‘Inside-out piano’ at festival of sound and vision

Experimental pianist Sarah Nicolls is to become first artist in residence at Brighton Dome’s earsthetic festival (December 8-13).

As spokeswoman Emma Robertson explains: “The earsthetic festival is an annual celebration of artists who break new ground with their symbiosis of sound and visuals, following a successful funding award from Arts Council England.

“The musician, who invented the inside-out piano, a sculptural feast of an instrument on which she creates her own music, will present two pieces of work as part of the mini-season of interdisciplinary performance, which returns to Brighton Dome for the second time this year.

“Meshing together visual art, new electronic music and experimental soundscapes, this year’s bill also includes a mixture of live shows, DJ sets and installations from analogue heroes Simian Mobile Disco, electroclash and multimedia artists Chicks on Speed, abstract techno-merchants Emptyset and composer and artist Claudia Molitor.

“Sarah Nicolls – Inside Out Piano will see the artist inviting members of the public to play her original creation in a fully-interactive installation in Brighton Dome foyer. Visitors can discover their own favourite sound, take their photo with this unique instrument and also see Sarah play it herself in a series of short intervention performances.

“On December 10, Nicolls will then perform Moments of Weightlessness: Pendulum Piano, a brand-new commission specially created for earsthetic featuring her second Inside-Out Piano, which includes surprising extra characteristics. Calling on parallels between her exploration of new instrument and her own journey into motherhood, this live show promises to be visually, narratively and sonically breath-taking.

Expect to see a piano swinging in mid-air, to hear the achingly-beautiful melodies and textures of Sarah’s piano-songs and to contemplate the intense moments of life where everything seems to stop still.”

For more information visit brightondome.org.