The new age thinking virtuoso – Nicolas Namoradze

Many of today’s pianists no longer identify exclusively with the romantic notion of the role of a performer as an inexplicable force of nature, providing a podium for the genial hinge of mysterious wonder. Such “virtuosity,” often applied dismissively and loaded with self-expressed emotional context, bears the risk of providing cover for ignorance in the interpretation of the exacting rationale and tactile process of mediating historic truths and accuracies within a composer’s work. In...
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Meeting, Greeting and Great Art

On Wednesday, April 17th, visitors at the Louis Meisel Gallery in Soho, celebrating Pianofest in the Hamptons, were treated to pianist Michael Brown’s deliciously delivered pianistic morsels with an ephemeral selection of even briefer pieces, written in episodic shorthand by Leonard Bernstein (from Anniversaries and West Side Story Suite) and Aaron Copland (El Salón México). Photo: GetClassical.org – Ilona Oltuski, selfie with narrator D.Terry Williams Surrounded by the collection of the gallery’s PhotoRealism, founder...
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In Review : Alex Weiser's "And All The Days Were Purple"

In his debut release And All The Days Were Purple, Alex Weiser couriers his dynamic approach in close proximity to the narrative arch of its underlying text, Yiddish and English poems by Anna Margolin, Edward Hirsch, Rachel Korn, and Abraham Sutzkever. A deeply personal quest submerges throughout queries within the framework of modern (American) culture and secular Jewish identity. Eliza Bagg’s strident voice leads through the song-cycle’s deft interspersing sound textures realized by Lee Dionne, piano,...
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The Shed opens today, April 5, with commissioned new works in the performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture in the Bloomberg building’s innovative, flexible spaces

Evening view of The Shed from 30th Street. Photo: Iwan Baan, courtesy The Shed. Project: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect. Housed in The Bloomberg Building—designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect—the structure features an innovative, movable structure that adapts to support new work of all kinds. The Shed’s primary program spaces include two floors of expansive galleries, the versatile 500-seat Griffin Theater,...
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Ian Hobson – multi-tasking between academia and artistry

While in town for his Zankel Hall debut, the English-American pianist, conductor and educator talks about his prolific output and some future projects still in the making. Upon first sight, Ian Hobson’s tall, commanding stature recalls that of Van Cliburn, the celebrated American pianist of the World War II generation. Fun fact: 28 years Van Cliburn’s junior, Hobson, who only made it into the first round of the Van Cliburn during one of his...
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Breath and Hammer II: collective convergence for a personal itinerary – David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg at the Berlin Boulez Saal

Clarinetist/Composer David Krakauer and pianist/composer Kathleen Tagg premier an eclectic musical journey, newly conceptualized for the “audience-in-round configuration” of Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. Photo: courtesy of Kathleen Tagg and David Krakauer at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, set up for the performance on March 7th and 8th, 2019   “We are excited to perform a greatly expanded version of our Breath and Hammer program that evolved in increments since 2015. It incorporates our arrangements of...
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Violinist Filip Pogády – Social Media is my Agent

There is more to dashingly handsome violinist Filip Pogády than meets the eye. While he worked as a model for the world-famous Elite agency, becoming a poster child for big name brands like Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, Pogády’s heroes remain the old school violin masters of the Golden Age. His heart belongs – as it did growing up in Linz, Austria – to the sounds of Heifetz, Menuhin, and Oistrakh. Working out is...
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The Goffriller cello of the legendary Pablo

Amit Peled releases recording of Bach Suites (Volume I) on the Goffriller cello of Pablo Casals  (Illustration by Avi Katz) We all love a good story told with the vivid imagination of an artist; it is even better when the story is based on life’s authentic puzzle pieces, connecting the dots to confirm an important message: that good things happen to good people. When it comes to musical storylines, Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled has...
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Concerts and the City – Urban Storytelling with Daniel Libeskind

This article is the full version of the article published in its edited version by LISTEN MAGAZINE, under the same title. – All photos courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind – There is a deeply affecting quality about star architect Daniel Libeskind’s simple, elegant elucidations, which possess an air of truth that never fails to inspire. Perhaps most essentially, they offer a glimpse into the deeply enthusiastic and positive worldview so inherent in all of his endeavors. “You have to...
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