“Six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene.”
– The New York Times
New York’s piano sextet Grand Band presents “A Bigger Picture” – performed by Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell. The New York Times calls Grand Band “the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene.” They will present a program of recent works by Philip Glass, Kate Moore, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and two world premieres by Michael Gordon (a Gilmore commission) and Paul Kerekes. www.grandbandnyc.com
|Julia Wolfe||my lips from speaking… (1993)|
|Philip Glass||Closing (1981; arr. Grand Band 2012)|
|Michael Gordon||Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars…(or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.) (2014) – first performance; commissioned by The Gilmore and Bell’s Brewery|
|Paul Kerekes||wither (2014) – first performance|
|Kate Moore||Sensitive Spot (2006; arr. Grand Band 2012)|
|Steve Reich||Six Pianos (1973)|
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow’s passion for new music has propelled her to work with an A-to-Z of leading composers and musicians such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner (The National), Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). In addition to performing, Chow also produces and curates “Contagious Sounds,” a new music series focusing on adventurous contemporary artists and composers in New York City. She receives continuous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
David Friend is dedicated to ensuring the continued relevance of the art of the piano in contemporary culture. As a champion of new and experimental music, he has performed at top venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall (London), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid). As a soloist, he presents programs that seek to revitalize the experience of a piano recital for the 21st century.
Paul Kerekes is currently pursuing an MMA at the Yale School of Music. He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, MusicX, Yale’s New Music Workshop, California Summer Music, the Young Artists Piano Program at Tanglewood, and Stony Brook Summer Music Festival. Additionally, he has participated in master classes both as a composer and pianist with Lisa Moore, Lisa Kaplan, Steven Stucky, and John Corigliano.
Blair McMillen leads a multifarious musical life as pianist, chamber musician, conductor, and improviser. He plays a vast variety of musical styles: from medieval keyboard manuscripts to improvisation-based music of all types; from Classical/Romantic-era piano repertoire to the music of young 21st-century composers. Known for his imaginative and daring programming, McMillen has premiered hundreds of new works, both as soloist and with numerous ensembles. He frequently collaborates with composers and artists of other genres in commissioning works that stretch the boundaries of the piano and the traditional recital format.
Having won the silver medal in the 1981 Rockefeller-Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, Lisa Moore moved to New York in 1985. She was the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars, the New York-based electro-acoustic sextet and winner of Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year award. Passionately dedicated to the music of our time as well as the great musical canon, she has collaborated with composers such as Elliot Carter, John Adams, Iannis Xenakis, Meredith Monk, Phillip Glass, Gerard Brophy, Julian Day, Elena Kats-Chernin, Thurston Moore, Martin Bresnick, Kate Moore, Steve Reich, and Ornette Coleman.
Described by the New Yorker as “the young Irish piano phenom,” Dublin-born and New York City-based pianist Isabelle O’Connell has a growing international career that has taken her across four continents. As soloist and chamber musician, she has performed around the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K., and Ireland. Receiving a standing ovation at her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in January 2002, New York Concert Review wrote, “She has the technical prowess … and a spirit and intelligence to bring it all together.”