Premiere performance of Climb!

Premiere performance of Climb!

Composer and pianist Maria Kallionpää gave the first performance of Climb!, her new interactive work for piano, at Djanogly Recital Hall, University of Nottingham, on 8 June.

Dr. Maria Kallionpää is an internationally active composer, pianist, and toy piano performer. She was a holder of the AHRC and Scatcherd European Scholarships in 2010-2013 at the University of Oxford and won the first prize of the University's Philharmonia composition competition in 2013.

Climb! combines contemporary piano with elements of computer games, to create a non-linear musical journal in which the pianist negotiates an ascent of a mountain, choosing their path as they go and encountering weather, animals and other obstacles along the way.

It employs the Mixed Reality Lab's Muzicodes technology to embed musical triggers within the composition. Like hyperlinks, these may transport the player to another point in the score when successfully played, and may also trigger additional musical effects or control visuals. Climb! also uses a disklavier piano which physically plays alongside the human pianist during key passages, engaging them in a human-machine musical dialogue. The interactive score is delivered using The University of Oxford's MELD dynamic annotated score renderer.

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The free performance, at 5pm on 8 June, was part of the Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR) concert and events series.

Climb! is supported by the EPSRC-funded FAST project, which brings the very latest technologies to bear on the entire recorded music industry. Read about the Centre's involvement in the project in an interview with researcher Dr David Weigl.