Over the last few months I’ve had the good fortune to work with the scintillating intellect and pianist Mirna Lekic as we curated this years Live Music By Living Composers event presented by the The Leschetizky Association of New York City. This years program reflected the broad diversity of composers and their compositional styles. Fantastic performances were fueled by the generous spirit and energy of our rockstar musicians. Adam Tendler’s rendering of for thing (2013) was an open invitation to speculate on the nature of said “thing;” magical/alien/foreign (?) but still hauntingly familiar with tinny, sparkling sounds from the prepared piano that reminded us of a favorite old wind-up music box or two. 17 year old pianist/composer Marina Lee played her work The Alkali Metals (2017), composed for her collaborating violinist Karen Rostron, with such joy. Peter Senchuk’s Sonata for Flute and Piano (2016) was an exhilarating rush and flutist Alice Jones partnered with pianist Derin Oge to make us feel delight in every exuberant moment. Pianist Walter Aparicio closed the program with a performance of Andres Levell‘s Danza del Desgarramiento (2002) that was a fiercely brilliant finale to an extraordinary program.
I’ve only mentioned just a few of the wonderful repertoire and performers of that special evening. Please check out the entire program and some clips of the performances at http://www.leschetizky.org/
Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:30pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th St, NY, NY