January 14, February 25, March 25 & April 28 at 7 pm
2020-21 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Conrad Tao is a pianist, composer, Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and alumnus of Special Music School. A series of eight FREE monthly digital Performance As Process events on Thursday evenings from September through April will invite audiences into his creative practice as he develops programming for his May 6 Ecstatic Music concert in Merkin Hall. Streamed from his home in Manhattan, these events will give the audience a deeper look into his work in piano, electronics, composition and improvisation as the program for his May 6 Ecstatic Music performance in Merkin Hall comes into focus.
Conrad says, "I’m so excited to be an artist-in-residence at Kaufman Music Center for this season! I’m looking forward to listening and working and thinking with KMC students about the sociality of music, methods of practice that open up further creative avenues, and the substance of a concert program, among other questions. It is rare to find an educational institution with a structure that so encourages students’ varied interests, and I can’t wait to dig in. In addition to exploring these topics collaboratively with students, I'm grateful to have the chance to present regular performance-talks leading up to a concert presentation in May, in which I'll be sharing materials and thoughts as they evolve over time. I believe in performance being a part of one's ongoing practice, not just the shiny, well-packaged end result of said practice; I hope these regular presentations can be a manifestation of that.”
Conrad Tao’s Artist Residency is generously underwritten by The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust.