Chicago-based, Austin-born pianist Mabel Kwan performs with the new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente, the improvising group Restroy, and as one half of the synth duo Mega Laverne and Shirley. She has commissioned and premiered new works for piano and clavichord which can be heard on her solo albums one poetic switch (Milk Factory Productions) and Inventions (Parlour Tapes+). Mabel has toured nationally and internationally, including concerts at Ravinia, Millennium Park, Library of Congress, and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. She appears on Ensemble Dal Niente’s collaborative albums Balter/Saunier (New Amsterdam) with Deerhoof and Assemblage (New World) featuring chamber music of George Lewis.
Mabel received piano performance degrees from Rice University and Northern Illinois University. Lately she has been improvising and experimenting with synthesizers, playing on the Option series at Experimental Sound Studio and the Charlottesville Jazz Society series. She is fascinated by sound, contradictions, and what we perceive to be familiar or strange. With a style that is detached and objective but highly personal, Mabel brings a quiet intensity and playfulness to her live performances.