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Piano Circus formed in 1989 to play Steve Reich’s composition Six Pianos, and has since created a repertoire of over eighty works; the majority are written specially for the ensemble and include pieces by Kevin Volans, Graham Fitkin, Brian Eno, Louis Andriessen, Erkki-Sven Tuur, Terry Riley, Nikki Yeoh and Heiner Goebbels. They have released seven CDs with Decca and now has three CDs available on their own label.

The six pianists are David Appleton, Kate Halsall, Semra Kurutac, Graham Rix, Helen Reid and Adam Caird. They have a broad range of experience, from traditional western classical music to jazz, pop and rock, African and Asian traditional music, improvisation and composition. Between them the members of Piano Circus work in collaboration with film and video makers, theatre and circus performers, dancers and choreographers, and in a variety of educational settings.

The group performs throughout the UK and internationally, with appearances at the South Bank Centre, London; Lincoln Center, New York; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Bath International Festival, the Big Chill Enchanted Garden Festival, the Hong Kong and Singapore Festivals, the Istanbul Festival, NYYD festival (Estonia), Musica Ficta Festival (Lithuania), the CREA and 38eme Rugissants Festivals (France), Settembre Musica (Italy) and in Canada (Banff residency), the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

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  • kitestring

    Nice, solid work. Too bad the project is no longer exists.

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • adorman

    I love Sextet and Tim Seddon. Why isn't there more Piano Circus?

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • M3nT4T73

    IN C played by the Piano Circus is about 20 minutes of performance, but it would need at least 1 hour and a half with an orchestra...

    6 Jan 2009 Reply

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