Music of Martin Bresnick

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Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 11, 2010

Native New Yorker and award-winning composer Martin Bresnick celebrated the release of his newest album, Every Thing Must Go, with a little help from musicians Lisa Moore, Ashley Bathgate, Abigail Nims, Wei-Yi Yang and the Preludio Saxophone Quartet. In this May 11 performance from (Le) Poisson Rouge, Bresnick presents a program of works from his album that pay homage to influential composers of the past, from Johannes Brahms to Willie Dixon.

Martin Bresnick has gained an international reputation for his appealing and unique harmonic language, his numerous and successful commissions including chamber and symphonic music and his inspiring dedication to an ever-growing number of students from around the world. Bresnick has masterfully combined minimalist and rock influences with harmonies that phase in and out of the chromatic and consonant, making music that is meticulously crafted, yet appealing and accessible.

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(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.


Pianist Lisa Moore opens the concert with Willie's Way, a piece based on the Willie Dixon blues tune, Spoonful.

Built on poetry by poet laureates Kathryn Stripling-Byer and David Bottoms are four songs from the song cycle, Falling, performed by mezzo Abigail Nims and pianist Wei-Yi Yang.

Continuing in the album order of Every Thing Must Go, cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore take the stage for Ballade, a tribute to Brahms.

Performed by the Hartford-based Preludio Saxophone Quartet, Every Thing Must Go, the title track from the album, was written as a farewell to musicians who were near to Bresnick himself, including the composer's own mentor, György Ligeti.