What do the Moon and Mozart have in common? It would seem piano maestro Will Pickvance after watching his Fringe show at Summerhall. Performing a show titled First Piano on the Moon, intended for children, Will takes his audience on a journey with his piano through the great classics in composition and then even further, as he explores the piano lifting off and landing indeed on the moon.
Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin with some “tricks,” Will is stunningly adept at narration and storytelling whilst also tinkling the ivories, with seemingly little effort. Engaging the imagination and the senses, he incorporates the sound of the piano in various forms to not only bring to life a story about performing in Salzburg for Mozart’s birthday but also the glitch and surreal sounds indicative of outer space.
Experimental and vivid, this is a fantastic tale for kids, the music becomes ingrained in the backbone of the storytelling, and showcase this maestros ability. From the creator of critically acclaimed Anatomy of the Piano, this show is not simply for the children, as adults too seem to enjoy and indulge in the classical, the jazz, the slightly more bonkers as well as the cake. It is Mozarts birthday after all.
With no set design, nothing but Will and his piano, he manages to transform the Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall, through his visceral style of performance. Engaging, eccentric, exploratory, this one-man show is ideal for some innocent family fun, as Will culminates a world with his piano, and refined performance.
You can see First Piano on the Moon: Will Pickvance at Summerhall from 5th – 18th August at 11:30. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com