Atomic Legacies is out now on Diatribe Records - order your limited edition signed LP here.
Pestova Bennett... enhances the sound world and draws the listener in, through dips and heights of pianistic gesture. The effect is akin to watching slow-moving landscapes in isolated, unfamiliar parts of our globe. - Adam Sherkin, The Whole Note
Otherworldly timbres... as if transmitted from a distant planet - Adrian Smith, The Journal of Music
The Magnetic Resonator Piano (MRP) is the brainchild of Andrew McPherson, who has been working on this instrument since 2009. Electromagnets are installed above the strings of a regular concert grand without physical contact with the action, allowing for control of minute details of shimmering resonance, fragile pitch bends, sliding crescendi from silence and sustained "bowed" sounds that the performer can shape directly from the keyboard. For a pianist used to the inviolable earth-bound principles of attack and decay, this magical package provides the fuel to grow wings and discover flight.
In this concert, Xenia presents her own works as released on her album "Atomic Legacies", as well as uncompromising renditions of radical text scores for the MRP.
Repertoire can include "Atomic Legacies" by Pestova Bennett for the MRP and Ligeti Quartet, Pestova Bennett’s solo “Glowing Radioactive Elements”, Alvin Lucier’s rarely-programmed classic “Music for Piano with Magnetic Strings” (originally with eBows) and Pauline Oliveros' "Breaking Boundaries" as well as “Magnetic Resonance” for MRP and live electronics by John Young.