I love to bring together seemingly unrelated composers who nevertheless relate. Who had an inkling that Jerome Kitzke and J.S. Bach were rhythmic first cousins? Who could have guessed that John Adams' 20th century minimalism, Jascha Narveson's 21st-century post-minimalism and York Bowen's unabashed 19th-century pianistic vocabulary would effortlessly intertwine? Who knew, period?
While Transformation and Repetion is the name of the game for my inaugural Monday show (which you can hear streaming on-demand above) the rest of the week continues unhosted but still with more thematic programming. Here's a brief run-down of the piano topics we'll be running our fingers through for the rest of the week. Don't forget to let me know your thoughts on the programming and here's to our first week together!
Tuesday, October 5: Shuffle Mode.
What's on my Ipod? Piano pop culture from Billy Mayerl's jazz-ish virtuosity and Radiohead radically unplugged to my smooth-as-scotch rewrite of the Pachelbel Canon (listen carefully and you'll hear my favorite TV theme song blatantly quoted!). Also featured are a rare, out-of-print Hindemith Second Sonata with Sviatoslav Richter and a big piece by the intriguing and talented Alexina Louie.
Wednesday October 6: Totally Tonal (well, almost!)
20th and 21st century piano music that's tuneful and often sumptuous, featuring a cross-range of rebels, pioneers, hard liners, and at least one unclassifiable (yours truly!).
Thursday October 7: Blues and Variations
Between Copland's classic Four Piano Blues and my own wild reworking of tunes used for improvised Brazilian Cordel poetry lie two utterly different, utterly ingenuous variation sets, plus a wistful, jazzy mini-masterpiece by a young composer worth getting to know.
Friday October 8: Dreams and Fireworks
The piano can be cutting and incisive (Horowitz's Chopin, Levin's Dutilleux), curvy and lyrical (Barto's multi-colored Rameau, Eleanor Sandresky's Sleeper's Notebook), or both at the same time at high octane (Biscardi's Sonata).