Archive for June, 2008

GastesiBezerraDuo The Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra will give the Paris premiere of my suite of pieces for piano four-hands From the Faraway Nearby, inspired by paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe at the American Cathedral in Paris on July 10.

Part of the concert series Les Arts Georges V, the concert program will also feature standard French works by Debussy and Poulenc and the French premieres of American works by Justin Rubin, Terry Winter Owens, and Marlene Woodward Cooper.

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foto11.jpgThe Boston-based and Riga-based women’s vocal ensembles Tapestry and Putni will come together for a concert evening featuring Baltic and Celtic music traditions, including the premiere of my Duan Amhairghine (Song of Amergin), a setting of a 12th century poem in old Irish Gaelic for violin, cello, percussion and the combined forces of Putni and Tapestry. The piece was commissioned for this concert by the VKKF (State Culture Capital Fund) of Latvia. The concert will take place on Friday, June 13 at 7PM at St. John’s Church in Riga, Latvia.
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Other composers on the program include Robert Kyr and James Falzone. Guest performers include Shira Kammen (violin, USA), Ivars Bezprozvanovs (cello, Latvia)
and myself on percussion, playing the native Latvian shamanabunga for my piece and the doumbek on James Falzone’s Beri’ah.

The Boston-based TAPESTRY and the Latvian ensemble PUTNI are renowned not only for their vocal splendor, but also for their ambitious programming of traditional and contemporary works. The groups will sing separately and together in specially arranged selections, including new works composed by Latvian and American composers.

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