Piano Burning

Piano Burning – Annea Lockwood (USA)

Saturday 29 June, 2013
6.15pm (doors); 6:45pm (performance)

The Old Goods Yard, Treborth, Bangor – Free

Soundlands’ second season launches with Annea Lockwood’s live Piano Burning performance as part of a re-creation of her 60s / 70s Piano Transplant series.

A rare opportunity to see Annea Lockwood perform her seminal 1968 work Piano Burning – at once sound art, performance, music and spectacle. Part of the Soundlands ongoing festival of sound art, Piano Burning is hosted by The Old Goods Yard Artists’ Collective who will also follow the performance with their own artistic responses.

Beyond Repair

As prescribed in Annea Lockwood’s 1969 score, the piano is beyond repair.


Piano Burning performed by Annea Lockwood (NZ/USA) with guests Xenia Pestova (NZ/CAN/CY), Ed Wright (ENG/CY) and Sarah Westwood (ENG ).

Followed by responses from The Old Goods Yards Artists’ Collective and guests including:

  • Martin Daws – Eulogy for Strings in a Box, a spontaneous response in poetry by the Young People’s Poet Laureate for Wales
  • ScrapYardQueen – Scratch, a sound-sculpturemotion experiment between Colin Daimond, Ricardo Critchlow and Rachel Rosen
  • Urban Dance Collage – Hip Hop and Capoeira moves choreographed by Colin Daimond and including Typewriter Percussion
  • Tim Cumine – presentation on the history of the burnt piano
  • Henry Horrell – Piano Morté, interactive recorded composition
  • Brian Nylon  – North Wales’ premier Easy Listening DJ

Live Stream

Soundlands is linking up three venues to screen live footage of three of Annea Lockwood’s Piano Transplant works for one evening only.

Live Stream

Piano Burning

Piano Burning (1968 - London)

Piano Burning (1968 – London)

Soundlands presents in partnership with Harwich Festival of the Arts and The Old Goods Yard Artists’ Collective:

Piano Burning – Annea Lockwood
Saturday 29 June, 2013
6.15pm (doors); 6:45pm (performance)
The Old Goods Yard, Treborth, Bangor | Free

Piano Garden

Piano Garden (1969-70 - Ingatestone, Essex)

Piano Garden (1969-70 – Ingatestone, Essex)

Soundlands presents in partnership with Golygfa Gwydyr:

Piano Garden – Annea Lockwood
Saturday 29 June, 2013, 11am
Caerdroia, Gwydyr Forest, Llanrwst | Free

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant No.4

Harwich Festival of the Arts presents in partnership with Soundlands:

Eastern Exposure: Piano Transplant No.4 – Annea Lockwood
26 June – 7 July, 2013
Harwich Beach

About the Artist

Annea Lockwood is a New Zealand born composer now settled in the USA. During the 1960s she collaborated with sound poets, choreographers and visual artists, and also created a number of works such as the Glass Concerts which initiated her lifelong fascination with timbre and new sound sources.
In 1968, and in synchronous homage to Christian Barnard’s pioneering heart transplants, Lockwood began a series of Piano Transplants in which defunct pianos were burned, drowned, beached, and planted in an English garden.
Many of her compositions include recordings of natural ‘found sounds’ and can be heard on labels such as Lovely, Harmonia Mundi and Ambitus.


Eat & Meet

Refreshments available and informal opportunity to meet the artists while Brian Nylon spins piano orientated lounge discs.


No parking available on site. Park in Menai Bridge (five mins walk).


The Old Goods Yard, Nr Treborth, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2NX
Turn off A5 at Menai Suspension Bridge towards Treborth Botanical Gardens, Bangor, then take path first left

Please Note

limited spaces available at Piano Burning

Piano Burning poster


Presented by Soundlands in partnership with Harwich Festival of the Arts and The Old Goods Yard Artists’ Collective.
Thank you to: Dan Rosen; Rachel, Keith, Femke and all at The Old Goods Yard Collective; Roger Hughes; Andy, Xenia & Ed at Bangor University School of Music; Real Institute.
Bangor Sound City is funded by Arts Council of Wales.

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