The Well Weathered Piano
by Ross Bolleter
To be launched by Paul Mason, Director, Music, Australia Council for the Arts
Following Quarry Music Performance
7.30pm Thursday 26 October
Ross Bolleter’s book The Well Weathered Piano is the story of his creation of the ruined piano genre, beginning with his encounter with his first ruined piano at Nallan Sheep Station in 1987. His book is a mine of stories, jokes, philosophical insights into the nature and aesthetic of the ruined piano, and its home in Australian culture. The Well Weathered Piano includes stunning photographs by Antoinette Carrier. Bolleter’s working methods as a composer-improviser are at the core of this book, and it includes chapters on his collaborations with musicians such as Anthony Cormican who use computers in unheard of ways to combine with the ruined pianos.
Bolleter’s The Well Weathered Piano has been translated into French by Marie-Hélène Estève and the book has been published in France by Lenka Lente Press in a bilingual edition, entitled Du Piano-épave/The Well Weathered Piano (2017).