I’m thrilled to be part of the Jason Moran-curated Artists Studio series at the Park Avenue Armory this year. I’ll be performing alongside the amazing percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Tyshawn Sorey on May 20 in the Armory’s Veterans Room, in a program blurring the lines between improvised and notated music.
It’s an honor to be on a lineup with so many artists I’ve long admired, including Moran, Pauline Oliveros, Louis Andriessen, Ryan Trecartin, and many more.
I’ll be doing an online masterclass with Noteflight, a free browser-based music notation platform, on February 10 at 8pm EST. I’ll be talking about the thought process behind “A Walk (for Emilio)” from my most recent album, Pictures, and taking viewer questions.
In the weeks following the masterclass, I’ll be leaving some feedback on some selected scores submitted by Noteflight users via Facebook and email. Should be fun.
Read more about the class here, and register here.
So happy to share the full music video for my performance of David Lang’s “wed,” made by my good friend Isabela dos Santos.
“wed” is the closing track on my recently released album, Pictures. Written in memory of the conceptual artist Kate Ericson, the piece reflects on a uniquely devastating image: a wedding taking place at a deathbed. “In my piece,” David Lang writes, “the four independent lines of the piano part are made of small changes – a half step up, a whole step down, and each line by itself is not that interesting. Put together, however, they allow the music to rock oddly back and forth between major and minor, between consonance and dissonance, between hope and despair.”
My new album, Pictures, is out today on Warner Classics. Works by David Lang, Toru Takemitsu, Elliott Carter, and yours truly interface with Mussorgsky’s beloved and familiar Pictures at an Exhibition in a program about images, memory, and how they interact with one another.
Learn more about the album – and read my full liner notes – here.