Thursday 18th December 2014
time: 8.00 pm
venue Art Chamber, Calangute
- Secondly this is a world premiere recording! All works have not been previously recorded. Kelly -Marie Murphy who won the prestigious prize last week at the Winnipeg New Music Festival has been approached by two other well-known Canadian pianists including Heather Schmidt to record her work but she has refused to give them permission because she really wants me to do the first recording, having written it especially for me and having collaborated on the piece together before the first performance.
- This CD also contains improvisatory music which is quite unusual in the classical music field. Allan Bell's "Danse Sauvage" contains a middle section that is completely to be improvised by the performer. When this work was performed by the 16 semi-finalists in the Esther Honens Competition from around the world, every performance was unique. And so with the world premiere recording of this fantastic piano piece, there will be much interest in my interpretation and unique improvisation.
This will be my 5th complete CD recording and 4th solo CD. My first, "Music of Countryside and Wilderness" was recorded with the violin, cello, piano trio Music Mosaic which included the premiere recording of Allan Bell's "Innua" as well as his work for cello and piano entitled "Monashee". The second was with SNE Montreal label and included piano works by the French-Canadian composers Papineau-Couture and Morel as well as Spanish music. The third titled "Ancient Gardens" featured solo piano works by Canadian, French, and Brazilian composers depicting sound images of gardens. My most recent "Polaris" was devoted entirely to Canadian solo piano music by Chan Ka Nin, Allan Bell, Brent Lee, David Eagle, Hope Lee, and Alexina Louie.
I try to be sensitive to my audience's response to the works I perform and so these are all works that communicate. Although "new music" is often considered interesting to a small audience, I have discovered as an interpreter and performer that many people have been surprised to discover they liked or were moved by music they never would have imagined enjoying. These pieces I plan to record have resonated with audiences in this way and I know they will want to share their experience with others by passing on the CD. In this way, education is a secondary but equally important artistic value, thus enhancing cultural literacy. Recordings offer the luxury of repeat performances in the intimate setting of the home where the music can communicate more deeply and be understood better.
At this point in my mid-career, this recording is very important to me and I have put much thought into it for several years. It will stretch my capabilities as a performer both technically and artistically. Each previous recording I have made has included Canadian repertoire, but this will be my second CD dedicated entirely to contemporary Canadian music. All of my previous recordings have received a great deal of exposure on CBC, both regionally and nationally. You can also notice from my enclosure from the National Post front page a few years ago that they have ranked me among the top five Canadian pianists of contemporary music today.
This CD will heighten awareness of the high quality of newly composed piano music coming out of our province both nationally and internationally. In my career it will allow me to showcase many new works of varying styles to New Music Festivals and concert promoters especially in countries other than Canada.