The incomparable Tanya Tagaq delivers material from her highly-anticipated new album, Retribution. She is joined by vocal chameleon Christine Duncan, along with regular collaborators drummer Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, in a boundary-pushing exploration of tone, timbre, texture, and the outer limits of human expression — "an altogether new form." (The Toronto Star)
Composer, singer and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters, offering her original live score of new folk songs & fiddle music to Waters' footage, masterfully compiled in a new film by director Finn Taylor — "a beautifully coordinated melding of music and film." (The Washington Post)
New World - Into Liberty by the Sirius Quartet and Marlis Petersen is exactly as advertised: a meeting of a classical soprano and a string quartet. And once you’re here, you’ll experience something altogether different, manifested in the genre-defying repertoire, the stylistic differences between each musician, and in their virtuosic performances. Artists, it has been said, can create visions of the future. This program is an exemplar of how folks from different artistic and cultural backgrounds can come together as one.
Audience members are invited to interact with, explore and improvise on fifteen newly invented musical instruments and sound sculptures in this remarkable, hands-on installation designed for audiences of all ages — regardless of musical experience — as well people on the autism spectrum.
The beloved Brazilian percussionist, Cyro Baptista, reinterprets the music of Brazil's most celebrated classical composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. For this special program, which translates to "Villa-Lobos Gone Crazy," Baptista leads a thrilling, six-member mixed ensemble — "a homage and a romp, meticulously arranged and ready for anything." (The New York Times)
Inspired by the historical novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, composer-performer Merima Ključo's multimedia work for accordion, piano, and video traces the dramatic story of one of Jewish culture's most treasured manuscripts. — "Powerful music. An incredible story. Haunting images." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
In honor of the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, concert pianist Anthony de Mare has expanded his acclaimed project, Liaisons, for which he commissioned 36 leading composers from the worlds of classical, jazz, film, pop and musical theater to “re-imagine” one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. The addition of 14 new composers, including Jon Batiste, Meredith Monk ,and Timo Andres, creates a remarkable compendium of new music that breaks open the boundaries between musical theater and concert music.
Pianist, composer, and improviser Donal Fox is offering a new collaboration with renowned poet Quincy Troupe. This stirring new program offers a vehicle to inspire, educate, and fuel dialogue in the critical fight for social justice in America – "Powerful vernacular poems of African-American experience. These are not only enhanced by Fox's keyboard and string embroidery, but in effect turned into songs" (The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger).
Named for the time difference between the port cities of Buenos Aires and Yokohama, this program explores a marriage of Argentine nuevo tango with Japanese traditional music, while celebrating the long legacy of the tango in Japan. — "sensational… an exceptional fusion between Tango and Japanese traditional music." (Latina Magazine)
Inspired by a little-known text by photographer Diane Arbus, the Paul Dresher Ensemble & composer/vocalist Amy X Neuburg collaborate on an electroacoustic song cycle featuring ten newly commissioned works from a host of today's most compelling composers presented alongside the images that inspired them — "wonderful... a dense weave of electric and acoustic sonorities." (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Contemporary percussion virtuoso Steven Schick stars in this solo contemporary music-theatre work created by composer/instrument inventor Paul Dresher and writer/director Rinde Eckert — "the sounds are fresh and surprising... Schick's playing is often mind-blowing." (The Los Angeles Times)
Theremin Noir features an all-star trio consisting of Rob Schwimmer on theremin and Haken Continuum, pianist/composer Uri Caine and violinist/composer Mark Feldman. The album “Theremin Noir” was released 20 years ago and this program along with a re-release of the album is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the invention of the theremin in 1920.
Tango maestro Pablo Ziegler follows-up his Grammy win for Best Latin Jazz Album with a new program that sees the pianist embark on an unfamiliar but exciting journey: "Just For You" is Ziegler's first program of unaccompanied piano solos, featuring new compositions by Ziegler alongside arrangements of pieces by Juan Carlos Cobián, Alejandro Dolina, and Ziegler's mentor, Astor Piazzolla.
The ever-evolving group of composer-performer-improvisers "boasts an outlandishly diverse repertoire" (Time Out NY) and offers a suite of unique collaborations with artists Tracy Silverman, John Escreet, and Richie Beirach, alongside their visionary program New World.
Composer, pianist, and thereminist Rob Schwimmer offers breathtaking originals — wordless songs, miniature suites and tone poems — alongside popular standards, and is a champion of new modes of musical expression.
In this exciting new concert program, tango maestro Pablo Ziegler – the Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango – brings the rich Argentine musical tradition into a chamber music setting — "rapturous." (The New York Times)
With an encyclopedic ear and ravishing technique, Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin and classical idioms into intricate new works and electrifying performances. — "Ingenious artistry... improvis[ing] on several hundred years of musical tradition with aplomb and veracity" (All About Jazz).
Performing live on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the Duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates "an exciting sense of mystery and surprise." (Portland Press Herald)
Combining traditional chamber instruments with newly invented instruments in a wholly unique live performance experience — "a chance to hear contemporary classical music at its best" (San Francisco Classical Voice).
World Music & Jazz
Singer, guitarist, percussionist and dancer Okaidja Afroso is a true musical polymath. His evocative and soulful music charts a journey from the traditional songs of his youth, through to an immersion into the music of the African Diaspora, integrating the influences and sounds of international collaborators in pursuit of global harmony.
One of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument, Yumi Kurosawa's koto repertoire includes classical Japanese compositions, as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works — "mesmerizing." (The New York Times)
One of the premiere percussionists on the planet leads his quartet on a virtuosic trek through myriad musics of the world — "simply ingenious... provocative, powerful and deeply enjoyable." (All Music)
Two celebrated instrumentalists ruminate on their common roots and shared loves of traditional Balkan, classical, and the romantic, mournful music of sevdah—sometimes called 'Bosnian blues'.
Tango maestro Pablo Ziegler — the Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango — delivers stripped-down, intimate arrangements of his essential repertoire, offering a raw, elemental concert program. — "nuevo tango's leading living exponent" (All About Jazz)
Tackling both jazz and baroque repertoire with visionary takes on Scarlatti, Bach, Monk, Coltrane, Coleman and more — "one of the most successful classical/jazz unions in recent memory" (All About Jazz).
Fusing traditional Taiwanese influences with a global sensibility, A Moving Sound (Sheng Don 聲動), features the distinctive timbres of the erhu (fiddle) and zhong ruan (lute), lifted by the transcendent vocals of Mia Hsieh. Their music is a whirlwind that veers between the meditative and the exuberant with irrepressible spirit.
Two of South Africa’s renowned pianists explore their personal history coming of age in a democratic South Africa, drawing from the rich sonic tapestries of traditional musics from sub-Saharan Africa along with the nuances of South African jazz and classical music.
Two outstanding virtuosos meet in an intimate duo setting over Fox originals, as well as signature arrangements of Brahms, Schumann, Monk, Coltrane and more, for a high voltage excursion teeming with depth, swagger and improvisational grace — "Brilliant... each echoing the swift runs of the other." (All About Jazz)