WATCH | Rachel Grimes Improvises on Wendell Castle’s Caligari Piano

Last January, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft hosted pianist composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s, Kings Daughters and Sons) for an evening of improvisation on the Wendell Castle-designed Steinway Art Case piano.

Dubbed the “Caligari” after the 1920 horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” the angular, white wooden frame, which was inspired by the film and German Abstract Expressionism, encases a fully-functional Model L Steinway grand piano.

Grimes performed improvisational works inspired by the horror film and her own compositions, accompanied by a video and light projection by filmmaker Ryan Daly. 

Here’s video from the performance: 

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