On August 10th I will be doing my first event with Boston record label String & Fader at the Middlesex Lounge. For the Quartet event, I will be premiering Lemons, my Electro-Acoustic EDM saxophone quartet. Expect to hear some funky grooves from some of the most talent jazz saxophonists in Boston and nasty beats from some really cool electronic artists! Doors open at 7 pm I hope to see you there!
Here is a photo from Kyle Johnson's performance of my Seven Morsels in the Form of a Persimmon. The piece calls for some staging and lighting effects which help create the atmosphere for the music. Additionally, Kyle invited the audience to sit closer to the piano and on stage for a more intimate listening experience. Personally, I believe more recitals should be performed with the audience closer to the performers. When sitting close to certain instruments and ensembles, the nuanced interplay of sound becomes more apparent. Audiences may appreciate some pieces better if they are allowed to feel how the sound reverberates on stage and hear how the sound decays within the instrument. Some members of this audience would disagree with me and felt that being on stage was awkward. Perhaps the breaking the dichotomy of on stage/off stage violates some notion of acceptable performance practice. However, in other expressions of music, whether it's bhangra, punk rock, or hip hop, listeners are sometimes welcome to participate on stage along with the performers in one way or another. Why not art music?
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