Concert: Edward Chilvers – The Future Is Polyrhythmic
- Fri 02 Mar 2018
- 7:00 pm
Music As Medicine is back with a special one-off event showcasing a very unique musician and composer, Edward Chilvers.
Eddie brought his guitar and stunning voice to perform at the first Music As Medicine in November 2016.
We are excited to bring back this multi-instrumentalist to Manchester to share his incredible compositions on piano – his principal instrument.
Edward began playing piano at age of four. He was performing at twelve, teaching by fourteen and has been making a living playing and teaching the piano since leaving school at sixteen. But Eddie – a Young Steinway artist – is also a composer seeking to stretch the capacity of what is humanly possible to play on the piano.
2017 saw the release on Mozart Records of Eddie’s ’12 Etudes’, his series of original piano compositions. The works explore the idea of polyrhythmy – ‘a rhythm which makes use of two or more different rhythms simultaneously’. Each Etude using different rhythmic ratios. There are echoes of Chopin, Debussy and Liszt and the result is beautiful and haunting. Eddie was hugely inspired by the Bwiti music of Gabon in West Africa, which has an incessant, intense use of polyrhythm via harp, voice, drums and other instruments. This concert, including a talk by Eddie about his unique approach, will be an inspiring exploration of music, maths, improvisation, harmonics, polyrhythm, consciousness and patterns in nature. A second live set will comprise of improvisations based on audience suggestions and requests.
“I spent three years training my hands to play all the different permutations of rhythmic ratios, and the studies are the consequence of this experimentation.” Edward Chilvers