CARMARTHEN LABYRINTH

Matt McMahon 

MONOCHROMATIC

Phoenix has collected three of the most remarkable pianos on the planet, and in MONOCHROMATIC visionary artists will impart unique performances upon each - their dexterous fingers probing the infinite shades between the colour of ivory and the colour of night.  

As the first of Phoenix's Instrument Series, MONOCHROMATIC will delve into the unexpected. Pianists from the classical, jazz, and experimental spheres will explore bold performances of contemporary works and reinvigorated classics.

 

‘Carmarthen Labyrinth’
by Matt McMahon 

Q:

What emotions does ‘Carmarthen Labyrinth’ arouse in you?

A:

For me there's two kinds of emotional contexts: one that you feel inside as a person and another that's projected out. They’re not always exactly the same because sometimes I can feel pretty stressed, but I can be playing pretty

calmly. Listeners may interpret my piece in their own way. They might hear sadness or happiness or drama, and it's up for everyone to hear it the way they want to hear it.


Q:

Describe ‘Carmarthen Labyrinth’ in colour.

A:

It's a range of colours from green to orange to a green-blue, then back to to orange. While improvising, I love shifting the colours and never staying in the one place for too long. 

Q:

How was your performance experience at Phoenix?

A:

Phoenix is really an incredibly beautiful place. A lot of time, energy and thought has gone into the building and it

makes you think, well, I better try and come up to the level of the space. People often don't take things seriously in our line of work so it's great to be in a space that’s owned by someone who believes in the arts and that, in turn, inspires you to want to be creative.

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