On May 29, 2012, pianist and composer Timothy Andres presented a unique program reflecting his eclectic musical tastes and influences. With selections ranging from Brahms to Ingram Marshall to his own compositions, the evening showcased the breadth of Andres capabilities as both a performer and composer.
Recorded live at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the evening was centered around concepts of influence and homage. Andres opened the performance with excerpts from fellow Sleeping Giant Ted Hearne's work Parlor Diplomacy, a sort of caricature of the Classical tradition, containing fragments of Brahms's Intermezzo, Op. 119 (a composition that was revisited in its "original" form a few pieces later).
The show featured two of Andres's own "tribute numbers:" the meditative How can I live in your world of ideas?, which contains quotes of Beethoven and Chopin, and It takes a long time to be a good composer, composed as an homage to Schumann - whose Vogel als Prophet was featured later in the program. Another appropriate and direct tribute was the inclusion of Authentic Presence, a mesmerizing piece by Andres's Yale mentor, composer Ingram Marshall.
The evening's final number was a sneak peek at a new original for two pianos called Retro Music. Andres was joined on stage by guest pianist David Kaplan to deliver the composition's first "public" performance.