Alone in a Crowd: Pianist Gwilym Simcock performs solo at Kerrytown Concert House
But in June 2017, Simcock played Kerrytown Concert House solo, which he'll do again on March 3.
I interviewed the pianist then and asked him how his playing changes when performing solo versus with a band:
Well, it’s great to have the whole piano to play with. Having come from a classical background, I was always used to that, but it’s something that sometimes you lose when you play in a band, for obvious reasons. I’m really keen to create a wide variety of textures and emotions throughout the concert, and really, the piano is the perfect instrument to do that on. And also, yes -- there’s a lot more freedom, of course, to go off on melodic/harmonic or rhythmic tangents, which is something I think a lot of audience members enjoy a lot as it’s true exploration and you never really know how something will end up!
For a taste of Simcock's virtuosity, check out his solo performance at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris on May 3, 2018.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.