Eve Egoyan: Recital/CD Launch

Saturday, April 20, 2013 (All day)
Event Title: Eve Egoyan: Recital/CD Launch
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  • Venue / Location: Glenn Gould Studio
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  • Price: $30 regular/$20 Seniors, Students & Artists
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Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan returns to Glenn Gould Studio on April 19, 2013 to uncover the sound worlds of five unique composers. This distinctive recital program features Shiraz by the late Claude Vivier, SKRYABIN in itself by Michael Finnissy (Canadian première), and the world première of Ann Southam’s RETURNINGS II. Eve also introduces two European composers to Canadian audiences, as she performs Piani, Latebre by Piers Hellawell (Ireland) and selections from Nocturnes by Taylan Susam (Netherlands). The event also serves as the launch of “5”, an album comprised of première recordings by the beloved late Canadian composer Ann Southam.

Eve Egoyan specializes in the performance of new works. Her intense focus, command of the instrument, insightful interpretations and unique programmes welcome audiences into unknown territory, bridging the gap between them and contemporary composers. “I am passionate about all the pieces I have selected for this recital”, she explains. “Each is written in a unique compositional language that explores the piano in extraordinary ways. I am strengthening ties to composers whose work I have performed in the past and open myself to works by those who are new to me and to my community.“

Released on Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, “5” features world première recordings of five posthumously discovered works by Ann Southam. These pieces were found in the composer’s house following her death in November 2010. They are related to Returnings and Returnings II: A Meditation which Eve Egoyan recorded in 2011 on “RETURNINGS- Music of Ann Southam” (Centrediscs CMCCD 17211). “All the music on this disc is similar in pulse and texture, dynamic and pianistic range”, adds Egoyan. “What fills our ears and draws us in towards the music is in the weave: the magnetic pull of the constant drone of a fifth in the lower voices; the unfolding of a dissonant row in the middle voices; and the colouring of warm harmonic chords on top.”

+Ann Southam (Canada) RETURNINGS II (2010)
++Piers Hellawell (Ireland) Piani, Latebre (2010)
++Michael Finnissy (England) SKRYABIN in itself (2000-2008)
++Taylan Susam (Netherlands) selections from Nocturnes (2009-)
Claude Vivier (Canada) Shiraz (1977)

+ World première
++Canadian première

Eve gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Eve remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Friday, April 19 at 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio/Canadian Broadcasting Centre: 250 Front Street West, Toronto
Tickets $30 regular/$20 Seniors, Students & Artists
Box Office 416-872-4255

CDs will be available for sale at the concert.
“5” will be available online as of April 2nd and in stores as of April 30th.



Critical acclaim for Eve Egoyan’s previous recordings by Ann Southam:

“The Year’s Best Music.” “Ann Southam’s final works for piano, written for Eve Egoyan, are spare and haunting, inhabiting a circumscribed world where the expressive resonance of even the simplest musical element is questioned, and where resolution is always possible but rarely permanent.” - Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail (2011)

One of “2009: Ten Exceptional Recordings”. “For certain overlapping periods this year, I couldn’t stop listening to ... Ann Southam’s immense, mysterious piano piece Simple Lines of Enquiry”. - Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Eve Egoyan is an artist whose medium is the piano. Her ongoing performance interests encompass extremely contrasting sensibilities, from Alvin Curran’s five-hour long Inner Cities to Erik Satie’s miniatures; from minimalist Simple Lines of Enquiry by Ann Southam to maximalist new complexity works by Michael Finnissy; from the barely audible to roaring overtone-filled resonances; from the rigorous interpretation of a score to free improvisation. Egoyan also explores other art forms and technologies in relation to the piano. Eve has appeared as a recitalist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Portugal, Japan, and the United States. In 2013, she received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to pursue her own creative work. Eve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and one of fifty Canadian performers and conductors given and designation of “CMC Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre. “5” is Eve’s ninth solo disc.