PYANOOK is a piano recital for the 21st century. Ralf Schmid takes the grand piano to the digital age in a unique combination of instrumental and digital virtuosity. Schmid uses motion-controlling of sound and visuals with data gloves in the flow of playing and radically expands his sound palette and stage radius.
With PYANOOK, Schmid opens up new horizons for analog instruments and live performances. With every movement of the pianist, the compositions become alive and inextricably linked to him and his body. Every slight turn of the wrist, every finger movement changes the sound of the piano in a unique way.
In addition to his intensive performance, in which he uses his entire upper body rhythmically to create the music, there is a fascinating light show and visuals by Pietro Cardarelli. Triggered by the movements of the gloves, Schmid and Cardarelli interact audiovisually in real time.
The search for the essence of sound and the exploration of its boundless possibilities has shaped much of Ralf Schmid’s work. He has already worked with very different artists such as Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Daniel Hope and has led large ensembles and choirs all over the world. Within these collaborations, he has produced award-winning albums that make a strong statement for his open-mindedness.