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Alain Roche

Pianist-Composer & Performer

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Alain RocheWINTER SOLSTICE - Extract Part 3
Alain RocheWINTER SOLSTICE - Extract Part 6
Alain RocheWINTER SOLSTICE - Part 4
Alain RocheIMAGINARY SOUNDS OF WALLS - Piano Solo

PROJECTS

suspended piano

PIANO VERTICAL

PIANO VERTICAL is a performance featuring a grand piano tilted 90°, suspended in the air.

grounded piano

BLUE HOUR

BLUE HOUR is a solo acoustic piano concert at dawn

organ & percussions

KATEDRAL

KATEDRAL is a face-off between a pipe organ and electronic percussion.

NEWS

SOLSTICE TO SOLSTICE

182 performances from the winter solstice to the summer solstice

Every day without interruption

22nd Dec 2023 – 20th June 2024

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Munich / Germany

Dawn, the blue hour, the beginnings of daylight. A view to the east.
In the midst of Munich, on the vacant lot of the future Konzerthaus, pianist-composer and performer Alain Roche, connected to his suspended instrument, performs WINTER SOLSTICE – a one-movement piece for solo piano.

At the same time, live from 7 natural sites in Bavaria and Switzerland, sounds emanating from animal and plant activity, inaudible to the human ear, are captured – through a technological device developed especially for the project by the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK, ICST) – in the water, under the earth, on and within plants.
The sound artist accompanying the pianist receives this raw material via digital streaming. He selects, processes, and broadcasts it live.

Permeable to these sounds, performer Alain Roche disrupts his score.
The audience, equipped with headphones and seated on deck chairs, welcomes the day, its colors, and this improvised counterpoint between notes and sounds. Thus, the composition evolves over the performances, transforming the initial piece WINTER SOLSTICE into a new piece titled SUMMER SOLSTICE.

An ode to light, seasons, and elements, the performance SOLSTICE TO SOLSTICE experiences the cyclical time of life.

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