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: