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Friday June 12th at 8 pm, at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform “Music for a New B’ak’tun”, a program of new works, all New York Premieres, for solo piano (with toy piano and electronics) by American composers James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Tom Flaherty, and Peter Yates. The compositions are presented on her new album “Woman at the New Piano” released on Fresh! from Reference Recordings (FR-711).

Calendar details—
June 12 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series at Bargemusic
Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.624.4924

This innovative project of new compositions brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. With sounds and textures both new and familiar, both tumultuous and contemplative, all the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, and of cycles of rebirth. The four composers and Ms. Shpachenko offer a snapshot of the many facets of piano music in 2013, the beginning of a new era of pianism coinciding with the new B’ak’tun”. That is the world newly reborn after the widely-dreaded Mayan apocalypse of 2012.

Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are out of the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to give world and national premieres of more than 30 works by composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Annie Gosfield, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, and others. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona University and Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.

More information on Nadia Shpachenko and “Woman at the New Piano”—

The Compositions—
James Matheson Cretic Variations (2013) (World Premiere)
Adam Schoenberg Picture Etudes (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Part Suite-a (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Airdancing (2013) (World Premiere)
Peter Yates Finger Songs (2013) (World Premiere)

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Piercy playing Hichiriki at Brooklyn Bridge.

Piercy playing the Hichiriki at Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by: Masatora Goya

Bargemusic – Here and Now Series presents “Tokyo to New York.”

The “Tokyo to New York” concert on Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series will feature premiers composed or arranged for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by one of Japan’s leading classical and contemporary pianists, Noritaka Ito.

The music – in a wide variety of styles – includes premiers by Ned Rorem (Pulitzer- and Grammy-Award), Fernando Otero (Latin-Grammy Award); Toshio Hosokawa (Suntory Music Award), Yuichi Matsumoto (Takemitsu Award), Masatora Goya (Jerome Fund Award), and Senri Oe (major Japanese pop-star, now NYC-based jazz composer). Other premiers on the program are by Japanese composers Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premiers by NYC-based composers Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, Gene Pritsker, and David Wolfson. Many of the composers will be in attendance; pianist Ito and several of the composers will travel from Japan for the concert.


Bargemusic – Here and Now Series
Tokyo to New York – 東京 と ニューヨーク

THOMAS PIERCY, Clarinet & Hichiriki

Premiers by: Bachman, Goya, Hirayama, Hosokawa, Matsumoto, Mauer, Nakahori,
Oe, Otero, Pritsker, Rorem, Wolfson, and Yoshinaka.

September 19, 2014 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)

BARGEMUSIC – NYC’s floating concert hall under the Brooklyn Bridge
1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

“Piercy’s Richly Diverse Program of Japanese and American Music”
“…a fascinatingly eclectic, virtuosic program of new chamber works which contrast Japanese composers’ views of New York with their New York counterparts’ views of Japan. Although most of the works are relatively short,…the ensemble tackled the music’s wide range of demands with verve, insight and sensitivity.” Lucid Culture Magazine

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Co-Directors David Claman and Matthew Malsky present The Extensible Toy Piano Festival, an avant-garde haven for connoisseurs and newcomers to this highly theatrical electroacoustic event. The festival features performances and works by Phyllis Chen (of ICE), John McDonald, and Konrad Kaczmarek; compositions by Karlheinz Essl, Atsushi Yoshinaka, Claman, and Malsky; and guest performers Nancy Newman and mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers. Inspired by a toy piano composition contest at Clark University, Claman and Malsky are taking their treasured playthings (including computers) on the road to create bona fide musical instruments. This is a concert of serious fun: intriguing and irresistible.

The Extensible Toy Piano Festival
Sunday, June 12, 2011 3pm

Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge
Tickets: $25 ($20 Seniors; $15 Students)
Suggested Ages: 3 and up; kids are free!
Please make your reservations by emailing: You will receive an email confirmation.
Cash/Credit Cards accepted at the door.

About the Program

Phyllis Chen
Carousels, for toy piano and music box
Colura, Double Helix and Hallucinate, for toy piano and bowls
Taroko Hypnos, for toy piano and music box
Munin Raven, for music box and electronics

Phyllis Chen

Karlheinz Essl
Whatever Shall Be, toy piano and gadgets

Karlheinz Essl

Konrad Kaczmarek
32 Grains-Toy Piano, toy piano and electronics

Konrad Kaczmarek

David Claman
Piece of Work, laptop

David Claman

John McDonald
Two Formican Lullabies, toy piano, grand piano, and mezzo-soprano
Four Stand-ins, toy piano

John McDonald

Matthew Malsky
heterogeneous, toy piano and electronics

Matthew Malsky

Atsushi Yoshinaka
Bokura no Ayumi, toy piano, Japanese speaker and English speaker

Atsushi Yoshinaka

Jessica Bowers

Nancy Newman

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