Performed by pianist and composer Eve Egoyan, Solo For Duet is an innovative, multi-sensory journey leading its audience through layered emotional musical worlds; contrastingly introspective, startling, playful, poetic, and urgent.
Filmmaker Su Rynard followed Eve over the course of a year to chronicle the creation of this extraordinary programme.
The film follows Eve (who is primarily known for interpreting the work of others) as she develops her own composition. In the process she searches for her own voice in the space between what a piano can do and what she wishes it could.
I asked for this. Change. Just need to erase…
I want to make this ghost piano do things I wish a piano could do.
This accompanying interactive piece explores Eve’s desire to create a clean slate, to “erase herself” artistically, in order to discover that new voice.
Eve is a reluctant performer and fiercely private. To echo this sentiment, sections of the text are obscured by diacritic characters, only revealing themselves through the act of scrolling. The animations used throughout the piece only ever hint at the objects they represent, never fully revealing themselves.
By using a disklavier, an acoustic piano, that can trigger sampled sounds, Eve is able to create a “ghost” piano in a dialogue between the real piano and its sampled self.
Solo For Duet is a deeply integrated virtuosic mix of sound, image, and unspoken narrative challenging traditional conceptions of piano and pianist.