It is great to playing music with a lot of my friends from Curtis at Lake George Music Festival. Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga graduated from Curtis and is currently at Yale. She joined me for Syrinx after rehearsal one day, and improvised fascinating sounds on crotales, cymbal, and woodblocks.
This was fun; Syrinx with percussion improvisation by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich. We had just finished rehearsing with Jeremy Gill for a program we performed for the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Gabe chose various instruments that he placed on top of timpani to awaken the resonance.
This afternoon, my Dolce Suono Ensemble played a concert on the Croft Farm Series in Cherry Hill, NJ. Daniel Hanul Lee, viola, Sarah Fuller, harp, and I performed trios by Debussy, Ravel, and Bax, Sarah and I performed Saint-Saëns’s Fantaisie, and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich and I played some Brazilian and Jewish folk music. My favorite way to spend the day: playing great music with wonderful colleagues and friends. Our audience was very enthusiastic.
Tonight I performed with Charles Abramovic, piano and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, percussion at the Schwarz Center for the Arts of Wesley College in Dover, DE. We had a lot of fun playing our “Debussy and Jazz” program with music of Debussy – Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune arranged for flute and piano by Gustave Samazeuilh and Syrinx, André Jolivet, Claude Bolling, Jelly Roll Morton, and Brazilian Chôros.
The concert hall was originally the Dover Opera House, built in 1904, and became a movie theater in the 1920s. After a period of disuse when the hall had fallen into disrepair, it was renovated and reopened in 2001. It still has the feeling of an old theater and we all enjoyed playing there for a very appreciative audience.
I was sitting at the piano in the Horszowski Room at Curtis after rehearsing with pianist Charles Abramovic and percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich for our concert tomorrow. We are performing at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Our program is “Debussy and Jazz,” with music by Debussy, Claude Bolling, André Jolivet, Jelly Roll Morton, and Brazilian chôros. After Charlie left, Gabe and I rehearsed the Jolivet Pipeaubec, then read through some chôros with Gabe playing chords at the piano.
My Dolce Suono Ensemble performed on the Midday Monday Concert Series at Swarthmore College this past Monday. Charles Abramovic, piano, Chris Deviney, percussion, and I performed a “Debussy and Jazz” program including Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio and rags by Jelly Roll Morton in addition to Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cakewalk form Children’s Corner,Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune arranged for flute and piano by Gustave Samazeuilh, and of course Syrinx. The acoustics in Lang Concert Hall are excellent, and it was lovely to perform with light streaming in through the window behind us.
When my camera could not record because the memory card was full, I asked for help from the audience, and Tim Banker was kind enough to record this performance on his smartphone. Thank you, Tim!
This afternoon we opened the Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents 2012-2013 season at home in Philadelphia with “Debussy and Jazz,” featuring Matthew Levy, saxophone and composer, as guest artist. We performed works by Debussy, Charles Koechlin, Jelly Roll Morton, Fixel and Grosner, Claude Bolling, and world premieres by Matthew Levy. The Debussy works were the Rapsody for Saxophone and Piano, Golliwog’s Cakewalk from “Children’s Corner,” and of course I performed Syrinx. Our ensemble members included Charles Abramovic, piano and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, percussion. I gained yet another persepctive on Syrinx playing it in the context of this program.
John Wittmann, my great friend and Artist Relations manager at Yamaha, is also a fantastic percussionist. I was delighted when he agreed to play with me on a visit to Indiana for recitals and masterclasses.
Here is Altamiro Carrilho’s Brazilian choro Aeroporto do Galeão.