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“The Poetry of Places”

Nadia Shpachenko, piano
1 World Premiere, 5 NY Premieres

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Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko performs her newly-commissioned program “The Poetry of Places,” including the World Premiere of Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark by James Matheson, and 5 New York Premieres by Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Jack Van Zandt. The compositions are inspired by diverse buildings: House on Island in Pine Plains, NY, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, the Aaron Copland House, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland.

PROGRAM

Lewis Spratlan Bangladesh (2015) (NY Premiere)
Harold Meltzer In Full Sail (2016) (NY Premiere)
James Matheson Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark (2016) (World Premiere)
Hannah Lash Give Me Your Songs (2016) (NY Premiere)
Amy Beth Kirsten h.o.p.e. (2016) (NY Premiere)
Jack Van Zandt Sí an Bhrú (2016) (NY Premiere)

About the Artist:

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and REDCAT @ Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 50 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s CD “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “Quotations and Homages” features newly-written solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “The Poetry of Places” features new solo and collaborative works (performed with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz) inspired by diverse buildings.

Nadia Shpachenko is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.

Web: http://nadiashpachenko.com

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Nadia Shpachenko and Danny Holt
Piano Spheres Satellite Artists Concert

Music @ Boston Court
May 20, 2016, Pasadena, CA
Tickets: $30/$25/$20
$5 off discount code: MusicBC

A program of solo piano (and toy piano) works inspired by buildings and places. Shpachenko performs excerpts from her “Poetry of Places” program, including 3 world premieres by Hannah Lash, Harold Meltzer, and Jack Van Zandt, and new works by Amy Beth Kirsten and Lewis Spratlan. The compositions are inspired by diverse buildings: the Aaron Copland House, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh. Holt’s program explores early 20th century repertoire by Copland, Villa-Lobos, Honegger, and Mosolov: with musical evocations of Mexico, Brasil, the Suisse-Romande, and Turkmenistan.

Nadia Shpachenko will also perform her “Poetry of Places” program (new works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, Harold Meltzer, Andrew Norman, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt) on May 23 at Cal Poly Pomona (with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz), on May 26 at UCLA, on June 15 at MiMoDa Studio.

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and REDCAT @ Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 50 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s CD “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance by Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Tom Flaherty’s “Airdancing” for Toy Piano, Piano and Electronics, and Producer of the Year, Classical for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “Quotations and Homages” features newly-written solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. Nadia’s upcoming recording project “The Poetry of Places” features new solo and collaborative works (performed with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and percussionists Nick Terry and Ted Atkatz) inspired by diverse buildings.

Nadia Shpachenko is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.

Web: http://nadiashpachenko.com

Pianist Danny Holt is one of a new generation of innovative young musicians ushering classical music into the 21st century. Called “phenomenal” by the late music critic Alan Rich (SoIveHeard.com), and hailed as one of the “local heroes” of the Los Angeles music scene (LAcitybeat.com), Holt brings his boundless energy and wit to unique interpretations of new music, 20th-century music, and obscure, unusual, and neglected repertoire.

Among Holt’s ambitious solo projects is The Piano/Percussion Project. Over 20 composers have created new works for Holt’s unique setup in which he plays piano and an array of percussion instruments simultaneously. Holt continues to unveil new versions of The Piano/Percussion Project, and recent performances include appearances at REDCAT (Los Angeles), CNMAT (Berkeley), The Switchboard Festival (San Francisco), Rice University,  Princeton University, and CalArts.

In addition to championing the works of emerging composers, Holt has worked with composers such as Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Christian Wolff, James Tenney, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, and many others. Holt’s Fast Jump CD (Innova, 2009) was a featured new release on both WNYC and iTunes, and includes world premiere recordings of works by David Lang (co-founder of Bang on a Can), Caleb Burhans, Lona Kozik, Graham Fitkin, and Jascha Narveson. Gramophone called the disc “a compelling showcase for Holt’s innate virtuosity and gregarious temperament” and Sequenza21.com called Holt’s playing “brilliant”. His subsequent albums include the self- released disc release (2010), Skaller/Holt Duo’s Music of Mark Dresser (pfMENTUM, 2011), and two albums as part of the piano duo 4handsLA: Paris 1913 (2013) and Petrushka (2014). Among Holt’s ambitious solo projects is The Piano/Percussion Project.

He teaches at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) and College of the Desert (Palm Desert), and he is the chair of the music program at The Academy of Creative Education at The Oakwood School (North Hollywood).

Web: http://dannyholt.net

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PIANO SPHERES AT REDCAT PRESENTS
SATELLITE SERIES ARTIST NADIA SHPACHENKO
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 WITH “IN FULL SAIL”

Program of Works for Piano, Toy Piano, Percussion, Electronics, and
Multimedia Featuring Three World Premieres

The Piano Spheres Series at REDCAT opens with Satellite Artist pianist Nadia Shpachenko. Described by critics as “spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she enjoys bringing into the world powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. The program IN FULL SAIL will feature piano, toy piano, percussion, electronics, and multimedia in works composed for Nadia by seven American composers in 2013 and 2015. The composers in the program are Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, and Peter Yates. The Satellite Series is co-presented with REDCAT, with recitals held at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT THEATRE, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets are available at REDCAT or the box office, or for information go to www.pianospheres.org.

The title of the concert IN FULL SAIL is taken from Frank Gehry’s description of the IAC Building in Manhattan as “a tall ship in full sail” with a similar reference from the Los Angeles Times to the Walt Disney Concert Hall as “a galleon in full sail.” Harold Meltzer’s new piano piece, In Full Sail, was written about the first building, but will have its World Premiere at REDCAT – part of the second. This concert presents the world premieres of three architecture-inspired works commissioned by Piano Spheres. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan’s Bangladesh conveys the transformative hope of Louis Kahn’s Government Center in Dhaka. The American Academy in Berlin fellow Annie Gosfield’s The Dybbuk on Second Avenue reflects the changing mix of influences in one theater in the Lower East Side’s “Jewish Rialto” over the years: from Yiddish theater to burlesque, from Chekhov to William Burroughs. Pulitzer Prize finalist Harold Meltzer’s In Full Sail responds to Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan, reflecting the structure and the movement of people around and through it.

This concert also features works from Nadia’s recently released album Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013. Tom Flaherty’s composition Airdancing for piano, toy piano, and electronics “is based on stunning videos of Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, the second stage of a rocket falling from edge of space into the ocean, and people jumping off cliffs in wing suits. Many of the musical gestures fall or float, and pitches, rhythms and sounds often turn to frenzied dance,” according to the composer. Peter Yates’ piece Finger Songs uses various means to bring to the keyboard the syllabic accents, timbres and articulations of speech or vocal music. Off-beat dissonances resolve to on-beat pure tones, with syncopations flickering around beats present or implied. Adam Schoenberg’s composition Picture Etudes started as a commission to write a 21st century Pictures at an Exhibition. The composer says of the pieces “Unlike Modest Mussorgsky, who set all of his movements to the work of Viktor Hartmann, my piece brings eight seemingly disparate works of art to musical life. In honor of Mussorgsky and his original work for solo piano, four of the ten movements were conceived in the form of piano etudes and later orchestrated.” James Matheson’s Cretic Variations is a virtuosic fantasy on the simple rhythmic motif of long-short-long “which is enormously versatile in music and can be alternately thunderous and playful, melancholy and spirited. There is scarcely a measure in which this rhythm or some closely-related version of it is not sounding somewhere on the instrument.”

In 2016 Nadia will premiere three more new works written for the architecture-inspired program by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, and James Matheson at the New Music Gathering and at Boston Court.

Nadia Shpachenko – “In Full Sail”

October 27, 2015, 8:30pm

Tom Flaherty – Airdancing for piano, toy piano, and electronics (2013)
with Genevieve Feiwen Lee

Peter YatesFinger Songs (2013)

Adam SchoenbergPicture Etudes (2013)

James MathesonCretic Variations (2013)

Harold MeltzerIn Full SailWorld Premiere, Piano Spheres commission

Annie Gosfield – The Dybbuk on Second Avenue World Premiere, Piano Spheres commission

Lewis Spratlan – BangladeshWorld Premiere, Piano Spheres commission

Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Nadia enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. She performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often feature recitation, electronics and multimedia.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has performed world and national premieres of numerous piano, string piano, and toy piano works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Yuri Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Diego Vega, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others.

Nadia’s concerts included solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chamber performances at the Hear Now, Sarasota, and Montecito Music Festivals, and concerto appearances with the Kharkov Philharmonic and the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Nadia frequently collaborates with prominent artists, including Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Justin DeHart, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Maja Jasper, Genevieve Lee, Timothy Loo, Jerome Lowenthal, Marek Szpakiewicz, Nick Terry, and the Lyris Quartet.

Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works,” Nadia’s World Premieres CD Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013 was released worldwide on the Reference Recordings label in November 2014. Her upcoming recording project The Poetry of Places will bring together music and architecture in works written for her by Annie Gosfield, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Lewis Spratlan. Nadia currently serves on the faculties of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Born in Ukraine, and now a long time Southern Californian, Nadia Shpachenko resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and twin sons.

On Monday, October, 26, 3:00-4:30pm there will be a free workshop at Boston Court with Nadia and composers Lewis Spratlan and Harold Meltzer, facilitated by Piano Spheres artist Vicki Ray. The workshop allows the audience an opportunity to interact with all the principals. The mentee, mentor, and composers will address the audience to describe the process of creating.

More information on Nadia Shpachenko and “Woman at the New Piano”—
http://nadiashpachenko.com

The Satellite Series is a central component of Piano Spheres’ 20th Anniversary Celebration and offers a direct tie to the spirit of the organization’s founding. When the late Leonard Stein launched Piano Spheres in 1993, he did so with four young pianists whom he had mentored at USC. In the two decades since, these four Piano Spheres artists – Gloria Cheng, Vicki Ray, Mark Robson and Susan Svrcek – have become recognized as among the foremost interpreters of contemporary works for piano. Much as Stein mentored them, they now mentor the next generation of pianists in introducing these emerging artists to a broader audience.

Piano Spheres supports and encourages the composition and performance of major new works for the piano. It expands the piano repertoire by commissioning new music and sustaining a concert series of the highest artistic quality which focuses primarily on pieces by contemporary composers. In its concerts, Piano Spheres provides a context for these new works by including lesser-known music by established composers whose compositions influenced the course of piano music.

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Contact:

Information:           Heidi Lesemann, 323-226-0326 – heidi.lesemann@gmail.com
Press:                         Sylvi C Brown, 310-702-5847 – scbrownpr@msn.com
Artistic Director:   Catherine Uniack, 323-935-0729 – pianospheres@mac.com

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Five Nights of Performances February 19-27th in New York City

Avant Media, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to collaborative performance, announced today the first ever Avant Music Festival. The Festival presents five nights of live performances – February 19th-27th at Wild Project in New York City. The Avant Music Festival features some of the most talented young interpreters in New York, highlighting the influence of the performer on experimental music from the 20th century and today.
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The Avant Music Festival is Avant Media’s first festival of music exploring the nature of collaboration. The performer is a critical and powerful influence on both the composition and realization of some of the most influential music of the last 70 years. The performers appearing are dedicated to the vibrant history and the exciting future of modern classical music. The festival is curated by Avant Media artistic director, Randy Gibson, and experimental vocalist Megan Schubert to reflect the intense and multi-faceted relationship between composer and performer and features works by Luciano Berio, Caleb Burhans, John Cage, Brian Ferneyhough, Randy Gibson, Alexander Knaifel, Harold Meltzer, Stuart Saunders Smith, John Steimetz, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

“I prefer to write music not for instruments, but for performers,” said Gibson, the brooklyn-based minimalist composer, student of La Monte Young, and artistic director of Avant Media whose work bookends the show. “For me, the relationship I have with my performers is the most valuable I have. It is this collaboration of ideas and process that leads me to a higher plane of understanding of my work, and allows me to push the performers and audience to that same plane.”

The full list of performances is as follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars, an immersive sound world of pure primal harmonic relationships and visceral, improvised melodies from violins and just intonation toy organs. With special guest soloist: experimental violinist, champion of new music, and founder of the distinguished FLUX quartet, Tom Chiu.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, An evening of works by John Cage featuring members of the loadbang ensemble, MIVOS quartet, Megan Schubert, Randy Gibson, and Jude Traxler performing String Quartet in Four Parts, One4, Two3, and Songbooks
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, Music für Solisten, Solo performances by some of the most talented young interpreters in New York, featuring: Nicole Camacho, Annie Lyle, Mariel Roberts, Megan Schubert, Jude Traxler and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
  • Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, featuring Am Himmel wandre Ich performed by Megan Schubert and Jeff Gavett and Die 7 Lieder der Tage performed by Christie Finn.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars, with guest soloist William Lang
  • Tickets to individual concerts for $15, $5 for students, and Festival Passes, as well as multi-night subscriptions, are now available exclusively from www.avantmedia.org . All performances will start at 8PM at Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street.

    ABOUT AVANT MEDIA
    Avant Media supports the production and performance of collaborative artistic projects. Focusing on live performance, film, and installation, Avant Media promotes a method of parallel collaboration that engages all members of the creative team from concept through realization. For more information please visit http://www.avantmedia.org/ or follow Avant Media on Twitter @avantmedia.

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