In architecture, the term tensegrity refers to the invention of a structural system in which structures stabilize themselves through pressure and tension. The concept can be traced back to Richard Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Snelson and describes the interplay of tension and integrity. In this sense, Laura Chihaia also tries to always consider the architecture of sound as a whole and to investigate how rhythm, counterpoint and melody can support each other and stabilize in overlapping textures. Through free improvisation and her own compositions, the pianist explores how the individual musical planes and elements can create a stable equilibrium through compressive and bending stress, and what tensile elements and catalysts can create connections. The resulting spatial structure is intended to create breathing, floating bodies and replace rigid forms.
The pianist Laura Chihaia lives in Basel and performs as a soloist and passionate chamber musician in Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Holland, Hungary, Spain and Mexico in halls such as the Stadtcasino Basel, the Konzerthaus Berlin or the Athenaeum in Bucharest. After a classical education with renowned teachers such as Grigory Gruzman and Ronald Brautigam and impulses from Sir András Schiff, Akiko Ebi and Yong Hi Moon, she embarks on a journey through the classical contemporary repertoire and the world of improvisation. She forms the Laura Chihaia Trio with Andrew Lessman and Masatoshi Sato and records the debut album Water Is The Softest Thing, released by HOUT Records, in Los Angeles. Her desire for a larger, more unified art form evolves into interdisciplinary collaborations with the Bundesjugendballett Hamburg, the UWE Festival in Munich, and the Theater Basel in Tilmann Köhler's production of "Das Grosse Heft." She receives important grants from the Lyra Foundation and the Charles E. Blatter Foundation, and in 2021 founds the Basel Forum for Performing Arts and the PROJECT AGORA, a music festival that defies stylistic and cultural boundaries and enables collaboration between artists from different backgrounds.
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