Hello friends! I'm so happy to announce that I will once again be participating in the Sing For Hope Pianos project this year. My design for the piano is based on Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and it will feature colorful abstractions that represents the different thematic elements of the music. I have already begun the underpainting! Please stay tuned for more information and updates!
These are some photos from the dedication of my piano at the Mary McLeod Bethune Academy in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I'm so happy that it will live with these brilliant students! Thank you to Sing For Hope for this amazing experience, and to Neil Davis for his awesome performances.
Here are some photos from Klangfarbenmelodie's time out at Lincoln Center. A special thanks to Fabio Tedde (Pianists Without Borders) for these incredible shots!
I am excited to announce that for the past few months, I have been working on one of the 50 Sing For Hope Pianos that will be coming to public spaces in New York City this summer! I am so grateful to be part of this wonderful project bringing art and music to our communities.
My project is entitled Klangfarbenmelodie is derived from a musical theory term developed by composer Arnold Schoenberg. It describes a musical phrase composed by splitting the melody amongst different instruments to create a more colorful composition. As such, the meandering black lines “split” the piano into fragments of color representing notes and rests. The design concept is part of my larger body of work exploring the relationship between music and visual art.
From June 5-24th 2018, it will be located at Lincoln Center (at Columbus and W 62nd Street) where it will be open to the public to play! This coming fall, it will find a permanent home at the Mary McLeod Bethune School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Updates from Visual Artist Natalia J. D'onofrio