The piano takes center stage this March at REDCAT, when the Herb Alpert Creative Music Series presents two concerts of contemporary repertoire. Known for his no-holds-barred style, on March 9, 2011, Danny Holt and his Piano/Percussion Project place the pianist amid an array of percussion instruments, calling for acrobatic feats of multi-instrumentalism. Then on March 24, 2011, world-renowned pianist Emanuele Arciuli gives an intimate concert displaying the artistry that has established him as one of the most original pianists on the new concert scene.
"As a pianist," explains The Record, "Holt is the classical music equivalent of an extreme sports athlete." On March 9th, Danny Holt will take on Andrew Tholl's hitting things won't solve your problems (but it might make you feel better) in which influences as diverse as Cecil Taylor, drum 'n' bass, post-rock, and Richard Strauss playfully co-mingle. By contrast, Sarah Seelig's meditative Tingsha explores more resonant qualities to create textures of sublime beauty. Oscar Bettison's new An Inventory of Remnants creates an epic sonic landscape by adding toy piano, melodica, glockenspiel, and metronomes. And Liza White pits jazzy piano solo against violent multi-percussion tantrums in Ballad of the Mean Angry Jazz Hater Monster!, with an LP player thrown in for good measure.
These works will be interspersed with CalArts pianists performing other interdisciplinary collaborations. Pianist Richard Valitutto and mezzo-soprano Argenta Walther perform Tel jour, telle nuit, a song cycle by Francis Poulenc paired with a film by Nick Flessa. Ingrid Lee collaborates with video artist Adeline Newmann on Synchronism no. 6 by Mario Davidovsky and 8 by Randy Hostetler, performed with an eightball. Performing his Olga the Headless Girl, with found video edited by Brian Tuthill is David Rhodes. Pianist Diane Lindsay and vocalist Laura Anderson will be performing two songs from Sieben fr¬ühe Lieder by Alban Berg with animation by Adeline Newmann. And performing her own work Moves is Emi Tamura with cellist Derek Stein and video artist Evan Pritts.
Then later this March, REDCAT will host a special one-night performance by Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli, whose repertoire, reaching from Bach to contemporary music, has garnered him awards and praise worldwide. Of his musicianship, The New York Times wrote that he has "ironclad technique as well as unflagging energy and imagination." Highly esteemed by American composers, Arciuli has forged close and fruitful collaborations over the years, building a deep relationship to the artists and music of United States. In particular, his sustained interest and commitment to Native American culture has led to the creation of pieces composed for him by several major Native composers.
This concert centers on the monumental Sonata no. 2 "Concord - Massachusetts 1840?1860" by Charles Ives, pairing it with James Tenney's own meditation on the sonata entitled Essay. Also on the program for Transcending Nature are works by Native American composers Barbara Croall, Raven Chacon, and American master composer Frederic Rzewski. Arciuli's special performance at REDCAT is funded in part with generous support from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC).
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