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Confluence - Piano improvisations and multimedia visual art

Confluence - Piano improvisations and multimedia visual art

Confluence - Piano improvisations and multimedia visual art

Norwich premiere for improvised contemporary/classical piano with integral animation, paintings and realtime electronic visuals prior to London launch

The concept of improvisation is rarely associated with classical music, yet from the Baroque to the Romantic era there was always a tradition of improvisation in live performance – concerto cadenzas were traditionally completely improvised and many of the piano greats, including Beethoven, were highly skilled extemporisers

Now a young Norfolk based musician is planning a series of concerts that will combine classical post-impressionist influenced piano improvisations with multimedia visual art installations and projections to take audiences on a contemporary and immersive visual and musical in-the-moment experience.

Titled Confluence, the first performances of the work, created and performed by Adrian Lever, will be at Norwich’s Anteros Foundation in March before its London launch in April. Adrian has commissioned visual artists who share a connection with the county to inspire and shape the improvisations. They are landscape painter Sarah Cannell ( who also acts as curator of the visual aspects of the show, animator Alison Harvey who has created a new 10 minute abstract animation inspired by water flow forms and Dr Bill Vine ( who will treat visual responses triggered live from the piano.

Lever has been studying piano since the age of 9 and graduated in music from City University, with instrumental tuition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The musical landscape of Confluence reflects impressions of Adrian’s childhood home areas (the South Norfolk marshes, North Norfolk coast, and The Broads) through the unifying theme of water - its inspiration, beauty, vitality, mythology and unpredictability.

Lever is perhaps currently best known as a guitarist in award-winning early music experimentalists Horses Brawl for 8 years. Horses Brawl released three critically acclaimed albums, performed at most major UK festivals and featured live on BBC Radio 3. Throughout this time he continued to play piano – on projects with jazz luminaries Andy Sheppard and Arve Henriksen and worked as an accompanist for international orchestral audition recordings and undergraduate performances, as an improvising ballet accompanist for DanceEast, and recently visited in Belgrade to study with international piano duo 'LP Duo'.

Adrian Lever commented ‘These showcase performances are hopefully just the beginning for Confluence. In realising this project I aim to launch a long-standing idea and aspiration of creating a performance context for my piano improvisations which have always been an important and unique means of expression in my musical life. My aim is to take audiences on a contemporary and immersive visual and musical in-the-moment experience.’

Doors will open early at the venue for audiences to view visual elements of the show, with a full day’s viewing on the second day.

Following the Norwich concerts there will be London launches at the exclusive Cello Factory gallery in London on 16 and 17 April. Confluence is supported by Arts Council England and the Norfolk Arts Fund.

Hear sample audio clips here

Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LJ

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