Is this picture missing something? Possibly some singing children, methinks. I’ve been asked to be a special guest artist for Gondwana Choirs annual Christmas extravaganza “Voices of Angels” which is fantastic. The only thing is that there’s not enough room to get the piano on and off stage quickly, so it has to stay in the orchestra pit. Maybe for one number that might be ok (the pit in the City Recital Hall is actually at floor level!) but not for a whole bracket.
One solution would be for me to write a new piece for toy instruments, played by me and by children, with children singing too. Then we’d all fit on stage at once. Could be cute ‘n’ quirky, don’t you think?
Each New Year, I like to get to know a composer I’d not had time to acquaint myself with all year… And this year, I thought I’d share my little ritual with you all. Meet Phyllis Chen, toy pianist and pianist and composer; she rocks!
I’ve been thinking about which instruments to play when I record the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for my album. Had already settled on Toy Piano and Melodica, but I needed a flute-like instrument for the whistling bit…. and then I remembered my favourite iPHone toy. This will be perfect!
Thank goodness for ‘flight mode’ on the ol’ iPhone. It would be terrible to have to stop in the middle of a recording session to take a call from your instrument!
Bach for a toy instrument. Should I consider recording this? I’d need an airfare to NYC (from Sydney, Australia!), a whole day at FAO Schwarz and an offer of free accommodation. All offers gratefully received!
Some music arrived in the post today - Elena Kats Chernin’s Russian Rag (and other rags). And I just discovered that she loves the toy piano too. Researching this album continues to bring me little serendipitous discoveries. Hooray!
This is a top-of-the-range Schoenhut toy piano. Given that I’ll be recording my next album on a top-of-the-range Stuart and Sons piano, it makes sense that whatever toy piano I record on is also the best that money can buy :p