Live Music & AI Visuals
What if you could see music?
Meet Larkhall, the award-winning concert pianist and one of the brilliant minds behind the ground-breaking app, Shazam.
At the heart of his artistic innovation lies Otto, his computer co-performer. Otto isn't just your ordinary AI; it's a virtuoso in its own right. It possesses the remarkable ability to decipher the intricate musical nuances within a song, translating them into stunning visuals that dance in perfect harmony with the sound. Imagine being able to not just hear, but actually see music as it is created, interpreted with astonishing precision and creativity.
His performances showcase his ‘harmonics machine’, which changes the sound of some notes into glassy, otherworldly bell-like tones, an ‘infinite resonator’ which allows the piano’s sound to build and grow without limit, and a series of onstage pixels and visual projections which interpret each composition in a new and engaging way.
Originally based in Chicago but now living right here in the South West, Larkhall is on a mission to shatter the conventions of classical music. Larkhall draws inspiration from artists as diverse as Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Max Cooper and Poppy Ackroyd, conjuring visuals that feel equally at home in a nightclub or concert hall.
In his youth as a classical pianist, Larkhall was a prizewinner at the International Shostakovich Piano Competition. He toured with several bands, performing from SXSW and CMJ festivals to London’s Cafe Oto, and collaborated with multi-Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird. He has performed works by Rzewski and Corigliano, including city-level premieres.
Larkhall is living proof that the algorithms that surround us in our daily lives can be harnessed as tools for artistic expression. Weaving together music, art, and technology, an evening with Larkhall is a unique, unforgettable piano experience that pushes the boundaries of creativity.
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Pay It Forward
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Situated behind the Mayflower Visitor Centre just off the main Barbican road (opposite the 'Prawn' and Mayflower Steps.
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Seating is usually pre-allocated for performances (if it isn't it will say so on the booking page). Audiences are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the show to allow for time to take their seats before the performance begins. If you require disabled/accessible seating, please call us on 01752 267131 to discuss your requirements.
Age Guidance: 16+
Emotional / trigger warnings: none expected.
Health warnings: none expected.
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"A heady brew of classicism and electronics… I love that very very much indeed" - Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales)
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