The official closing for REACH’s Easthampton exhibits will be celebrated with a performance on May 4 by pianist and composer Melissa St. Pierre at the Apollo Grill from 9 – 10:30 p.m.
Pianist and composer Melissa St. Pierre has been playing piano for 25 years, and performing prepared piano music for 11 of those. While studying at Bennington College, she mounted a concert production of John Cage’s masterwork for the idiom, Sonatas and Interludes, in an interactive theatre environment. She has since released one full-length and two EPs of original compositions, toured the US innumerable times and was a visiting artist in Europe twice. Collaborating with a cadre of musicians and dancers, she has augmented the fundamentals and resultant timbres on a host of pianos. Talks, workshops and presentations include Dorkbot Pittsburgh, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, ROYGBIV Festival, Salem Art Works and Mass College of Liberal Arts. A graduate of Bennington College and attendee of New England Conservatory at the Summer Institute of Contemporary Piano Performance, Melissa has gone on to perform at several festivals of international renown: Collision Theory, La Terra Trema, BBMix, South by Southwest, Fantastic Voyagers and Outer Ear.
This performance is free and open to the public and is generously supported by the Apollo Grill.