The Piano Mill

Artist Statement,musical director Vanessa Tomlinson

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The Piano Mill project


Music performance is a complex ritual of people, place, space and sound, whether in a concert hall or a pub. The Piano Mill explores every aspect of this complexity in a totally new arena for approaching the performance of a new piece of music; a site-specific performance venue, off the grid, in the bush, using reclaimed pianos set up in an unorthodox fashion. The event brings into contact 16 piano players to work together – already an unusual gathering – alongside an architect, builders, a chef, volunteers, a composer, a dancer, directors, film crews, recording engineers and a community of listeners.  The work is subject to weather, power, natural sounds and extreme goodwill amongst the newly acquainted participants in the mill.