experimental, piano, popAug 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment
“What Makes You Beautiful” from The Piano Guys
GLTB performers, pianoApr 26th, 2012 | No Comments
Matthew McCright‘s advocacy of American piano music has brought him into collaboration with lots of composers and his standard bio starts with this list: Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, August Read Thomas, Paul Dresher, and Michael Gordon – some experimental and free thinkers, to be sure.
So it was an interesting departure for McCright that his latest recording project was of music by Gene Gutche (1907-2000), a German...
chamber music, dance, experimental, Lesbian Composers, percussion, piano, vocal musicFeb 27th, 2012 | 1 Comment
Two years ago I interviewed conductor Jeannine Wager and subsequently wrote on this site what seems to still be the only complete account of the last years of composer Eleanor Hovda (1940-2009). During our conversation Wager, her companion of 20 years, was forthcoming but obviously still grieving.
She told me that she would soon be leaving their Arkansas home and was planning to begin archiving Hovda’s studio in New...
Capital Region, Gay Composers, HIV-AIDS, jazz, pianoFeb 2nd, 2012 | No Comments
Fred Hersch isn’t a meditation guru. He’s a composer and jazz pianist. But he does know something about that elusive goal of living in the moment.
“If you think too far ahead you drop the ball. This is why tennis and jazz are very similar,” he says, in the documentary “The Lives of Fred Hersch.” He continues, “you have to play what is in front of you and what appears, and react to it.”
On Friday night he’ll...
Broadway, Capital Region, classical, Gay Composers, GLTB performers, pianoJan 20th, 2012 | No Comments
For the past two holiday seasons, fans of Broadway musicals have had special treats under the Christmas tree – the collected lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, issued in matching volumes during the past two autumns. “Finishing A Hat” (volume 1) and “Look, I Made A Hat” (volume 2) are coffee table-size books that include not just the lyrics for legendary shows like “West Side Story,” “A Little Night Music” and...
Capital Region, classical, GLTB performers, pianoDec 7th, 2011 | No Comments
Jeremy Denk, piano
Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady
December 2, 2011
Sometimes there’s just too darned much talking at classical concerts. Whether it’s welcoming the crowd, thanking the donors and pleading for more contributions, or explicating what’s about to happen in the music, all that verbiage gets tiresome.
Yet along comes a musician like Jeremy Denk who’s almost as good with words as he is at playing...
classical, Gay Composers, pianoSep 11th, 2011 | No Comments
A movement from David Del Tredici‘s four-movement piano work “Gotham Glory” (2004) performed by the composer.
Today at South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield, Mass. DDT’s String Quartet No. 2 has its debut with the Orion String Quartet.
And here’s the composer’s notes on “Gotham Glory”:
Having lived and loved in New York for more than 40 years, I thought it time to celebrate...
classical, GLTB performers, pianoJul 23rd, 2011 | No Comments
In a departure from recent tradition, the French piano virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet won’t be making an appearance this summer at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. But his local fans will have ample opportunity to catch him at Tanglewood. He’ll be appearing three times in the coming week performing the music of his countryman, Maurice Ravel.
Thibaudet will perform all of Ravel’s solo piano works over...
Capital Region, Gay Composers, GLTB performers, opera, piano, vocal musicJun 30th, 2011 | 1 Comment
Most pianists who perform with singers don’t like to be thought of as playing second fiddle, so to speak. That’s why there’s a growing trend to do away with the term “accompanist,” with its tag-along connotations, and instead call the folks at the keyboard “collaborators.”
“That just drives me crazy,” says Craig Rutenberg. “It sounds like something you did when you were French and you worked with the...
Capital Region, classical, couples, electronic, Gay Composers, GLTB performers, pianoApr 14th, 2011 | No Comments
Eighty-eight keys just aren’t enough for Jaroslaw Kapuscinski.
He knows his way around the black and white notes of a tradition piano keyboard plenty well, having studied at the Chopin Academy in his native Warsaw. But for the last 20 years he’s created and performed original works that combined the piano with video. Kapuscinski will appear at EMPAC on Saturday night (4/16) in a program titled “Catch the Tiger.”