On Friday, March 23, Lisa Moore performed a solo piano recital at La Guardia Performing Arts Center as part of Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert series, a facet of the venue's American Mavericks celebration. Titled American Berserk after a featured work by John Adams, the performance included works by Philip Glass, Don Byron, Martin Bresnick, Henry Cowell, Missy Mazzoli, Jerome Kitzke and Frederic Rzewski.
A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with whom she performed for sixteen years, Moore's resume includes collaborations with composers as varied as Meredith Monk, Phillip Glass, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Ornette Coleman. Her newest album, released on the Canteloupe label, presents original solo music by Annie Gosfield and Martin Bresnick's Caprichos Enfaticos with So Percussion.
In keeping with both the spirit of the American Mavericks festival and Moore's steadfast place in New York's new-music scene, the program focused on contemporary American works, several of which were composed expressly for her: Bresnick's Willie's Way, Don Byron's Piano Etudes and Jerome Kitzke's Bringing Roses With Her Words.
Philip Glass: Mad Rush
Don Byron: Etudes No. 4, 5, 6
Martin Bresnick: Willie's Way
Henry Cowell: Aeolian Harp
John Adams: American Berserk
Missy Mazzolli: Orrizonte
Jerome Kitzke: Bringng Roses With Her Words
Frederic Rzewski: Piano Piece No. 4
Lisa Moore performing Frederic Rzewski's To His Coy Mistress at Merkin Hall: