Pianola Rendezvous - May and June 2007 in Brussels
Poster for Pianola Rendezvous at the Musical Instrument
(Design: Pablo Diartinez)
The Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels devoted a whole month to an exhibition of player pianos in its purpose-built, 250-seater
concert hall, with a selection of instruments, rolls and catalogues attractively laid out on stage, and in the display areas sourrounding the
seating. Pianola Rendezvous was the brainchild of Jo Santy, who organises concerts for the Museum, and it combined
recitals, lectures and practical demonstrations, scheduled at a time of year to complement the renowned Queen Elizabeth Piano
The Musical Instrument Museum, near the Royal Palace in Brussels.
(Photo: Bert van den Berg)
The Museum set up a special website for the occasion, which is still active, and can be found
at www.pianola.be. There were jazz concerts, classical concerts, Pianola
brunches in the Museum restaurant, and as a finale, a concert of Contemporary Music for Pianola, with compositions by Conlon Nancarrow, Wolfgang
Heisig, and a newly commissioned work from the Belgian composer, Jacqueline Fontyn.
Wolfgang Heisig and Rex Lawson in Nancarrow's Study no. 40.
(Photo: Jeanette Koch)
George van Dam, violinist of the Ictus Ensemble, gave a quite outstanding performance of Prokofiev's Five Melodies, and
symbolised the gratifying way in which the Museum had presented the Pianola, not as a curiosity, but as a normal instrument of music.
George van Dam and Pianola in Prokofiev's Five Melodies.
(Photo: Gerd Flick)