The piano is a key instrument in Season 4.
The two immensely gifted pianists, Kyle Shepherd and Jill Richards, while each is esteemed within their own sphere, are unlikely to have ever performed in a shared program, because one (Richards) generally plays the repertoire of western work (broadly defined, often rather inadequately described as 'classical) while the other is a renowned Jazz pianist.We are delighted to have them perform together (at times on the same piano); because of what we learn about both traditions from the dialogues between them. It is also a joy to watch their engagement with one another's practices.
In this video we feature Jill Richards, a Steinway artist, is a classical pianist who’s known both locally and internationally. Having received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Africa, she later went on to earn her Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London. Richards is known for her dynamic interests in Bach but she excels at her own improvised compositions which she’ll be further exploring for Season 4 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Having used her time with The Centre to explore and collaborate with new genres and mediums of art as much as possible, Richards will be featuring in a few this Season’s performances, be it teaching a monkey to play the piano, soundtracking live improvised physical theatre, or even a bit of acting. This experimentation and free-flowing improvisation will also be contrasted in Richards’ solo piece, a performance of French composer Pierre Boulez’s Piano Sonata No. 2 which forms part of a double bill with pianist and composer Kyle Shepherd.
WRITER | Dave Mann
SOUND | SoulFire Studios
CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING | Noah Cohen