Pianist Inna Faliks, together with poet Vera Pavlova in Music/Words, Chopin Edition

October 16th, 2013 by Peter McDowell No comments »
October 27, 2013
4:00 pm

MUSIC/WORDS, the acclaimed music-poetry series (NY, Chicago and LA), invites the audience to be moved by free associations, interplay of moods, genres and different mediums in its 6th season.

Faliks-PavlovaInna Faliks, left; Vera Pavlova, right

Brooklyn, NY – Pianist Inna Faliks, with poet Vera Pavlova, appear in Music/Words: Chopin edition on Sunday October 27th, 2013 at 4 pm at the Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. Admission is Free. For more information, call (312) 787-7070.

Celebrated pianist Inna Faliks is the founder and curator of the award-winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words, which explores the connections between poetry and music. She is joined by Vera Pavlova, one of Russia’s most important contemporary poets, whose first poetry collection in English, If There Is Something to Desire, was a bestselling title in 2010. Faliks will perform works by Chopin.

In this performance, Vera Pavlova’s passionate, sensuous poetry, with English translations, will intersect with selections of Frederic Chopin, including the Sonata # 2 in B flat minor. Music/Words has been featured in regular live broadcasts on WFMT Radio in Chicago, in collaboration with Poetry Foundation, at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, and at UCLA in Los Angeles.

The series MUSIC/WORDS was recently praised by Lucid Culture as being “surreal, impactful, and relevant” and was described as “a throwback to the Paris salons of the late 1800s.” It celebrates links between poetry and music by presenting collaborations between exciting solo performers and acclaimed contemporary poets in the form of a live recital/reading. Music/Words partnerships have included some of the most celebrated American poets.

Inna Faliks created the series in order to foster a chance for poets and musicians to work together and inspire each other, as well as to allow different audiences to come together for these musical-literary events. New published and unpublished works are read alongside performances of music old and new and connected by content, intuition, and inspiration.

According to Faliks, “I pair performers together based on their personalities and styles, and encourage them to choose the poems and music in varied ways that are strongly and intuitively connected.”

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, intelligance 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. She is Associate Professor of Piano at UCLA, and her new Beethoven disc on the MSR Classics label has just been released. www.innafaliks.com

Please visit www.verapavlova.us for poet bio.

 

 

RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Stravinsky’s RITE OF SPRING in New Haven, CT

October 9th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
November 17, 2013
8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 9.59.42 AMOn Sunday November 17th at 8pm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli will lead the Zephyrus Project Orchestra in a performance of RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This one-time-only performance will take place at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street (corner of College & Grove), New Haven, CT. Admission is free. Complete info is at www.RiteNowProject.com.

RiteNow will include works by composers Fay Kueen Wang, Justin Tierney, Matthew Welch, Benjamin Wallace, Daniel Schlosberg, Gleb Kanasevich, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Paul Kerekes. Production designer Solomon Weisbard will create an immersive environmental design, and costumes will be created by Ksenia Zhuleva.
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In the wake of its riotous premiere, Igor Stravinsky’s monumental Rite of Spring, became a beacon of inspiration for countless
composers, performers, choreographers, dancers and visual artists. This work stunned listeners with its passion, focus, ingenuity and vehemence. Its influence continues, inspiring these musicians to present RiteNow: a celebration of the centenary of “The Rite’s” infamous premiere.
The Rite of Spring is famous for the way that it is put together – blocks of music, or “tableaux” that bump up right next to one another. RiteNow will celebrate the 100th birthday of Stravinsky’s piece by featuring eight short selections inspired by it. These will then be assembled just like the “tableaux” in the “Rite” into one memorable piece for an orchestra of massive proportions (approximately 120 players).
Praised by composer George Crumb for his “sensitive and insightful interpretation”, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli brings a visual, synthetic and collaborative approach to music that is infused by his fascination for and interplay among the arts. With his passion for connecting the 21st century audience to the concert stage, Mr. Bortolameolli enjoys conducting orchestral music, working with youth orchestras, collaborating with today’s composers and lecturing.
Further information, including composer bios, is available at www.RiteNowProject.com.

Musica Pacifica: “Baroque Splendor”

October 8th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
November 7, 2013
7:30 pm
November 8, 2013
8:00 pm
November 9, 2013
7:30 pm
November 10, 2013
4:00 pm

NGK_7746San Francisco, CA – Closing out a year which included concerts throughout the Bay Area, as well as tours to Arizona and Hawaii, San Francisco-based Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, is pleased to present their Fall 2013 Northern California Program, Baroque Splendor–Virtuosic Music from 17th- and 18th-century Europe, featuring concerts in Palo Alto, Berkeley, Ukiah, and Gualala on November 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2013. Concerts will feature Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and JungHae Kim, harpsichord. Repertoire includes works by Bach, Rameau, Sammartini, Telemann, Turini, and more.

“BAROQUE SPLENDOR” CONCERT SCHEDULE, TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! :

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA
Tickets $25 general, $20 senior and SFEMS (San Francisco Early Music Society) members, $10 student
mppaloalto.brownpapertickets.com

Friday, November 8, 8:00 pm
Trinity Chapel, Dana and Durant Sts., Berkeley, CA
Tickets $25 general, $20 senior and SFEMS members, $10 student
mpberkeley.brownpapertickets.com 

Saturday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Ukiah Community Concert Association
Ukiah High School Cafetorium, 100 Low Cap Rd., Ukiah, CA
www.ukiahconcerts.org
Tickets are available at the door or online for $20 ($5-student/child)
For more information, call 707-463-2738

Sunday, November 10, 4:00 pm
Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series
Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala, CA
$25 advance, $30 day of concert
Young people ages 7 through 17 admitted free with adult.
http://www.gualalaarts.org/Groups/Concert/2013-11MusicaPacifica.html 

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Core Members of Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and also appear with prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. They have performed on such prestigious concert series as The Frick Collection and Music Before 1800 (NYC), the Getty Museum (LA), Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), Cleveland Art Museum, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival (four times), among others. They have performed at festivalsin Germany and Austria and have been featured on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Harmonia.” Musica Pacifica’s eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including Chamber Music America/WQXR’s 2003 Record Award, being featured on Minnesota Public Radio, and being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Full bios of all musicians are at www.musicapacifica.org/bio.html.

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble at Center for New Music, San Francisco

September 29th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
November 9, 2013
7:30 pm

AnyWhen 11On Saturday November 9th at 7:30 pm, Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble will perform at San Francisco’s Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street. AnyWhen will be joined by Addleds and Lisa Mezzacappa‘s Interlopers in a program entitled Addleds Sound Laboratory #3, curated by Linda Bouchard. Tickets (available at the door) are $15 General, and $10 Members. For venue information, please visit www.centerfornewmusic.com.

AnyWhen Ensemble will perform excerpts from their work, The Bright and Rushing World, selections from their first album Walking Across, and will be giving the world premiere of a new piece, Pax Vobiscum, by New York based Filipino composer Sidney Boquiren.

AnyWhen Ensemble is: Douglas Detrick, composer and trumpet; Hashem Assadullahi, saxophone; Shirley Hunt, cello; Steve Vacchi, bassoon; and Ryan Biesack, percussion

According to AnyWhen’s founder Douglas Detrick, “This will be the first time in several years that we’ve played a work by another composer. I love Sidney Boquiren’s music – it has a profound spiritual depth to it that is really hard to find anywhere. I met Sidney when I was an undergrad, and he performed one of his own piano pieces for our class. By the end of the piece he was visibly drained, but not just physically. I sensed that he put everything he had, in a profound, spiritual sense, into that performance for our little class. I never forgot it and I’m honored to be his friend and colleague now, and thrilled to be performing Pax Vobiscum.”

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble (Portland,OR) is dedicated to the performance of Detrick’s original music and brings jazz and classical musicians together to create a hybrid music with unique possibilities. Its signature instrumentation of trumpet, saxophone, bassoon, cello and drums sets the group apart, but the ensemble makes its most significant impact with highly creative and individual repertoire, a fluid integration of dynamic chamber performance with jazz improvisation, and with its bold vision of a more diverse and more vibrant present and future for music. The AnyWhen Ensemble was awarded the New Jazz Works and Presenting Jazz grant from Chamber Music America in 2011. This extremely competitive grant, attracting over 250 applicants every year, commissioned a new work by Detrick called The Bright and Rushing World, an ambitious addition to this singular composer’s list of accomplishments. A recording of this work will be released in 2014. The group has performed at the Jazz Gallery and the Stone in New York, and on festivals including the Festival of New Trumpet Music curated by Dave Douglas, and the Is That Jazz? Festival in Seattle, WA curated by Tom Baker. The group has also performed and given master classes at colleges across the country including Cornish College of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Oregon, and Willamette University.

Timescape: Newest Release from Classical Saxophonist Dave Camwell

September 28th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
October 1, 2013 8:00 pmtoOctober 31, 2013 8:00 pm

Timescape is a collection of exciting and virtuosic selections from 1738 to the present day. Dave Camwell, who plays saxophones on all tracks, is assisted by other musical colleagues in bringing to life fifteen tracks of music that demonstrate the versatility and beauty of the saxophone sound applied to a wide chronological scope of musical styles, chosen from over four centuries of composition.

In addition to Timescape, Camwell has released two previous classical CDs, Bach-centric (2010), and Aeterna (2008) on the Teal Creek label to critical acclaim. See www.davecamwell.com for complete biography.

According to Camwell, “Each piece, either originally written for saxophone or adapted, highlights aspects of what my chosen instrument does best, namely its tonal flexibility, technical adroitness, and ability to blend and shine amongst other instruments. The saxophone has contributed much in the areas of jazz, pop, rock, and blues, and has come into its own as a classical instrument.”

Additional musical personnel include Ron Albrecht and Christy Eckerty (piano); Jillian Camwell (oboe and English horn); Kim Helton (flute); Stephen Page and James Romain (saxophones); and Mary Pshonik (cello).

Repertoire includes:
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV 1060, arr. Camwell
Niccolo Paganini Allegretto (the hunt) from 24 Caprices, arr. Hekkema/Camwell
Francis Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, arr. Camwell
Steve Reich New York Counterpoint
Michael Touchi Tango Barroco for English Horn, Soprano Saxophone, and Piano
Marc Mellits Farfalle Cotte
Russell Peterson Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone, and Piano

Recorded at Capp Audio Productions.

Timescape is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and CD Baby.