Hilary Hahn announces new album release; ?Paris? / udiscovermusic.
Posted: January 22, 2021 12:00 AM
udiscovermusic. - Sharon Kelley writes....Violinist Hilary Hahn will release her new album ‘Paris', featuring the world premiere recording of Rautavaara's final score, in March 2021. The three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of a city that has been close to her heart throughout her career on her new recording which features her renewed partnership with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and its Music Director, Mikko Franck. Paris includes the world premiere recording of Rautavaara's final score, Deux Sérénades, Poème by Parisian-born composer Chausson, and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1, first performed in the French capital in 1923. Photo: OJ Slaughter - DG READ THE FULL udiscovermusic. ARTICLE
From the civil war to civil rights, Jeni Slotchiver talks about 'American Heritage' with 90.1WUSB
Posted: January 22, 2021 12:00 AM
90.1WUSB - Stony Brook NY, Captain Phil writes.....Following the success of the Busoni The Visionary series, Jeni is humbled to introduce something so intimately close to home. With Southern roots of her own, Ms. Slotchiver's debut ZOHO CD release American Heritage presents compositions that honor the vast African-American musical tradition as well as Union army hymns from the Civil War. There are contemporary arrangements and harmonizations of sea shanties, songs of enslaved people, and secular dances, plus arrangements of spirituals. Several compositions recall the strong, Southern voices of gospel and blues, and of the eight composers represented, six are of African descent and two of these are women. Jeni Slotchiver earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University, before continuing her studies in New York City with Maestros German Diez, the legendary Cuban pianist, student and later teaching assistant of Claudio Arrau; and Joseph Bloch, Professor Emeritus, The Julliard School. Honored with performance grants from The Smithsonian Institute and the New York Public Libraries, Ms. Slotchiver gave her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall as the first prize winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Auditions. A champion of twentieth century composers, Jeni Slotchiver is dedicated to the presentation of new and rarely heard music, and has given the world premieres of many works in major New York City recitals. Anthony Tommasini, in an article published in The New York Times on the eve of the millennium, selected Ms. Slotchiver's debut CD, Busoni The Visionary, as a Critics Choice: Appropriate For Millennial Reflection. David Hurwitz, in Classics Today, wrote, "Her wide range of keyboard color and sense of mystery are quite simply mesmerizing… Positively physical." Ms. Slotchiver participated in two international Busoni Symposiums, and she presented a historic all-Busoni performance at Merkin Concert Hall, the first of its kind in New York City in thirty years. Her three CD series, Busoni The Visionary, received worldwide critical acclaim. "No one plays Busoni's piano music with greater clarity or depth of understanding than Jeni Slotchiver. As she demonstrated in Volume I of this series, this is music she clearly loves and understands both intellectually and intuitively. There is no finer, or more committed, advocate for this greatly underrated composer working today." - Jerry Bowles, Editor, Sequenza/21, NYC. Jeni Slotchiver has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist across the world, from Manhattan's Lincoln Center to the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. American radio and broadcast appearances include, NPR's Performance Today, WNYC's The Fishko Files, WPLN's Live in Studio C, WKCR's Live Constructions, and WQXR's Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal. Profiles of Jeni have appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, Piano Magazine, CDNOW, SEQUENZA/21, Mundoclasico, Time Out NY, Café Momus (Budapest), and PЖ (Moscow). Her articles and essays are published in many languages, and featured in prominent music periodicals, including Musical Opinion Quarterly, International Piano and Piano. Following the success of the Busoni The Visionary series, Jeni is humbled to introduce something so intimately close to home. With Southern roots of her own, Ms. Slotchiver's debut ZOHO CD release, American Heritage, is her homage to the legendary composers preserving American folk music and creating anew. What was once familiar, is reborn. Captain Phil filling in for Scott with and interviews concert pianist Jeni Slotchiver, talking about her new album American Heritage. Listen to the attached file.
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Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Helias improvise together over zoom / NPR: Fresh Air
Posted: January 21, 2021 12:00 AM
Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias come together to create duets discovered in the moment in a way that is rarely heard today with Some Kind of Tomorrow. The long time bandmates, separated by space and time find a way to play in real time with one another and the results are magical. Two master improvisers and composers bring listeners up-close and personal to the first spark of their imaginations at work, recording eleven duet improvisations over the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. The music is raw, authentic, intimate, alive, and unapologetic in its passion. Their sound is deep wood and polished brass recorded with a depth that is hard to describe. They played the music, recorded it, mastered it firsthand and are now making it available to listeners for the first time as a digital download on Bandcamp. Don't miss these fearless jazz explorers as they face the future. Heard on Fresh Air, here's Kevin Whitehead's piece. LISTEN & READ THE TRANSCRIPT
Ed O'Keefe is the CBS news white house correspondent who came to play / 98.7WFMT Q&A
Posted: January 20, 2021 12:00 AM
WFMT: Chicago 's Candice Agree writes....From the age of 3, CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe toiled at a keyboard-not in typing, as unintended preparation for his 13 years at the Washington Post, but in studying classical piano in Delmar, a suburb of Albany, NY. Although he loved playing, his interest in current events and politics pulled him into a journalism career. No stranger to Chicago, in 2008, O'Keefe was in Grant Park the night that Barack Obama was elected president. O'Keefe, 37, is about to become a fixture in the White House press room, as he will cover the Biden administration for the TV network he joined in 2018. But he has never left his first passion far behind. He shared some musical memories with us before taking on his new assignment at CBS News as Senior White House & Political Correspondent. Photo courtesy CBS News) READ Candice Agree's Q&A with Ed O'Keefe.
Signum Saxophone Quartet - Echoes is the WFMT: Featured New Release
Posted: January 19, 2021 12:00 AM
An ensemble that attracts rave reviews and sell-out crowds at prestigious venues everywhere from Vienna to New York, the sensational Signum Saxophone Quartet presents their first Deutsche Grammophon album. Featuring inventive arrangements of music by composers from Dowland to Peter Gregson, as well as Guillermo Lago's Sarajevo, a saxophone quartet original, Echoes showcases the full potential of the saxophone – a modern instrument more than capable of capturing the echoes of the past. For January 19, 2021, the Signum Saxophone Quartet: Echoes is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release.'