SFCV's Lou Fancher writes.....Unexpectedly, in a conversation with American Indian composer and pianist Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, superlatives like "fabulous," "stupendous," and "sensational" are frequent. It's language you might anticipate from haute couture fashion designers or theater critics overwhelmed by a successful production; hardly the words expected from a serious, acclaimed classical music composer. But if there's one word that most defines the taproot from which he draws inspiration it is "ethos."
Tate was raised in a music- and talk-filled home; and his father, who is Chickasaw American Indian is a classically trained pianist and vocalist who practiced law, specializing in Chickasaw politics. His mother, a dancer, choreographer, and professor at the University of Wyoming for more than 30 years, is of Irish descent. Tate holds a bachelor of music in piano performance from Northwestern University and a master of music in piano performance and composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Elizabeth Pastor and Donald Erb.
Tate's commissioned works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet, Canterbury Voices, and Dale Warland Singers, among others. He has been commissioned three times by the American Composers Forum and his music was recently featured on the HBO series Westworld. Most often, his compositions merge classical music with his Chickasaw culture, but also extend to include the music and language of nearly a dozen other American Indian tribes. He is guest composer/conductor/pianist for the San Francisco Symphony Currents program in a virtual production, Thunder Song: American Indian Musical Cultures.
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WAMU: Washington DC - Kathryn Fink writes.....U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo has been busy during the pandemic. She recently released her first spoken word album in over a decade entitled "I Pray For My Enemies." She edited a new anthology called "Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry." And she's set to release a new memoir this fall.
Oh, did we mention she's also been appointed to a rare third term? We talk with Harjo about her latest work - and what it means to be the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. PHOTO: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images
Critics' Point writes.....The distinguished guitarist Smaro Grigoriadou is a special case among her colleagues, as through an endless filial mood, which over the years not only does not decrease, but intensifies, she explores the sound and technical possibilities of her instrument. Her constant companion is her teacher, George Kertsopoulos (b. 1952). The Kertsopoulos , student of the unforgettable guitarist and Master Dimitris Fabas (1921-1996), has dealt extensively with the construction of instruments, especially guitar, which provides the opportunity to experiment in depth and is creating institutions that offer new opportunities to performers their. The Grigoriadou plays and records holding in his hands exclusively his guitars.
Even in the difficult times we are experiencing, the musician proves that she is present. Confirming its steady presence in the music scene, and not only domestically, but also internationally, it recently proposed a new record, recorded by the American company Delos (Delos, based in Sonoma, Southern California). This is her fourth album released by this record label.
The album, which bears the full meaning and significance entitled A Healing Fire ( A Therapeutic Fire ), hosts two musical eras composers pages of the Baroque era and three twentieth (if even two of them, and twenty-first) century. We will mention from the beginning that all the works that are heard are arrangements of the same, a fact that gives her more space and freedom to add her own personal interpretive touches.
The recorded program opens with the transcription for Sonata for Violin no. 2, in minor, BWV 1003 , by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The Grigoriadou interprets the introductory part, Grave , with the required reflective mood, proceeding then to a classical clarity and attention to the approach lighting bachianis plurality of the second part, Fuga . The third part, Andante , grafts with emotion , while her finger flexibility and energy stand out in the fourth part, Allegro .
He then explores the Night by John Dowland ( N octurnal after John Dowland ), Op . 70 , by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), completed in 1963 especially for the important and relatively recently lost guitarist and lute player Julian Bream (1933-2020). The latter premiered the play on June 12, 1964, at the Aldeburgh Festival. We will remind you that thanks to Bream, the guitar repertoire of the twentieth century was enriched with many valuable works. He had the perspicacity, readiness and foresight to ask for and inspire great composers of his time ( William Walton , Michael Tippet , Richard Rodney Bennett , Malcolm Arnold , Alan Rawsthorne , Lennox Berkeley and Hans Werner Henze , to name just a few names that spontaneously come to mind) to write about the guitar, an instrument that is completely special and really inaccessible to anyone who does not know their secrets well.
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Pianist and music educator David Korevaar recently released a recording of Lowell Liebermann's piano music – the third volume in his series devoted to Lowell Liebermann's solo piano music on the MSR Classics label – as he continues his journey of recording all of Liebermann's works for the piano. This release features each of Liebermann's original works for solo piano composed between 2001 and 2017, including world premiere recordings of his Nocturne No. 8, Op. 85; Nocturne No. 9,Op. 97; Nocturne No. 10, Op. 99; and Nocturne No. 11, Op. 112. Additional works include Liebermann's Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 82; Schubert Variations, Op. 100; and 2 Impromptus, Op. 131.
Julie says, "David is obviously a very talented pianist, but I was curious about the prospect of recording the music of someone who has been a friend for so long… especially when, as in this case, you're creating the premiere recordings of some of those works. We talk about that, as well as the challenges of being a university music professor during a pandemic and the musical works he recommends students explore. Based on his caring attitude and thoughtful list, I think I would have enjoyed having David as a piano instructor!"
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The third volume in David Korevaar's highly acclaimed series devoted to Lowell Liebermann's solo piano music (MSR Classics MS1688) continues his journey of recording all of Liebermann's works for the piano. This release features each of Liebermann's original works for solo piano composed between 2001 and 2017, including world premiere recordings of his Nocturne No. 8, Op. 85; Nocturne No. 9, Op. 97; Nocturne No. 10, Op. 99; and Nocturne No. 11, Op. 112. Additional works include his Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 82; Schubert Variations, Op. 100; and 2 Impromptus, Op. 131. Korevaar sat down with New Jersey Net's David Osenberg to discuss the recording.
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Enjoy conversations with and performances by classical musicians of local, national and international fame on The Classical Network's award winning program Cadenza - winner of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Radio Broadcast Award.
All About Jazz: Bob Osborne writes......2021 is proving to be the gift that keeps giving for new jazz releases. Curtis Andrews returns after a long break from releasing music to deliver an album which is rich in rhythmic exploration, modal and raga-based melodies, and some truly virtuosic performances. There's also the debut from Martin Frieberg, Dennis Gonzalez Ataraxia Trio's second offering, a new one from Tom Rainey's excellent Obbligato band, and a selection of other new albums which ably demonstrate the wide variety of music available in the World of Jazz.
Notes With Attachments, the new album from renowned bassist Pino Palladino and celebrated multi-instrumentalist and producer Blake Mills, released on March 12 via New Deal / Impulse!. Initially conceived as a solo record for Palladino, Notes With Attachments quickly evolved into a fully collaborative work centered around the two artists' love for experimentation. 'Just Wrong' & 'Djurkel' are featured on All About Jazz: Bob Osborne's 'Selection Of New Releases' for April.
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The first in the series of the Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast features internationally renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas CBE. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Douglas collaborated closely with Penderecki including the 2007 premiere performance and recording of the composer's large-scale, single movement work Piano Concerto "Resurrection". This 19-minute podcast, hosted and produced by Crossover Media's Max Horowitz, was curated and produced by PCINY's head of music programming, Anna Perzanowska.
Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast will present a comprehensive portrait of the composer with insightful commentary and memories from musicians, conductors, colleagues, composers, writers, and historians including Barry Douglas, JoAnn Falletta, Larry Foster, Elliot Goldenthal, Jonny Greenwood, Michail Jurowski, Laura Kaminsky, Louis Langrée, David Lynch, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kent Nagano, Rafael Payare, Julian Rachlin, Leonard Slatkin, Krzysztof Urbanski and Antoni Wit, among others.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23: LINK), and "Summer Rising" (May 28) set for global release on Verve.
Multi GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist/composer Arturo O'Farrill and nonprofit the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) announces today they have reached more than 1 million people in over 25 countries through their innovative "ALJA Digital Village" programming since its launch one year ago in March 2020.
Cande y Paulo, the Argentinian duo who caught the attention of the world when a performance of ‘Barro Tal Vez', an achingly intense but minimalist Argentine rock classic went viral on YouTube amassing over 12 million views, today announce their debut.
This is the third volume of the Danish String Quartet's ongoing Prism series, which shows how the radiance of Bach's fugues is refracted through Beethoven's quartets to illuminate the work of later composers.
Ben Rosenblum's Nebula Project music is decidedly colorful, melodic and accessible on 'Kites And Strings' / All About Jazz
Posted: November 16, 2020 12:00 AM
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Expectations are necessarily guarded when preparing to appraise a recording by the Nebula Project whose leader plays accordion. Be that as it may, any such uneasiness is quickly erased by Ben Rosenblum and his doughty ensemble whose music is decidedly colorful, melodic and accessible-which is not meant to undervalue diversity, another of its discernible points. Rosenblum, who wrote seven of the album's ten numbers, draws on influences as varied as klezmer jazz, Bulgarian folk music and even Johannes Brahms to weave a richly colored tapestry whose purpose is to entice the listener's ears with its charm and contrast.
Kites and Strings is Rosenblum's third album as leader but his first as captain of the Nebula Project. Based on this smooth-sailing maiden voyage, a second cruise would seem to be more mandatory than elective.
Ben Rosenblum doesn't just invite a diverse array of influences into his music. While his projects reflect his potent and deeply rooted point of view, the pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger positively thrives on a thrum of contrasting approaches. With Kites and Strings, his third album as a leader and the debut of the Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project, he's convened an exceptionally vivid cast of collaborators and provided them with a program of arrestingly beautiful pieces. Slated for release on October 16, 2020 via One Trick Dog, the album is the work of an artist who's found that his voice contains multitudes. Regularly employed by some of jazz's most revered masters, Rosenblum has already established a national profile as bandleader by logging thousands of miles on the road, playing some 100 gigs annually with his trio at clubs, theaters, schools and community centers, and relishing the opportunity to bring jazz into communities where fellow musicians rarely play.