PLEASE NOTE:This performance is open for KSC FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS ONLY. You will not be permitted to enter the building unless you are wearing a mask and wristband. Please do not request a ticket unless you can meet these requirements.
Hai! Oui! is a one-hour collaborative performance between pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova and animator Christine Banna. It highlights the influences between Japanese and French musical and visual arts culture with representations from 19th century classical piano works and 20th century new music. Featured composers include Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Jo Kondo, Akira Miyoshi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Sonoo Terauchi and Toru Takemitsu.
Several famous 19th century French composers were heavily influenced by Japanese and Eastern visual arts and sculpture, which had entered the Parisian arts scene around the time of the World Exhibition of 1889. One hundred years later, Japanese composers, intrigued by the beauty of French visual arts and French music from the Impressionist era (~1870-1900), wrote contemporary, classical piano works with both French and Japanese musical traits.
This project not only fuses French and Japanese Arts culture through piano compositions, but allows a modern American artist to be influenced by these two cultures through music, and to create her own interpretation on the marriage of these two art cultures through animation through 35mm film. The project highlights the relationship between two cultures that are so far removed geographically, but have so much in common artistically, linguistically and musically.
COVID Performance Guidelines: Keene State wristband required for entry into building. Masks covering one’s nose and mouth required at all times while in the building. House will open 15 minutes prior to performance. Reserved seating only. Patrons will be seated alone. No sitting together will be allowed.