MusicArt, in association with The Poetry Society, presents a poetry-inspired concert for National Poetry Day, featuring pianist Annie Yim, the poet Zaffar Kunial and composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Raymond Yiu.
‘The Poet Speaks’, a MusicArt conceptual concert, combines the recorded voices of composers and writers with live piano, juxtaposing poems from two centuries with musical responses to them by Debussy, Ravel, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and Philip Glass. Für Alina by Arvo Pärt will be performed with a specially commissioned poem ‘Sunlight’ by Zaffar Kunial.
Video of Annie Yim’s performance with Zaffar Kunial’s pre-recorded reading of his poem ‘Sunlight’, premiered in 2018, inspired by Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina.
Other writing included ranges from French poetry by Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire to a personal love poem by Cage; from Else Lasker-Schüler’s expressionist poem Versöhnung (Reconciliation), which inspired Franz Marc’s woodcut print, to Allen Ginsberg’s anti-war poem ‘Wichita Vortex Sutra’. Each pairing of musical composition and poem reveals tributes, friendships, and artistic affinities.
Each work is no more than a few minutes long, and yet contains a microcosm of the composer’s unique stamp, carrying far more than meets the eyes and ears. The hope is to create meaningful dialogues within the pairing of poetry and music.
Presented in association with Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Pianist Annie Yim performs throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. Her playing has been acclaimed as ‘the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated’ (The Times) with a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses canonic works and new music. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, as well as national radios in Canada and Portugal. Passionate about collaborations and commissioning new works across art forms, Annie founded MusicArt London, an initiative that creates tailored performances at art spaces across London and internationally.