On Friday, June 12th at 8 pm at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform “Music for a New B’ak’tun,” a program of new works, all New York Premieres, for solo piano (with toy piano and electronics) by American composers James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Tom Flaherty, and Peter Yates. The compositions are presented on her new album “Woman at the New Piano” released on Fresh! from Reference Recordings (FR-711).
This innovative project of new compositions brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. With sounds and textures both new and familiar, both tumultuous and contemplative, all the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, and of cycles of rebirth. The four composers and Ms. Shpachenko offer a snapshot of the many facets of piano music in 2013, the beginning of a new era of pianism coinciding with the new "B’ak’tun,” that is the world newly reborn after the widely-dreaded Mayan apocalypse of 2012.
James Matheson Cretic Variations (2013) (NY Premiere)
Adam Schoenberg Picture Etudes (2013) (NY Premiere)