International piano artist sings, whistles and shouts at the NGA

Press Release
Saturday 6 August

The National Gallery of Australia proudly presents Lisa Moore ‘The pianist speaks’ in a theatrical afternoon at the piano – a program featuring music, text and video – on Saturday 6 August at 2 pm in the James O Fairfax Theatre.

Canberra-born Lisa Moore combines theatrical performance, including DVD projections, with powerful techniques to create a new way to experience the piano. The pianist sings, whistles, speaks and shouts music written especially for her unique theatrical abilities.

Raised in Australia and London, Lisa Moore had visited over a dozen countries by age thirteen. She moved to the United States when she was twenty, and after a year in Paris finally settled in New York City in 1985. Lisa Moore is the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars, performing with them worldwide since their inception in 1992.

She has also performed with the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, BargeMusic, the Orchestra of St Luke's, the American Composers Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the Crosstown Ensemble, the Australia Ensemble and the Westchester Philharmonic.

Still based in New York, Moore has worked with many composers and her recent ventures include combining piano, dramatic text recitation and a DVD image projection in Frederic Rzewski’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis. She has also been part of a touring production of Ibsen’s A doll’s house. Moore has recorded with Sony Classical, Tall Poppies, BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, Point, Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, New Albion and CRI. She has also recorded several solo discs, and in 1993 won Best Australian Recording in the ABC Fine Music Awards for her Wild Russians disc.

Lisa Moore has been in Australia for the past month, performing at the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Queensland Music Festival and the Sydney Symphony Contemporary Music Festival. She will be the artist-in-residence at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne later this month.

The program:
Frederic Rzewski De Profundis (1992)
Elena Kats-Chernin Stur in Dur [Stuck in major] (1998)
Martin Bresnick For the sexes: the gates of paradise (2001)

Music at the Gallery
Saturday 6 August 2005 at 2 pm
James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Bookings essential  +61 2 6240 6504
$20; members/concessions $15

For further details, please contact:
Merryn Gates, Public Programs, National Gallery of Australia
+61 2 6240 6521