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Gentsche Festspiele Solo Recital,

Ghent, Belgium

July 2013


This tiny young woman, Gabi Sultana, played the most extraordinary piano music I have ever heard.  Compositions by Koen Quintyn and George Crumb which were played on the keys of the Boesendorfer concert grand and on the strings inside the grand.  She exercised the instrument and herself using beaded chain on the strings, strumming them and slapping them, all the while playing the keys with her fingers, of course, but also with her elbows and forearms.  The results were  intensely dramatic, frightening, exhausting  and strangely beautiful. Some didn’t look like they could pull it off, but did.  Others were clearly in their own world and the music just poured forth . 





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