Pianist Julia Den Boer presents a world premiere by composer Zosha Di Castri along with works by Matthew Ricketts, Brian Cherney, Rebecca Saunders and Alvin Lucier.
Zosha Di Castri’s Dux deals with how streams of musical activity can be parsed on the piano. Via falling cyclical canons that grow in complexity and energetic outbursts from the extremes of the instrument, this new work can be read as an abstract reflection on the current political climate in the US. This new work is supported by the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.
The program explores different facets of the pianistic developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Matthew Rickett’s Melodia experiments with new modes of lyricism and expressivity, while Brian Cherney’s In the Stillness of the Seventh Autumn plays with the listener’s perception of temporality. Alvin Lucier uses electronically generated pure waves to bring the listener deep into the very nature of the pianistic sound, and Rebecca Saunders explores the extremes of musical perception through her use of an intimate inner counterpoint.
- Matthew Ricketts, Melodia (2016, Canadian premiere)
- Brian Cherney, In the Stillness of the Seventh Autumn (1983)
- Alvin Lucier, Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators (1992)
- Zosha Di Castri, New Piece
- Rebecca Saunders, Mirror, mirror on the Wall (1997)