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  • New Album Seven Morsels

    New Album Seven Morsels

    After nearly a year since Daniel Padgett recorded the music, Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon is now available through this site, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.  Originally written for the Charlotte New Music Festival, I thought I should distribute this piece as far I can through online streaming services.  Recording this piece with Daniel was an absolute pleasure, and I hope that you will enjoy listening.

    Recorded in the Edward M. Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music, this piece gave me an opportunity to experiment with piano recording techniques.  In my opinion, most traditional recordings of classical piano do not accurately capture the sonic qualities of performing the piano.  During the recording session, I used a pair of mics to capture the sound of the piano in the wooden hall and also another pair of mics inside the piano to capture the resonance in the instrument.  Hopefully, as you listen, the sounds of the Steinway piano will immerse you in its warm ringing overtones.  

    To complimented the understated nature of the piece, the album cover features an image of a persimmon by the talented designer Tandeka Lauriciano.  For me, the minimal composition, the exposed wooden grain, and the color play between the orange persimmon and the blue plate captured the essence of the music.  Please enjoy the image while listening to the music below:

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  • Kyle Johnson

    Kyle Johnson

    I am pleased to announce that the talented pianist and new music advocate Kyle Johnson will be performing my Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon as part of his Master of Music graduating recital.  I am truly honored and humbled that Kyle would choose to perform this piece.  Please join me in support of Kyle in what promises to be a concert full of exciting music from Bach to Berg and beyond.  In addition to the Seven Morsels, Kyle will perform:

    J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue in F# minor, WTC Book 2
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in A, Op. 101
    Franz Liszt: Dante Sonata 
    Alban Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
    Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonata No. 6

    The Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon was premiered during the Charlotte New Music Festival in 2013 by Dr. Tomoko Deguchi and recorded during December 2013 by another Boston-area pianist Daniel Padgett for an upcoming album release.  Please stay tuned for more exciting announcements.


    Kyle Johnson - Master of Music Graduating Recital

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 5 pm

    Edward M. Pickman Hall

    Longy School of Music of Bard College

    27 Garden Street Cambridge, MA

  • New Recordings of Grace in the Wind

    New Recordings of Grace in the Wind

    I am very happy to release the new complete recordings of Grace in the Wind, a three part art song in collaboration with poet Mary Bonina, commissioned by soprano Caitlin McCarville.  Working on this piece has brought me tremendous joy and I am excited to share this music with you.  Since it's premiere last Fall, this piece has opened many doors for me including a teaching artist project at the Conservatory Lab Charter School and a concert at my alma mater Davidson College.  The poetry melds together Mary's experience, my personal story about my mother, and recipes from a Southern cookbook written for Dr. John Morrison by his mother, in a celebration of motherhood and an appreciation for the daily life lessons mothers teach their children.

    I'd like to thank Caitlin McCarville, James Rosamilia, and Elizabeth Chladil for bring such wonderful life to this music and also thank Elizabeth Sterling for creating the cover art.  

    I hope you enjoy the music!