The Brazilian Rc4 Festival embraces a wide variety of technology during its performance of new classical music.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Exploring new directions in classical musical and the use of electronics, software, and visuals during performances, the 2016 edition of the Rc4 Festival began on January 8th and will continue through January 31st. Featuring an ongoing installation, five upcoming live performances, and debates and a party on January 23rd, this is the second edition of the festival and the first time the festival is being held in Oi Futuro Ipanema.

To kick off the performances, virtuoso pianist Kai Schumacher will play live on January 15th. Schumacher is known for mixing contemporary classical music with techno, rock, found sound, samples, jazz, acoustic piano, toy piano and other electronics.

During the show on the 15th, Schumacher will perform works from his album Transcription. Praised for his reinterpretations of works by Muse, System of a Down, Portishead, Megadeth, Rage Against the Machine, and Nirvana, among others, Schumacher is also known to include light installations and video projections in his performances.

On January 16th the PianOrquestra will perform with Bryan Holmes. The Brazilian experimental instrumental group consists of ten hands playing one prepared piano.

The ten hands of PianOrquestra belong to musical director Claudío Dauelsberg, percussionist Mako Tanaka, and pianists Marina Spoladore, Priscilla Azevedo and Anne Amberget and during performances, members are known to use drumsticks, guitar picks and other objects to explore the tones and the percussive elements of the piano. Sometimes with two sets of hands on the keys with two more playing on the instrument`s strings and another set beating the piano`s body like a drum, they turn the instrument into an orchestra unto itself. They are also known to integrate electronic equipment and visual elements during performances.