Reinier van Houdt. Photo courtesy the artist.
REDCAT: “Van Houdt pulls off any number of technical highwire acts and his technique highlights a remarkable evenness of tone and touch.” —Toronto Star
A pianist of astonishing technique, the Dutch musical daredevil has focused on questions that often elude traditional notation: sound, timing, physicality, space, memory, noise, environment—and the points at which interpretation touches improvisation. Having premiered works by experimental composers such as Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Maria de Alvear, Francisco López, John Oswald and Charlemagne Palestine, van Houdt brings a terrifically absorbing program of piano solos to Los Angeles. It includes the newly completed Concerto per la mano sinistra, for piano and umbrella, by Fluxus-affiliated legend Walter Marchetti; Luc Ferrari’s sound journal 36 Enfilades for piano and tape; and a piano variation of Chimanzzi by the eccentric Texas genius Jerry Hunt.
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