Metamorphosis is a synesthetic piece, in which the legendary film makers Quay Brothers’ animation and great Russian multi-talented pianist Mikhail Rudy’s performance of music by Janacek together pay homage to Kafka’s story, while also creating an entirely new experience of the often-told tale. Rudy wrote in his introduction: “in Prague, at the beginning of the 20th century, two luminaries, Kafka and Janacek, each created a body of work that resembled no other, imbibed with strange poetry, populated by erotic dreams and existential angst.” Born in Philadelphia, the Quays brothers early on became intensely taken with the culture of Central Europe. Thus, I thought of them right away when Paris Cité de la Musique expressed interest in my proposal of creating an “animated concert” around Kafka’s writing and Janacek’s music. In our correspondence on the project they wrote “the images need to float independently from the music to allow one to better ‘see’ the music and ‘hear’ the moving image”.
Mikhail Rudy, piano
Cité de la Musique Paris, March 21st, 2012 | US Premiere MoMA New York January 2013
€7,000 paired with either Rudy’s video adaptation of Kandinsky 1928 theatrical play of Mussorgsky “Pictures at an exhibition” (35 min.) OR an animated film, “Sound of Color”, of the composers of the Chagall Paris Opera ceiling with live music by Rudy, from Glück Orfeo to Ravel La Valse (35 min.)