játékok*
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstücke VIII
Kurtág: selections from Játékok*
Marco Stroppa: Ninnananna
Kurtág: selections from Játékok*
Robert Schumann: “Marche des ‘Davidsbündler’ contre les Philistin” from Carnaval
Chai’s If on a Winter’s Night… journeys through the landscape of Western Music, visiting an array of composers with whom she feels a vibrant kinship.  The featured selections, by Bach, Debussy, Gibbons, Schumann, Stockhausen, and Stroppa, are interleaved with miniatures from Kurtág’s playful Játékok (Games), in a structural gesture inspired by Italo Calvino’s intricately raveled novel examining the nature of reality and fiction, If on a winter’s night a traveler.


Ms. Chai explains: “I imagine this concert as a kind of train journey through Western Music, in which Kurtág’s beautiful music brings me to meet with each of these composers, speaking to them in their own musical language and engaging with them as the authentic innovators they were. As I laid out the order of the works, seeking to demonstrate the connections and common language I sense within them, I was inspired by Calvino’s gorgeous novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler, which in turn was inspiration for Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose (from which Ninnananna is taken).


“The Kurtág ‘train’ of selections from his delightful Játékok references my own personal musical education; many of these works were given to me by my dear teacher, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and represent my own discovery of this phenomenal composer and his rich, important body of repertoire.”
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Jenny Q Chai, Piano

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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 and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” New York Times.

Based in both Shanghai and Paris, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. She is a noted interpreter of 20th-century masters Cage, Messiaen, and Ligeti, and her career is threaded through with strong relationships and close collaborations with a range of notable contemporary composers, including Marco Stroppa, Jarosław Kapuściński, and György Kurtág. With a deft poetic touch, Chai weaves this wide-ranging repertoire into a gorgeous and lucid musical tapestry.

Chai is also a vital champion and early tester of the groundbreaking synchronous score following software program, Antescofo. Developed at IRCAM by scientist Arshia Cont and composer Marco Stroppa, the software offers a real time computer and animation response to live performance elements, enabling performers to create multimedia presentations of sophisticated and expressive fluency. Chai explored and helped hone Antescofo in residence at IRCAM (alongside frequent collaborator, Jarosław Kapuściński) and has since toured internationally with the software, offering multimedia performances in Shanghai, New York, Havana, and elsewhere.

Other notable highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut in 2012; many performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, including a 2016 Antescofo-supported program, Where’s Chopin?; lectures and recitals at the Shanghai Symphony Hall; a featured performance at the Leo Brouwer Festival in Havana, Cuba; Phillippe Manure’s double-piano concerto, Zones de turbulences, at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music (with duo partner,  pianist Adam Kośmieja and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra); and much more.

Her immersive approach to music is also channeled into her work with FaceArt Institute of Music, the Shanghai-based organization she founded and runs, offering music education and an international exchange of music and musicians in China and beyond. Additionally, Chai serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and has published a doctoral dissertation on Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose.

Chai has recorded for labels such as Deutschlandfunk, Naxos and ArpaViva. In 2010, she released her debut recording, New York Love Songs ­– features interpretations of works by Cage and Ives, among others – and her most recent recording, Life Sketches: Piano Music of Nils Vigeland was released in 2014 by Naxos.

The recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Jenny Q Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Cologne University of Music and Dance. Her teachers include Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Seymour Lipkin, Solomon Mikowsky, and Anthony de Mare.

music of Bach, Gibbons, Schumann, Debussy, Stockhausen, Stroppa, and Kurtág

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