Studio-recorded album of exciting and memorable piano music by established and emerging composers. Includes world premieres!
New music deserves to be heard. This is a collection of pieces composed by three well-established composers and three early-career composers. They are tuneful, lively, interesting, emotionally moving and profound. And as far as I can tell, recordings of them are either scarce or non-existent, depending on the piece. All were composed between 1982 and 2013... this isn't one of those "contemporary" records of music that's over 50 years old. I love to play these pieces, have performed two of them publicly, and wish to create a high-quality studio recording so that the world can enjoy them.
A tentative track listing (subject to space on the CD and permission from composers/publishers):
Lou Harrison - Reel: Homage to Henry Cowell (1982)- an energetic dance with a fiddle-like pentatonic tune... and it calls for playing with the fingers, palms and forearm!
Steven O'Brien (https://soundcloud.com/stevenobrien) - selections from 24 Preludes (2012)- tuneful music ranging from lively rhythm to mournful melancholy, often in homage to the Classical era, and proving that original melody is alive and well in contemporary music
Jennifer Higdon (http://www.jenniferhigdon.com) - Secret and Glass Gardens (2005)- an introspective and dreamy piece using many wonderful pianistic colors
Pavel Konyukhov (http://konyukhovp.narod.ru/) - selections from Music for Piano Op. 21 and Op. 4 (2012)- evocative pieces with a powerful sense of narrative, influenced by Romantic music but written in a truly modern idiom
Jake Bellissimo (http://jakebellissimo.tk) - selections from Problems for Piano (2012)- these pieces investigate emotional knots around such topics as faith, money and suicide, in a searing and effective unique tonal language, by a composer who is only 18 years old
Gwyneth Walker (http://www.gwynethwalker.com) - Sky of the Eternal from Piano Book (2013),and Semplice (1983)- two calm and prayerful pieces that shimmer with spiritual and harmonic radiance
I am a professional pianist who has already independently recorded and released a CD of music designed for ballet classes (A Musical Feast for Ballet Class, available on CDBaby.) Since producing that CD I have recorded a couple of tracks at Northfire Studio in Amherst, MA. They have an excellent piano and very capable engineers who would help this project sound its best. I have also identified a company with cost-effective commercial CD replication, so that the CD would be of sufficiently professional quality to be available in stores. I plan to use CDBaby for distribution of the physical CD and for digital distribution to iTunes and other digital music stores. I am in the process of securing licensing agreements from the composers and/or publishers.
The cover image of plum blossoms is from Katy Tyrrel's library of free stock photography: http://kayosa-stock.deviantart.com/
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UPDATE APRIL 18
I now have either licenses or informal agreement to create licenses for all the pieces!
I have already begun the process of seeking permission to record these pieces from the copyright holders, in hopes that I will have permission for all pieces before the project is funded. As of March 31, I either have licenses or informal agreement with the composer to create licenses for all but one of the pieces. If I am unable to get a license for that last piece, I will swap it out for another piece. There is so much contemporary music out there!
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