Decomposing Pianos (Trilogy)

August 20, 2009

The Decomposing Pianos harp

This piano celebrated its centennial anniversary on August 20th, 2009 as the centrepiece for an improvisational performance. The strings were painted to match the keys, which were removed with the action to reveal the iron harp.

Decomposing Pianos was formed in 2009 with my partner and long time collaborator Julia Krolik, named after an old piano resting in our backyard. The action was stiff and unusable, so we removed it and painted the strings for its centennial anniversary, the first of three installation performaces that took place each August for the next three years.

I. The Decomposing Piano, August 20th, 2009, featuring a piano's iron harp, a working piano, and an electronic keyboard.

II. Languishing Bellows, August 19th, 2010, featuring a pump organ, an accordion, and two harmoniums.

III. Noise of the Modern Day World, August 18th, 2011, featuring an electronic keyboard, a laptop and several effects pedals. Special thanks to our friend Chris Trimmer who helped us end the performance in a wall of noise.

All performances were free and self-promoted.

The Decomposing Pianos Trilogy

The Decomposing Pianos Trilogy: The Decomposing Piano, Languishing Bellows and Noise of the Modern Day World