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Mabel Kwan

Music
Pianist

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.

 

 

 

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