MusicMaker (JLZ)

This spring and summer have turned into prime time for my piano music.

Just in the last 4 months or so the music has been performed abroad  in Malta, Hong Kong and elsewhere; in  8 different states, and at the Smithsonian;  twice at  Weill Hall/Carnegie; and was on the repertoire list for the 2012 Kapell Competition.   Two notable recordings appeared during this period,  both  of them devoted to my piano solo music; and the Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’  received one of three The American Prize in Composition 2012.

The two recordings are quite interesting:

•Three large solo works – Christopher Atzinger (Naxos)

• Two-disc survey of the solo music – Elizabeth Moak

“Art Fire Soul” (MSR Classics): 15 pieces

These two fine pianists couldn’t be more different:  One is a power-forward player whose range features  much finesse.  The other is all color, passion and impeccable technique.   Reviews have begun to appear  (passed along by the artist’s  press reps) and they’re excellent (ex.  August Gramophone).  — It’s quite revealing to put the music through such an acid test. And  largely verifies after the fact the reach  of these  disparate works written over  decades, most of them un-commissioned pieces meant only for myself to play.

In addition, NY videographer Mike Bregman has issued some recent videos focused on the piano music.   Two of them popped up last week.  One of these  - to a  light-hearted, tiny piece I actually wrote at 17, in college: Elizabeth Moak playing – he   has imaginatively  set to visuals from  the great movie “Singing in the Rain”.    This  video’s a creative remix, in part because Gene Kelly is dancing in duple meter —  and my piece is a “Jazz Waltz”,  in  three-quarter time!

Mike cleverly lines things up, catching all the music’s punctuation.      View it at:

Homage to “Singing in the Rain” – Jazz Waltz by Judith Lang Zaimont

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