Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pianist with Synesthesia Performs Bach in Living Color

Evan Shinners, the charismatic young pianist who was an audience favorite at WQXR's Beethoven Sonata Marathon in November, has released a video intended to illustrate his experiences with synesthesia.

The video features a hallucinogenic sequence of flashing colors as Shinners romps through a Bach fugue on a creaky upright piano. Synesthesia, the association of colors with particular sounds or harmonies, has been claimed by classical musicians from Liszt and Messiaen to the pianist Helene Grimaud.  Watch the Video