APRIL 2: STEVE HOROWITZ’s Release Party For Stations of the Breath
APRIL 2 & 3: Installations Of Works by Dan Becker, Anthony Coleman, Fred Frith, Annie Gosfield, Seth Horvitz, Dafna Natalli, Veniero Rizzardi, Frank Rothkamm, Carl Stone, Hans Tammen, and more.
WHITE BOX, 329 Broome St., New York City
Presented by Electronic Music Foundation, The Extended Piano Festival presents a series of concerts and installations highlighting the unique and rarely composed-for Disklavier. A robotic, MIDI controlled, grand piano, the Disklavier allows composers to create works with techniques and dynamics beyond human capabilities and to be presented without a performer. These characteristics make it an instrument challenging for composers and particularly qualified for installed works.
On Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m., Elliott Sharp will curate an evening of old and new works for the Disklavier, displaying the instrument’s wide range of possibilities. The evening will feature:
* Luke DuBois: Equilibrium (Premiere).
* Lukas Ligeti: Premiere
* Stefano Bassanese: Arbelos (U.S. Premiere), performed by Jenny Lin on piano, assisted by Veniero Rizzardi.
* Nicolas Collins: The Talking Cure, for recitation, electronics and Disklavier.
* Miya Masaoka: Balls, an arrangement for Laser Koto, Disklavier and extra large Ping Pong balls.
* Elliott Sharp: Nolnoc for bass clarinet, Disklavier, and electronics.
* Pamela Z’s pf, a structured improvisational work for voice, electronics, disklavier, and ultrasound controller. Pamela Z will also perform a version of Unknown Person (from Baggage Allowance) with an added diskavier interlude.
On Saturday, April 2nd at 8 p.m., Steve Horowitz will celebrate the release of Stations of the Breath: Music for Disklavier (2010) – a disc highlighting the composer’s activities on the Yamaha Disklavier, both in solo performance/composition and in duet settings. Live performers include Dave Eggar on cello, Elliott Sharp on guitar/bass clarinet, and on percussion. “The moods are straightforward, the ideas are right on the surface, and the execution is well worth experiencing” (Sequenza21).
In addition to the two nights of performances, Sharp and Horowitz will curate a body of installed works for the Disklavier to be presented for audiences to visit at their leisure during daytime hours, on April 2 & 3. These will include pieces by composers Dan Becker, Anthony Coleman, Fred Frith, Annie Gosfield, Seth Horvitz, Dafna Natalli, Veniero Rizzardi, Frank Rothkamm, Carl Stone, Hans Tammen, and more.
April 1-3, 2011
Performances on April 1 and 2 are at 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Saturday from 12-4 p.m.; Sunday from 12-6 p.m.
$15/$10 for students/seniors and EMF members.
The installations are free of charge and open to the public.
Yamaha Disklavier grand piano provided courtesy of Yamaha Corporation of America.