Jenny Q Chai at Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess

June 17th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
August 8, 2012
12:15 pm

Having recently played her critically acclaimed New York Carnegie Hall debut, pianist Jenny Q Chai has been selected to appear on Chicago’s esteemed Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, held at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, August 8 at 12:15pm. Ms. Chai will perform Gyorgy Kurtág’s Les adieux, as well as Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana. The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington. For more information, visit

On the occasion of her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall earlier this year, Ms. Chai was praised by the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini for her “resourceful technique and sensitivity” as well as playing “admirable for its refinement and directness.” Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music, and has played at New York venues such as Roulette, Symphony Space, and the Stone. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered works by Nils Vigeland, John Slover, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, and Scott Wollschleger. Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Recently, Chai had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall. Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, at Curtis Institute of Music with Seymour Lipkin, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik. Now splitting her time between the U.S. and China, Chai is a board member of the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and is founder of FaceArt Music InterNations in Shanghai. Future engagements for Ms. Chai include the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.

The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, produced by the International Music Foundation have been presented under the magnificent Tiffany stained-glass dome in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. since 1977, are broadcast live over WFMT Radio (98.7FM) locally, and are streamed globally over The concerts are an important showcase for local, national, and international emerging classical artists, and follow in the tradition of Dame Myra Hess, one of the most eminent pianists of the 20th century, who started a daily concert series in London’s National Gallery that ran for 6 years during World War II.


Percussionist Lisa Pegher at NYC’s the cell

June 11th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
June 28, 2012
8:00 pm

Dynamic and graceful solo percussionist Lisa Pegher, called “the future of percussion” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, makes her New York City debut at the cell, located at 338 W. 23rd Street (btwn 8th & 9th) in Manhattan. The concert, held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8pm will feature works by Tobias Broström, Paul Lansky, Joe Sheehan, Leigh Stevens, and Andrew Knox. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at the cell, “A Twenty First Century Salon™”, is a not-for-profit collective for artists to incubate and present new work. For more information, email or call 646.861.2253.

Constantly looking for new artistic ways to present percussion to a broader audience, Lisa Pegher will perform her own multi-media project, Minimal Art, taken from the idea of Minimalism in architecture where the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Here, the music the necessary element, and the other collaborators have the freedom to build upon the underlying idea. This project is a collaboration between Lisa Pegher as soloist/improviser, Andrew Knox as composer and Ben Hill as the graphic designer. Lisa often performs this show in combination with other works for solo percussion.

Complete program:

  • Arena (solo version) by Tobias Broström
  • Laughing Matter by Paul Lansky
  • Vibraphone Loops by Joe Sheehan (world premiere)
  • Rhythmic Caprice by Leigh Stevens
  • Minimal Art: Music by Andrew Knox and Lisa Pegher, Animation by Ben Hill
  • No Reply by Lisa Pegher

Lisa Pegher has been described by the Boston Globe as “forcefully balletic” and by critic Marty Lash of the Door County Advocate as “a gifted passionate artist, with a rock-star aura.” She has been featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation and continues to carve a new path for percussion as a solo instrument. As a soloist Lisa has performed with many fine orchestras across the globe including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Orchestra, and Peninsula Festival Orchestra among others. In August 2011 Lisa performed with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra in Santa Cruz, California celebrating Marin Alsop’s twenty year anniversary season. She has also recently performed with the Grand Junction Orchestra in Colorado playing Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Percussion and is also performing concerti by Joseph Schwanter, James MacMillan, Kevin Puts and Christopher Rouse. Lisa gave the Wisconsin premiere of Tobias Broström’s Arena Percussion Concerto with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra in August 2010 and recently premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose and Kenneth Koon. As an advocate of new music, she also recently premiered a new marimba solo by composer Derek Bermel at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey and is currently commissioning a new work from composer Richard Danielpour.

Inna Faliks and Ani Aznavoorian at LACMA

June 2nd, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
June 10, 2012
6:00 pm
June 17, 2012
6:00 pm

Pianist Inna Faliks performs solo and with cellist Ani Aznavoorian as part of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Sundays Live” series.

Pianist Inna Faliks performs solo at LACMA’s Bing Theater on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm and with cellist Ani Aznavoorian on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm. Both performances are part of the Sundays Live series. The programs will include music by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Satie and Bach. The Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Admission is free with no advance reservations.

The weekly Sunday Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, now in its 7th decade, is broadcast live by KUSC 91.5. Each concert is available as a podcast on the KUSC website for a week following the Sunday performance.

Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker and “poetic” by Time Out New York, Ukrainian-born pianist, Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. “Sound of Verse,” her MSR Classics release of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel, garnered rave reviews. Winner of the 2005 Pro Musicis International Award, Ms. Faliks is also a Yamaha artist.

June 10th Program
CPE Bach, Sonata in A minor
Eric Satie, Sonatine Bureaucratique
Beethoven, Fantasie Op. 77
Chopin’s Sonata in B flat minor Op. 35
Chopin-Liszt, Maiden’s Wish
Paganini-Liszt, La Campanella
Ljova, Sirota 

June 17th Program (with Ani Aznavoorian)
Beethoven, Cello Sonata No. 5
Beethoven, 7 Variations on The Magic Flute
Debussy, Cello Sonata

Pianist Inna Faliks ( has set herself apart in thousands of performances as a sincere, communicative and direct performer whose virtuosity, power and risk taking serve the depth, intelligence and poetry of her interpretations. Inna’s command of standard solo and concerto repertoire is highlighted by her love of rare and new music, and interdisciplinary and audience-involving programs and lectures. These include her award winning Music/Words, where she alternates music with readings by contemporary poets, her program of piano music of the poet Boris Pasternak (on MSR Classics Sound of Verse, which drew comparisons to Argerich and Cliburn), 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg – new variations on Bach’s Aria, music of women composers, and many other programs. She makes sure to present programs that include both beloved crowd pleasers and music that is new and challenging, creating an adventurous, moving and involving experience for the audience. She is a musical omnivore. Faliks debuted as a teenager with the Chicago Symphony and at the Gilmore Festival to rave reviews, and has been exciting and moving audiences worldwide since then.

Cellist Ani Aznavoorian ( is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician with some of the world’s most recognized ensembles. She has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the International Sejong Soloists, the Indianapolis Philharmonic, the San Jose Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, and the Edmonton Symphony.  Aznavoorian has also performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Italy, France, Finland, Yugoslavia, Japan, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, and Canada. Notable appearances include concerts at Weill Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia’s Bennett Hall, Hawrelak Park, Aspen’s Harris Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, WFMT Live from Studio 1, and the Music in the Loft Concert Series. She is the principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica and is also a founding member of the Corinthian Trio with pianist Adam Neiman and violinist Stefan Milenkovich. Aznavoorian also performs frequently on the Jupiter Chamber Music series in New York. In addition, she has been a member of the distinguished music faculty at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.  In the summers she is on the faculty of the Great Mountains Music Festival and School in South Korea. Aznavoorian received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School.


Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble Plays Rubin Museum in NYC

May 30th, 2012 by helen No comments »
June 15, 2012
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
7:00 pm

Genre bending group performs original works rooted in jazz, classical, tango, & rock for violin, cello, voice, keyboards, and percussion.

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble, led by composer Steve Hudson – piano/melodica, and featuring Zach Brock – violin, Christopher Hoffman – cello, and Martin Urbach – cajon/percussion, returns to play a live show backing their critically acclaimed album “Galactic Diamonds” – on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 7 pm, at the Rubin Museum of Art, Harlem in the Himalayas Jazz Series,150 West 17th St, NYC 10011. Tickets are $18 in advance, ($20 day of, $5 student stand by, members 25% off) and can be purchased at the door. Call (212) 620–5000, ext. 344 or visit for more information.

Praised by Keyboard Magazine for his “exquisite compositions” and for “a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters,” Steve Hudson has worked with Steven Bernstein, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, and Claire Daly. Zach Brock has performed and recorded with Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, Joel Harrison, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, while Christopher Hoffman has worked with Marc Ribot, Bebel Gilberto, Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, and director Martin Scorsese.  Martin Urbach has shared the stage with Lee Konitz and Dave Liebman. In 2011, the ensemble performed at Chamber Music America’s national conference in New York and toured Italy and Austria to promote “Galactic Diamonds.”

Their newest recording, Galactic Diamonds has been called “a collection of little gems” by All About Jazz; “so disarmingly fun that it’s impossible to resist…a good-naturedly eclectic mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge” by Lucid Culture;  and “consistently engaging” by Christian Carey, Signal To Noise.

Steve Hudson is a pianist and composer based in New York City whose compositions and piano style embrace the history of jazz, blues, folk, and modern classical music, all with a free spirited love of improvisation. Recently, Steve and saxophonist Claire Daly premiered an extended suite at the Juneau Jazz Festival dedicated to the Alaskan explorer Mary Joyce which they also took to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Amy X Neuburg at The Stone

May 22nd, 2012 by helen No comments »
May 30, 2012
8:00 pm

On Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Oakland, California-based singer, composer and electronic music artist Amy X Neuburg plays her debut performance at The Stone , located at the corner of Avenue C and East 2nd Street, New York. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Selected by this month’s curator at The Stone, Gyan Riley, Amy X Neuburg will introduce new works and spatially enhanced versions of older works in this solo concert at The Stone. Using an electronic drumset as her control surface, Amy triggers live recording and overdubbing, percussion, samples, synth sounds and vocal processing, all by touching or hitting the drum pads. Newly designed software allows her to create multiple streams of looped sound, each with its own place in the stereo field, and to manipulate those loops in surprising ways. Come hear Amy’s recent sonic-art explorations as well as many of her intricate, tragi-comic ‘avant-cabaret’ classics.

A fixture of the San Francisco area new music scene and frequent visitor to New York, this is Amy’s first appearance at The Stone.

“Neuburg occupies a musical space unique to her, somewhere between rock, pop, minimalism, opera, techno and musical comedy, and she might touch on all these genres in the space of 32 bars. A genius with live electronics, she creates wonderlands of looped sound… and I’ve never heard a more versatile vocal instrument… An irresistible sweetness of character emanates from this composer-performer.” –TOM STRINI, Third Coast Digest, June 2011

AMY X NEUBURG has been developing her own brand of irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, electronics and chamber ensembles for over 25 years, known best for her innovative use of live looping technology, her wide vocal range and her colorful lyrics. As soloist she has performed her “avant-cabaret” songs at Other Minds, Bang on a Can, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), the Warsaw Philharmonic, clubs, concert halls and electronic music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. With her Cello ChiXtet she’s been presented by Yerba Buena Center, the SF Symphony After Hours, and the LA Philharmonic Left Coast Festival. Commissions include works for Del Sol String Quartet, Pacific Mozart Ensemble chorus, Christchurch Arts Centre chorus, Robin Cox Ensemble, Present Music, Solstice vocal ensemble, Sqwonk, and numerous dancers and media artists. As vocalist she toured Europe and Japan with three Robert Ashley operas and has premiered many contemporary vocal works. Amy studied at Oberlin and the Mills CCM. Among her many grants and honors she is a recent recipient of the Alpert/Ucross prize.