Priday / Kaplan:
New Music for Violin and Piano
Friday, February 6, 2015 | 7.30 pm
SubCulture | 45 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012
MATA Interval opens its eighth season by presenting acclaimed violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist David Kaplan in a concert of new works by young composers working in and around old traditions. The program, starting at 7:30 pm, will be MATA’s first visit to the new venue SubCulture and is centered around a premiere from 2014 Pulitzer-Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone. Recipient of this year’s Fromm Music Foundation grant, and commissioned jointly with pianist David Kaplan, Cerrone’s work directly questions and engages with the tradition of a classical sonata.
Cerrone writes: “It’s called a sonata – specifically, it’s an exploration of the idea of a ‘classical’ architecture (fast – slow – fast, with recapitulation), while also being an exploration of extended techniques on the violin, as well as finding a way to link those extended techniques with a broad expressive world. In this piece, I’m also interested in combining the timbral explorations of European modernism with the rhythmic/tonal drive of minimalism.”
The theme of reimagining the past is woven throughout the program: a motoric new work by Eric Shanfield (WP) which turns classical cadences on their head with obsessive repetition, short works from composers Hannah Lash and Pulitzer-prizewinner Caroline Shaw reimagine moments from Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze. Schumann is also a theme in Samuel Carl Adams’ Ave Nostradamus which will receive its NY Premiere. Additional works by Matthew Aucoin, Scott Wollschleger, and Sayo Kosugi fill out the program.
Eric Shanfield (b. 1979) Violin Sonata (World Premiere)
Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990) Celan Fragments (NY Premiere of newly revised version)
Hannah Lash (b. 1981) Liebesbrief an Schumann (Solo Piano)
Caroline Shaw (b. 1982) XVI. Mit gutem Humor and un poco lol ma con serioso vibes (Solo Piano)
Scott Wollschleger (b. 1980) Cuteness Piece
Samuel Carl Adams (b. 1985) Ave Nostradamus (NY Premiere)
Sayo Kosugi (b. 1980) Delirious Distortion (Solo Violin)
Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) Sonata for Violin and Piano (World Premiere)