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MusicArt London  Conceptual Concerts for musicians, artists & art spaces. Creating & collaborating across art forms since 2015. Founded by Annie Yim.

The concept of MusicArt London | Conceptual Concerts was born after this inspiring collaboration with the brilliant @erdemlondon @erdem for his 2014 London Fashion Week show. The music chosen for this occasion was Fratres (1977) by #ArvoPart, performed by pianist #AnnieYim and cellist #RichardBirchall. Erdem’s monochrome collection incorporated poetry by #waltwhitman and #emilydickinson sewn into the garments.
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Thrilled to receive a great review of our recent multimedia Conceptual Concert for music/poetry/art, The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt, for live piano + recorded voices. ‘An intriguing and highly original concert by pianist Annie Yim’.
Stay tuned for our live video! Our gratitude to Arvo & Nora Pärt, and the Arvo Pärt Centre for their help in our research for this project.
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One of the pieces was Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina, an iconic piano piece written in 1976. ‘Poet Zaffar Kunial wrote “Sunlight” in response to the music, a short yet meaningful poem which perfectly complemented the simplicity and profundity of Pärt’s writing’. Full review on @musicartlondon across social media.
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Opening of ‘Sunlight’ by Zaffar Kunial
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Short rectangle of you/on this prison cell floor/the lightest step to/the nowhere possible
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Images: courtesy Birgit Püve/Arvo Pärt Centre; Sophie Baker

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John Cage talked about the inspiration behind his piece 4’33”: “To Whom It May Concern: The white paintings came first; my silent piece came later”. Cage’s 4’33” (1952) was conceived with the idea that any sound may constitute music. It was inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s White Paintings (1951). It is a three-movement composition in which the performer does not play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece. The piece reframes the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed. Our new version with poetry was conceived in 2016 for a performance at @ordovasgallery, where the performer read the newly commissioned poem silently at the piano. The idea was arrived at in this order: silence is musical – silence is poetic – silence is music is poetry.
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Philip Glass told the story of his first meeting with Allen Ginsberg, “In 1988…I happened to run into Allen Ginsberg at St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York and asked him if he would perform with me. We were in the poetry section, and he grabbed a book from the shelf and pointed out Wichita Vortex Sutra. The poem, written in 1966 and reflecting the anti-war mood of the times, seemed highly appropriate for the occasion. I composed a piano piece to accompany Allen’s reading, which took place at the Schubert Theater on Broadway.” Ginsberg spent three weeks in Wichita, Kansas writing this poem in 1966 in the midst of the Vietnam War. His original performance with Glass included the second half of this epic anti-war poem. In our version, Ed Baker has formed a new collage of the words of Ginsberg, choosing sections from the poem to highlight his own response as an American to Ginsberg’s poem and Glass’s music, which rings true today.
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The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt included works mutually inspired between music, poetry and art. Visual artists: #FranzMarc #Rauschenberg Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #PhilipGlass Pianist and founder of MusicArt London #AnnieYim
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Photo: Sophie Baker

“Each work is no more than a few minutes long, and yet contains a microcosm of the composer’s unique stamp, carrying far more than meets the eyes and ears. The poets’ voices shine through these piano compositions as an inspiring light.” The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt, for live piano and recorded voices, 16 March 2018.
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Woodcut print image by expressionist artist Franz Marc (1912), poem by Else Lasker-Schüler (1910) pre-recorded reading by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (Star Falling, 2004), performed by Annie Yim. #music #art #poetry #piano #composer #poet #performance #multimedia #London.
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Programme of works mutually inspired between music, poetry and art. Visual artists: #FranzMarc #Rauschenberg Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #PhilipGlass Pianist and founder of MusicArt London #AnnieYim
#symbolist #minimalist #conceptual #contemporary
Photo: Sophie Baker

Yesterday’s performance of The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt. Looking & listening to Versöhnung (Reconciliation) by poet Else Lasker Schüler, which was the original inspiration for our multimedia piece:
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There will be a large star falling into my lap...
Let us wake this night

Pray in the languages
Which are incised like harps

Let us reconcile this night to us -
So much God overflowing ... Our hearts are children,
They want to rest sleepysweet.

And our lips want to kiss each other
Why are you shy?

Does not my heart border on yours -
Your blood always colours my cheeks red.

Let us reconcile this night to us,
When we caress each other we don’t die

There will be a large star falling into my lap.
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Woodcut print image by expressionist artist Franz Marc (1912), poem by Else Lasker-Schüler (1910) pre-recorded reading by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (Star Falling, 2004), performed by Annie Yim. #music #art #poetry #piano #composer #poet #inspiration #musicartlondon #FranzMarc #ElseLaskerSchüler #CherylFrancesHoad #AnnieYim #performance #multimedia #London
Programme of works mutually inspired between music, poetry and art. Visual artists: #FranzMarc #Rauschenberg Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #PhilipGlass
#symbolist #minimalist #conceptual #contemporary
Photo: Sophie Baker

“I wrote the poem so it looked almost like a postage stamp, something very small, but hopefully able to carry much more. Each line can be read after a pause or as a continuous train of thought. The image of a ‘stamp’ of light on the floor seemed to fit with my own response to Arvo Pärt’s music, which made me think of light footsteps and echoes of light.” Acclaimed poet Zaffar Kunial, whose collection “Us” will be published this summer by Faber, wrote “Sunlight” in response to Arvo Pärt’s iconic Für Alina (1976) specially for today’s performance.
The poem will be performed together with the music as part of a multimedia installation @cityuniversitylondon concert series at Performance Space, 1pm (for 1.10). We are excited that 50 exquisite booklets with Zaffar’s poem handmade by book artist Pauline Rafal will be available at the concert, all proceeds go to support the generous contribution of the poet.
Programme of works mutually inspired between music, poetry and art: The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt.
#bookart #PaulineRafal #poetry #music #art #performance #piano #AnnieYim #musicartlondon
Visual artists: #FranzMarc #Rauschenberg Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #PhilipGlass #pianist #AnnieYim #symbolist #minimalist #conceptual #contemporary

Very excited to see these handmade booklets in the making with the beautiful new poem #Sunlight by @ZaffarKunial in response to Für Alina by composer Arvo Pärt. Only 50 available tomorrow at our concert The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt - for details follow link in bio. Let us know if you’d like one! #bookart #PaulineRafal #poetry #music #art #performance #piano #AnnieYim #musicartlondon #inspiration #lovethis ❤️

Join us tomorrow Friday 16 March, 1pm at City, University of London - link in bio - for a new version of #JohnCage 4’33” as a multimedia installation with poetry, light, sound. It forms part of a larger music programme of works combining music and poetry: The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt. 4’33” was performed here by Annie Yim, silently reading a poem A Kind of Silence by Ed Baker - Something divided by nothing/becomes everything/but only in the limit/a limit that’s never reached.... Shown here in the company of Alphabets by #JasperJohns @ordovasgallery in 2016, with dress kindly provided by @erdem. Programme of works mutually inspired between music, poetry and art. Visual artists: #FranzMarc #Rauschenberg Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #PhilipGlass #pianist #AnnieYim #symbolist #minimalist #conceptual #contemporary

#behindthescenes Working on a poetic piano piece ‘Star Falling’ by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b.1980), inspired by an expressionist poem Versöhnung (Reconciliation) by Else Lasker-Schüler, which also inspired Franz Marc’s woodcut print in 1908 of the same title. ‘Our hearts are children/They want to rest sleepysweet’
Cheryl has recently been lauded as one of ‘7 female composers changing the face of London’ by @evening.standard #musicartlondon #thepoetspeaks #March16 #linkinbio #piano #composer #poet #artist #inspiration #collaboration #recording #livemusic #rehearsal #internationalwomensday #femalecomposer #femalepoet #London

Music and Poetry combined in our next Conceptual Concert for piano+recorded voices ‘The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt’. Join us on March 16! Details on link in bio. Image: Ravel’s Scarbo (1908) with Aloysius Betrand’s poem from Gaspard de la Nuit. #ThePoetSpeaks #March16 #musicartlondon #recordedvoices #piano #installation #sound #experiment #performance #poets #composers Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #philipglass #pianist #AnnieYim #behindthescenes #symbolist #minimalist #conceptual #contemporary

As the most performed living composer for the seventh consecutive year, Arvo Pärt’s path to find his own voice was a difficult one. He eventually broke through a long period of silent searching with this piano composition Für Alina (1976). The piece has a quiet purity and lightness as freshly fallen snow. #musicartlondon #piano #poetry #march16 #ThePoetSpeaks #london #snow #March16 #recordedvoices #performance #poets #composers Poets: #Baudelaire #Betrand #ElseLaskerSchüler #AllenGinsburg #ZaffarKunial #EdBaker Composers: #Debussy #Ravel #ArvoPärt #JohnCage #CherylFrancesHoad #philipglass #pianist #AnnieYim #symbolist #minimalist #conceptual #contemporary

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