PIANOHOOD - WILL PICKVANCE
Wednesday 31 May at 8pm
"half man, half piano, Will Pickvance uses the piano like a ventriloquist uses their dummy" BBC Radio 3
"a singular blend of virtuosity and humour, this is what being a prodigious player in the 21st century looks like" The List
Sitting at the piano, under the light of a stand lamp, Will Pickvance recounts for his soonto-be-born son the tales that have led to his finding himself at this very moment - what he calls his Pianohood, a virtuoso’s variations on his life’s theme.
Part-recital, part-storytelling, Will recounts encounters with pianos across the world, intertwining improvisations that take in Bach, jazz legend ‘Fats’ Waller, Radiohead and more with a gentle, humorous yarn-spinning charm. Describing him as ‘an 88 key genius’, poet Ian McMillan has hailed Will as ‘half-man, half-piano… using the piano like a ventriloquist uses their dummy or as a dressage rider uses their horse.’