The Glass Sho ~ Ecouter Ensemble/David Donnelly on His Documentary ‘Maestro’)

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The latest installment of The Glass Sho features an interview with the flute/cello (and sometimes piano as well) trio Ecouter (Natalie Spehar, cello; Nikola Ragusa, flute; Amelie Brodeur, flute and piano). They discuss their all-new music and visual arts project titled Project “Three”, which will be released as a recording and toured in several locations, launching at Spectrum in NYC on 11/21, and features pieces commissioned from composers such as Rebecca Brandt, Cristina Spinei, Luci Holland, Clio Montrey, and several others.

A few minutes of the forthcoming recording (Luci Holland’s “Ash”) are previewed in this episode.
More details on the premiere and the tour here:
Introducing Project “Three” for 2014-2015

Also interviewed is film director David Donnelly, who discusses his documentary Maestro. The film stars conductor Paavo Jarvi and follows his day-to-day activities with the Cincinnati Symphony. Also featured in the film are appearances by Hilary Hahn, Lang Lang and Joshua Bell among others.

The film’s post-production has yet to be completed. David has a Kickstarter campaign set up to fund the costs of both the film’s stereophonic soundtrack as well as squaring royalties for some of the music selections.
Please contribute here:
Kickstarter for Maestro by David Donnelly

The Glass Sho: Episode 22 (Ecouter Ensemble/David Donnelly on His Documentary ‘Maestro’)

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Inhyun Kim and Luna Cholong Kang ~ On Luna’s Upcoming May Carnegie Hall Debut

Composer and founder of Ear To Mind Inhyun Kim, and solo flutuist Luna Cholong Kang had a few minutes to discuss the upcoming Zankel at Carnegie Hall debut on May 2nd for the flutist and some of the pieces scheduled for the evening. Among them are 3 (technically 4) world premieres (one of them by Inhyun herself and an existing piece by Oliver Knussen with new choreography by Coco Karol). The program is as follows:

Reiko Fueting: New Work (US Premiere)
Jolivet: Chant de Linos
Oliver Knussen: Masks, Op. 3 (World premiere of this version choreographed by Coco Karol)
Inhyun Kim: Luna (World Premiere)
David Lang: Vent
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Flute without Bass
Julia Wolfe: New Work (World Premiere)

CM: Please talk about this upcoming concert debut at Zankel Hall and the special pieces selected for it.

luna1Luna: My first performance, Olliver Knussen’s Masks, was chosen to be my introduction as an artist to my audience. Its purpose is to make my mark, through movement, as one of the many performers who strive to reach beyond the restrictions of genre.

I am ecstatic and even humbled by the fact that I will be performing three completely new compositions by three incredible composers. Kim, Fueting and Wolfe’s works will undoubtedly be marveled for years to come and I am honored to be their first muse.

CM (To Inhyun): What can you tell us about the premiere of your piece ‘Luna’ other than it having the same name as the soloist?

inhyunkimInhyun: Luna is my motivation and inspiration for this piece. I want the audience to feel and hear what I did when I first heard Luna’s play style. Luna has captured the original image, the essence and innocence of the flute. I will be expressing this ancient originality through a contemporary paradigm, in my own language. I plan to make my composition series an ode to living contemporary musicians as I had done with “Parallel Lines” for Jenny Q. Chai.

Ear to Mind presents Flutist, Luna Cholong Kang in solo recital with Performer, Coco Karol from A. Mert Erdem on Vimeo.

CM: I’m very happy to see that Coco Karol is going to have a big role in this concert–Can you guys talk about her involvement with the performance of Olivier Knussen’s ‘Masks’?

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Inhyun: Coco will be the choreographer of the entirety of Masks. Many movement interpretations will be based off of the original performance of Masks but it will all be with a dash of heart and soul from Coco Karol. We are under deliberations as to whether Coco will be performing personally on stage.

CM (to Luna): Is this the first time you have worked with a dancer as part of your program?

Luna: Yes, it the first time I have worked with a performance artist in my program. I am thrilled to be given the chance to interpret Coco’s masterpiece of choreography on stage. Working with Coco has been the chance of a lifetime, not only will I be given the opportunity to enrapture my audience with music but also expand my performance into movement. In this debut I want to become one of the many new age artists who deteriorate the limitations of genre.

CM: Can we expect to see a CD recording in the future?

Luna: Absolutely, we plan on releasing a CD recording in the near future. I am in contact with several labels and planning to release my first CD in 2015. All 3 premiered pieces will be included.

Luna C Kang performing ‘Syrinx’ by Debussy from A. Mert Erdem on Vimeo.

Click here for info on Luna’s debut at Zankel Hall

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Lawler + Fadoul ~ On Prelude Cocktail and Related Things

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The flute and marimba duo Lawler + Fadoul had a few mintues to discuss their CD Prelude Cocktail, which you folks should most certainly pick up, it is a really cool collection of preludes transcribed for the 2 instruments by these very gifted artists.

You can purchase/download the album here or on the link on the bottom.

CM: I want to start off by saying I was quite blown away by this album, it sounds incredible! The thing is, I really enjoy hearing the art of transcription–It’s so special, and some people are probably wondering how it’s so special when it’s music that already exists, but it just gives a whole other sound to something. And these pieces you guys did are mostly written for the piano–Of course, I love the piano, but it has this really cool, sort of chimey elegance with the marimba. And the flute takes up the melody. It’s a nice, fresh approach. BTW, I feel like I just said everything you were going to say, so forgive me…

[all laughing]

Zara: That’s ok, I don’t think we would have come up with the phrase “chimey elegance”, but…

Paul: We like “chimey elegance”! Continue reading

Meerenai Shim ~ Preview of her appearance at the Felsenfeld show at Cornelia St. Cafe

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Flutist Meerenai Shim will be making a special appearance in NY on Sunday, June 2nd for a concert at Cornelia St. Cafe that will consist of a full program of Daniel Felsenfeld music entitled The Life I’m Leading: Music of Daniel Felsenfeld. The show will also feature the likes of people like Jessica Schmitz, Rose Bellini, Mila Henry, Demetrius Spaneas and Steve Beck among others. BTW, Daniel Felsenfeld will be there too! :)  The show is on Sunday at 6 PM until 8 PM. This is part of a series called Serial Underground, presented by ComposersCollaborative, Inc.

Meerenai also has a new CD titled The Art of Noise, which features Danny’s work To Committee, a Self-Parody. It also features works by Jay Batzner, David E. Farrell, Janice Nisurell-Mitchell and Matthew Joseph Payne. To check out this album, click here for sampling or to purchase.

Meerenai spoke to The Glass about Danny’s work.

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“The first piece on the CD The Art of Noise is the piece I commissioned from Danny a couple of years ago–this was the project where we used Kickstarter to raise the funds for the commission. I could not be happier with the piece that he wrote me. To Committee: a Self Parody is just fantastic–I knew that Danny’s works were good, but when you commission a piece, you just really never know what you’re gonna get! I’ve been so pleased! It sounds like Danny, and it’s so creative and so clear. The writing is excellent, and the piano part is sort of crazy. It’s very challenging! And actually because of that, in the second movement, you have to pretty much do it in one take, because we didn’t want to make Lori [Lack] too tired. There’s so much tremolo throughout the second movement! I think it was just like–to be in it mentally for 20 minutes, it’s taxing! But it was a great experience to record and perform–I feel so lucky!”

Click here for info about Daniel Felsenfeld’s concert featuring Meerenai Shim at Cornelia Street Cafe

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janus are (L to R): Amanda Baker (flute), Nuiko Wadden (harp), and Beth Meyers (viola)

I happened to see NYC-based new music trio janus performing at one of the Ecstatic Music Festival gigs last February. Having only previously known them from an interview a friend of mine did, it was a very special surprise to see such a beautiful performance of these edgy and colorful pieces by SO Percussion’s Jason Treuting and The Books’ Nick Zammuto (both of whom also performed at this show). Dressed as librarians (by their own kitschy admission “sexy librarians”), janus were setting up a motif for the rather studious theme of the two Treuting pieces “Pluck, Bow, Blow” and “12 Words” (By the way, you can still hear this performance in full on the link above, but even though I’m there, don’t try to pick me out).
The trio’s Beth Meyers and Amanda Baker took some time to talk to me. Continue reading

Malina Rauschenfels

Cellist/composer/singer/dancer/flutist Malina Rauschenfels is, well, all of those.

Having earned top honors at both Juilliard and Eastman School of Music, Malina is mostly seen these days performing with the vocal ensemble Toby Twining Music where she plays cello and sings Toby Twining’s works with him and the rest of the group.
Malina recalls the day she first met Toby Twining. “My ex-boyfriend has worked with him for 20 years. He did work on Chrysalid Requiem with him, and made the Eurydice CD with him and conducted and sang, stuff like that. I just met him accidentally at a Philadelphia train station as they were about to put on the Eurydice play, and I had asked him about 9/11 Blues, which it [said in] his bio that Matt Haimovitz played it, and I was like ‘I’d love to see it! I’d love to hear it!’. I don’t know anything about it, I’d just read his bio, and he says ‘Oh, I have that on me!’, and he pulls up music and hands it to me. He says ‘But I’ve been told it’s impossible to play’, and I said ‘That can’t be impossible! I read in your bio that Matt Haimovitz performed it!’, and he says ‘Oh, that piece! Oh no I don’t have that piece on me, this is a piece I just wrote!’–It was written for someone, I don’t know who, but he gave me the music, and of course, you give me a challenge like that, and I’ve gotta learn it! Don’t tell me something’s impossible!”. Continue reading