The concert Piano Light Show, another synthesis of classical music and new technology, was held in Odessa Philharmonic with participation of People’s Artist of Ukraine Alexey Botvinov, the violinist and head conductor of Brussels Chamber Orchestra Michael Guttman and VJ Videomatics.
The concert was held in the celebration of 25th anniversary of the construction holding company «ZARS» and raised money was given to charity fund «The Corporation of Monsters»
Changing secure format of classical concert Alexey Botvinov has managed to transform a regular laser show into a breathtaking performance. The Piano Mapping Show has caused a real «Wow effect».
Everyone is in anticipation of something extraordinary. The light is turned off and just the soloists have the torches to highlight the score. The music of Bach-Busoni «Chaconne» starts playing in darkness and the first image of slowly spinning triangle appears at the white piano. Sacral geometry – creating of light and consciousness. The geometric shapes replace one another symbolizing diversity of the world, existence of numerous worlds, different dimensions and spaces. And it’s accompanied by philosophic composition of Bach.
Flowing from Bach to Chopin there are spectacular scenes from films appear at the screen, beautiful couples are waltzing.
It’s necessary to point out that the program was combined from the most Alexey Botviniv’s favorite composers. Surely, not all of them, at least Mozart wasn’t in it.
Accompanied by music of Sergey Rachmaninov, Arvo Pärt, Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi the personal idea of Alexey Botvinov is expressed in the light score where he reveals his inner view of music. The show became possible due to collaboration with video artist VJ Taras Videomatics. They took a risk and extended the boundaries of contemporary compositions adding some special effects such as thunder strikes.
To my mind, the images and colors supporting music are aimed to help a regular listener to catch all the delicate nuances of music and make the impression more accomplished. There is a new step in development of music art leading to expansion of the audience. Alexandr Skryabin also used these additional «tricks» in his works. More than a hundred years have passed since he wrote «Prometheus», the first symphonic composition where the light was used for the very first time in the world practice. Since then the interest for light symphony had increased and a lot of composers such as Schönberg and Stravinsky followed Skryabin and created their light music performances.
In the second part of the concert Brussels violinist and conductor Michael Guttman joined Alexey Botvinov on the stage.
Michael Guttman is, probably, the most devoted friend of Odessa Classics Festival. He attends it every year from the very beginning and every time he brings unique and extraordinary projects. There is a piece of interview from this summer festival:
«Every year I can’t wait for visiting Odesa, city you want to return again and again. And it takes its origin in a history of my family and I’m so lucky to have a reason for these visits. I feel like home here. My great teacher Boris Goldstein came from Odesa. We travelled a lot and when we were in different European cities such as London, Paris, Brussels I used to ask him: «Do you enjoy?» and usually the response was the same: «Yeah, wonderful! Almost like Odesa…»
After the concert I was lucky to have some talk with Michael Guttman. And what impressed me the most was that, in spite of being a star, he was really preoccupied with impression the show made and if we really enjoyed it. And for me, it’s nothing else but a pure love to our audience and our city. And again I had a chance to make sure that people who are real talents and professionals mainly are modest and easy-going.
But looking back at the concert I should admit how it is important to organize similar projects in order to popularize classical music. Apparently, sometimes it might be hard for young people to enjoy two-hour concert and they require new formats, new ideas. And The Piano Light Show is right about this. The laser special effects help to immerse into music and enjoy the perfect performance of ingenious musicians.
Foto Nikolay Vdovenko