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#2173514 - 10/29/13 01:45 AM Frederic Chiu at Rubin Museum, NYC - Nov 2, 6pm
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Life is Like a Dream: Ignorance and Impressions from the French and Chinese Nexus
Frederic Chiu, piano, with Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, poetry recitation

“When you are ignorant about something, to know that you are ignorant about it – that is knowledge.” - Confucius

“Remove it all, that I might see.” - Paul Valéry

Frederic Chiu’s approach to ignorance comes from two angles meeting in the same place – the acknowledgement of ignorance in French and Chinese cultures, as expressed through music. The French school of Impressionism in music acknowledges the absence of absolute truth, even as it tries to provide a multitude of precise impressions of that truth. The piano becomes an abstract instrument, as the search for colors and shades – be it in Debussy’s Clair de Lune or Ravel’s Miroirs – transcends the actual physical sound in its search for emotional impressions. Chinese music, once a profound influence on the French Impressionists, now builds on Western music’s innovations, at once honoring and evolving. The idea of ignorance, of vagueness, of impressions left by absolute truth – Gao Ping explores these ideas in his Distant Voices, his nostalgic Outside the Window suite and in his heady Soviet Love Songs for Vocalizing Pianist. Adding a more literal and literary angle to the theme of “ignorance”, singer/poet Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou overlays beautiful classic Chinese texts (including the above quoted Confucius) that bring the program to a close with the realization that, despite our attempts to pin it down, “Life is like a dream.”

Frederic Chiu will be performing the following pieces:

Gao Ping – 2 Soviet Love Songs for vocalizing pianist, Out the Window (NY Premier), Distant Voices

Claude Debussy – from Preludes, Images I, Images II, Estampes, L’isle Joyeuse, Suite Bergamasque

Maurice Ravel – from Miroirs

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#2174943 - 10/31/13 04:25 PM Re: Frederic Chiu at Rubin Museum, NYC - Nov 2, 6pm [Re: fredericch]
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I am glad you posted this here. I hope to hear you some day in person, so if you ever have plans to perform in Stockholm please don't hesitate to place a notice in this forum.


#2175110 - 11/01/13 01:01 AM Re: Frederic Chiu at Rubin Museum, NYC - Nov 2, 6pm [Re: fredericch]
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Loc: Oregon
Thank you for bringing up "impressionism". It is a realm of playing that I hope to explore more myself. What type of video footage do you have of your music?

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