Friday, September 30, 2011
Deborah Yamak, Cellist of Havana String Quartet, on Leo Brouwer CD, Classical Winner of Latin Grammy
Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull are Flutronix. The latest Flutronix Newsletter includes:
Flutronix makes their Windy City debut at Morseland. Opening the night is singer-songwriter Diana Lawrence.
Friday, September 30th
1218 West Morse Avenue
Right after Chicago, Flutronix heads to the University of Wisconsin - Madison for an afternoon lecture and evening performance.
Saturday, October 1st
Morphy Hall - UW Madison Humanities Building
455 North Park Street
Flutronix teams up with PUBLIQuartet for an evening of new music for strings, flutes and electronics at the intimate Cornelia Street Cafe.
Monday, October 10th
Thursday, September 29, 2011
"The African-American Voice in Classical Music”
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
“Uncommon Rhythm: 'A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee’s Journey to Leadership'”
[Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee’s Journey to Leadership; Aaron P. Dworkin, author; Aquarius Press, publisher (2011)]
Shortly after the launch of the website which came to be known as AfriClassical.com, we realized that our list of Composers of African Descent needed to be accompanied by a list of Musicians of African Descent. Most are instrumentalists or conductors, but one person honored with a page at the website was Aaron P. Dworkin (b. 1970), who stood out because he had recently founded the Sphinx Organization to provide opportunities to young Black and Latino string players. The genius of Aaron Dworkin's concept was reflected by the fact that the Sphinx Organization became a national institution virtually overnight, a point of entry allowing young string musicians of color a chance to hone their skills and participate in their chosen field of classical music.
The book has just been released by Aquarius Press, whose website is: http://www.aquariuspressbookseller.net/uncommonrhythm.html.
The book is available from the publisher, and will shortly be offered as an Ebook and will be sold by book sellers including Amazon.com and local book stores.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Second Press Conference on 'III Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music' 11 AM, Sept. 28 at Hotel Meliá, Havana
Sunday, September 25, 2011
South Mountain C. C.: Afro-Panamanian Pianist Henry Rose in 'An Evening of Music for Two Pianos' Sept. 30
Wilma Monluis, a longtime supporter of AfriClassical and AfriClassical.com, sends this news of a performance by her nephew Henry Rose, an Afro-Panamanian pianist and composer:
Saturday, September 24, 2011
[13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined; Lara Downes, solo piano; Tritone Records]
13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined on Tritone Records (2011) is the second recent compilation of works by a large number of composers we have reviewed. The first was Amy Briggs: Tangos for Piano, Ravello Records RR7808 (2011), whose 22 tracks include Tango-Variations (2:49) by the African American composer Jeffrey Mumford. 13 Ways is also the second recording of new variations on the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach which has come to our attention. Robin Holloway: Gilded Goldbergs is a 2-CD set of variations by a single composer for two pianists, the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo. Jennifer Micallef is from Malta; Glen Inanga is Nigerian. Their recording is Hyperion CDA67360 (2001).
The variations performed by Lara Downes are so unusual and so different from each other the recording seems otherworldly as soon as Fred Lerdahl's Chasing Goldberg begins. We find it refreshing to hear 13 contemporary composers express themselves with total artistic freedom.
On Sept. 14, 2011 AfriClassical posted: “Lara Downes: '13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined' by Contemporary Composers.” The complete history of the project can be found at http://www.LaraDownes.com. “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg was commissioned in 2004 by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.”
Ryan Brown Ornament
Friday, September 23, 2011