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Mabel Kwan

Music
Pianist

Chicago-based, Austin-born pianist Mabel Kwan performs with Ensemble Dal Niente, Restroy, big TEEN's Mega Laverne and Shirley, and Uluuul. 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. The 2018-2019 season includes performances in Minneapolis, Montreal, Mexico City, and the release of the first complete recording of G. F. Haas' Trois Hommages for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart. She is a High Concept Labs 2018 sponsored artist along with Sara Zalek and Sivan Cohen Elias. Together they will create an opera/dance/theater hybrid work informed by the theme of secrets.

 

 

 

Chicago-based, Austin-born pianist Mabel Kwan performs with Ensemble Dal Niente, Pesedjet,

Restroy, and big TEEN's Mega Laverne and Shirley. Her solo albums one poetic

switch and Inventions feature works written for her on piano and clavichord. She has performed

nationally and internationally, including concerts at Ravinia, Millennium Park, Library of

Congress, and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music. In the 2017-2018 season, Mabel

presents a series of concerts inspired by the music of François Couperin, with new works for

piano, clavichord, and synthesizer.

 

Mabel strives to create a sense of poetry, play, and tension in her performances. She views art as

necessary to community, quality of life, and sustainability. With a style that is detached and

objective but highly personal, she brings an intense focus and inquisitiveness to collaborations

and performances. She often experiments with the melding of the old and the new, questioning

and blurring perceptions of timeline and what we consider to be familiar or unknown.

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Mabel Kwan has crowd-funded a project with 3AP