Acclaimed Musician Evan Shinners to Bring Bach to the Masses with “Pop-Up Bach”

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During the month of November, Shinners will install himself in public view and recite the majority of Bach's keyboard music in daily concerts

Yamaha Artist Evan Shinners

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform the music of Bach in a language that new audiences were not expecting,” said Yamaha Artist Evan Shinners.

Popping up on the corner of 56th and Broadway for the entire month of November, acclaimed musician Evan Shinners will be opening “Pop-Up Bach,” New York’s most accessible, and most innovative tribute to the music of J.S. Bach.

In 5,000 square feet of white boxed space, Shinners (a.k.a. ‘WTF Bach’) will install himself in public view, and practice Bach between the hours of noon and 5:30 p.m., for 30 days. During the month, Shinners plans on reciting the majority of Bach’s keyboard music in daily concerts. Shinners, a Yamaha Artist, will be performing on the company’s acclaimed Disklavier CFX concert grand piano (DCFX), the most technologically-advanced piano in the world, and the flagship instrument in the expansive line of award-winning Yamaha reproducing pianos. It is capable of recording an actual performance, and then playing it back note-for-note, with exacting precision and with all the sensitivity and nuance intended by the artist.

Overnight, the Disklavier will continue to entertain the general public, the instrument’s keys and pedals moving up and down to meticulously recreate Shinners' Bach cantata arrangements, which he recorded earlier. The space will also be home to Shinners’ record-releases, featuring Bach’s music heard in a variety of genres, and will see an impressive, diverse list of guest artists. The pop-up event, which is $10 for admission, will be streamed throughout the month of November and can be experienced at http://www.thebachstore.com/.

In an ironic twist, Shinners’ month-long performance will bear a striking resemblance to Bach’s own four-week imprisonment in November of 1717 at the behest of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar for trying to resign from his position as concertmaster of the court orchestra.

Known for his unceasing devotion to the music of J.S. Bach, Shinners has toured the world professionally delighting audiences with his stories, humor, original music, and Bach-playing. A graduate of the Juilliard School and now a mentor at the institution, Mr. Shinners brings Bach alive historically, recording on clavichord and piano, and pushes Bach into the future, with eccentric electric renditions.

About Yamaha Artist Services New York, Inc.
Established in 1987 in New York City, Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (YASI) provides a wide range of professional services exclusively for performing artists, concert venues, performing arts organizations and educational institutions, representing an unparalleled commitment to the music industry and an invaluable resource for musicians, presenters and educators worldwide.

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             (914) 644-3500 ext. 700 (pgiles(at)giles(dot)com)

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