Extraordinary, unconventional, interactive and fun are the words I would use to describe the launch of crossover artist and classical music pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin’s new album, A Chopin Affair: Sonatas. On Friday night [March 9th] St James’s Sussex Gardens near Paddington was surprisingly packed – people had to find chairs and create their own space to sit down. The audience was a mix of savvy young artists, bright-eyed students, middle-aged professionals and family members keen to grab a glass of wine, relax and listen to some scintillating Chopin.
The Turkish classical pianist has produced crossover albums including music inspired by Pink Floyd and Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. She recently told me in an interview, “if you look at history, Liszt was a showman and Chopin was very much behind the scenes…they were very innovative and active. We don’t have that anymore.” Breaking the mould, Gokcin sees a gap in the classical music industry, “although I do crossover projects, they have a message. There are issues that I care about.” Gokcin is on a mission to change society, one way or other, whether it’s through channeling classical works in a unique way or transmitting a social message about issues she cares about through brand new music.
To read my full review, please go to The Cross-Eyed Pianist blog here.
Listen to AyseDeniz’s Chopin Affair album here via Spotify. http://bit.ly/CHLinksAD (Free online.)
I am honoured to have my coverage of AyseDeniz’s concert on The Cross-Eyed Pianist Website. Frances Wilson – pianist, writer, concert reviewer, blogger and music lover – is a dear friend of mine. Thank you for the opportunity, Fran!
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