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Andreas Greiner: Toccata for Pyrocystis Fusiformis
A piano is placed in a darkened room. Positioned on its strings are transparent canisters. They are filled with sea water and monocellular algae (Pyrocystis Fusiformis). The toccata is played on the instrument by the pianist. The plankton reacts to the music with the emission of natural blue light (bioluminescence). Two different species – human and algae – communicate through the means of a piano.
Performed by Thiago Nascimento and Michael Adam Palma
8:10pm, 8:40pm, 9:10pm, 9:40pm, 10:10pm, 10:40pm
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→ Andreas Greiner’s work deals with scientific research and phenomena to spread not only natural sciences but also humanities and artistic practice itself. With a background in medicine, anatomy and sculpting, Greiner focuses on time-based sculptures to propose a new definition of sculpture. His body of performative works apprehends life as a process. When working in collaborations, Greiner realizes studies and performs actions in order to gain knowledge and to follow a path to discovery.
Greiner studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin, in Dresden, Budapest, Florence and San Francisco before graduating from Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Raumexperimente. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Most recently at the Hessel Museum, New York; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin; Kópavogur Art Museum in Iceland; and the Moscow Biennale for Young Art. He has won the Prize for Young Art at the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein 2014 and the Conlon Music Prize 2015 for Disklavier Plus.
Andreas Greiner is part of the collective Das Numen with whom he has had solo exhibitions at Kunstwerke Berlin; Deutsches Architekturzentrum; Schinkel Pavillon; Haus am Lützowplatz; and realized a long term installation at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Michael Adam Palma was a faculty member at the University of North Texas in the Jazz Studies Department while another faculty member was on leave where he taught 3 classes on jazz improvisation, a piano techniques class, and taught private jazz piano lessons, and he was the youngest faculty member in his division. Born on December 15th, 1985 in Irving, Tx, he came from a musical family and began piano lessons at the age of five. Between now and the time he was twelve years old, he has taken on an extraordinary career as a jazz performer. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Jimmy Cobb, Tootie Heath, George Garzone, Roy Hargrove, Jason Palmer, Jiggs Whigam, Paquito D’ Rivera, Ralph Peterson, Rich Perry and Hal Crook to name a few. He has performed all over the states as well as in Japan, Spain, and France. He attended Booker T. Washington HSPVA in Dallas where he received numerous Downbeat Magazine Jazz Education Awards for my improvisation skills and compositions. He received a full scholarship from the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2009. Aside from performing jazz, his composing skills have been internationally recognized and his work has been heard on the television programs ‘Dancing with the Stars’, ‘Celebrity Expose’, and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ as well as television stations ABC, NFL Network, MTV, and Superstation.
Thiago Nascimento is a pianist praised for his innate musicality, impressive technique, and ability to improvise in a variety of styles. Born in Brazil, he was raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His unique talents span classical piano technique, expressive musicality, “stride” jazz piano, improvisation and composition. In addition, his comedic nature and ability to seamlessly integrate slapstick comedy and combine any melodic fragment into any other piece of music on the spur of the moment (no matter how serious or inappropriate) inevitably brings to mind visions of a young Victor Borge.
Belying his fluency of pianistic gymnastics, which might lead one to believe his first toy as a child was a grand piano, Mr. Nascimento in fact only began teaching himself how to play piano at the age of thirteen and began studying classical piano with a teacher at fifteen, an age when most child prodigies are already entering their mid-life crisis. Nonetheless, after a year of study, he was accepted into Dallas’ Booker T. Washington arts magnet high school.
He began his college studies at Peabody Conservatory and continued them at Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Alessio Bax.
Thiago currently works as a professional pianist in the DFW area, equally at home is the realms of classical, jazz, ballet, and musical theater.