Watch: Pianist with Synesthesia Performs Bach in Living Color
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 10:49 AM
Evan Shinners, the charismatic young pianist who was an audience favorite at WQXR's Beethoven Sonata Marathon in November, has released a video intended to illustrate his experiences with synesthesia.
The video features a hallucinogenic sequence of flashing colors as Shinners romps through a Bach fugue on a creaky upright piano. Synesthesia, the association of colors with particular sounds or harmonies, has been claimed by classical musicians from Liszt and Messiaen to the pianist Helene Grimaud.
Shinners, a 25-year-old Juilliard School graduate, is known for using the Internet as a promotional tool, maintaining an active blog and using the online fundraising site Rockethub to fund his 2011 Bach recording. The Bach video was posted Monday on Boingboing.net.
Watch below and share your reaction. Do you associate certain keys, harmonies or sounds with colors?