Danny Holt: The Piano/Percussion Project January 12 at REDCAT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Sylvi Brown, 310-702-5847 December 2, 2015 scbrownpr@msn.com


International Violist Molly Gebrian is Guest Performer

The Satellite Series, part of Piano Spheres 2015-2016 Season, presents featured guest pianist/percussionist Danny Holt on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:30pm with his Piano Percussion Project – “a program calling for acrobatic feats of multi-instrumentalism.” The program includes compositions of David Johnson, Christine Southworth, Jascha Narveson, Ulrich Krieger, Karl Blench, Ingrid Lee, and Oscar Bettison. Guest fiolist Molly Gebrian will perfor from a new recording. The Satellite Series is co-presented with REDCAT, with recitals held at REDCAT THEATRE, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets/information are available at www.pianospheres.org, and www.REDCAT.org.

Holt’s program is comprised of the latest offerings from over 25 composers that have contributed new works to the project. “The Piano/Percussion Project is an experiment both for me as a performer, and also for the composers. Writing for solo piano/percussion presents some fascinating compositional challenges, and requires great skill and imagination. I’m always grateful when I meet a composer who is inspired by this idea and wants to go on an adventure with me!” said Holt.

David Johnson’s Antar’s Revenge (2011) is inspired by a 6th century Arab poet/warrior– the piece extends the piano with drums, bells, cymbals, and other metallic sounds. The World Premiere of Christine Southworth’s frenetic Sharktooth Frenzy (2014) was composed for Holt as a work for solo pianist with snare drum and bass drum. Canadian-born New Yorker, Jascha Narveson’s subtly quirky Tint (2011) is for kick-drum, hi-hat, and glockenspiel. German born, Ulrich Krieger’s Oberfläche (2013) is part of an extended series of eight pieces based on the pelagic layers of open ocean waters as defined by marine science. Oscar Bettison’s epic work, An Inventory of Remnants (2009) creates a unique sonic landscape by adding toy piano, melodica, glockenspiel, metronomes, and more to evoke a dilapidated orchestrion (a mechanical instrument from the 19th century.)


Second Take (2010), by Karl Blench, is a set of five miniatures based on the idea of imagery, and Nomentum (2010) by Ingrid Lee utilizes extended techniques in the viola and subtle, creative effects in piano/percussion to explore how acoustic instruments can mimic electronic sounds. Joining Holt in these two piece will be violist Molly Begrian. Gebrian designed the perforance project entitled “Trios for Two,” which resulted in seve brand new works for viola and piano/percussion (one player) with pianist/percussionist Dnny Holt. She will play two of the works at the concert.


David Johnson: Antar’s Revenge (2011)
Christine Southworth: Sharktooth Frenzy (2014) – World Premiere Jascha Narveson: tint (2011)
Ulrich Krieger: Oberfläche (2013)
Karl Blench: Second Take (2010) w/violist Molly Gebrian
Ingrid Lee: Nomentum (2010) w/violist Molly Gebrian
Oscar Bettison: An Inventory of Remnants (2009)

Pianist/Percussionist Danny Holt performs across the globe in concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl), clubs (Joe’s Pub, Copenhagen Jazzhouse) art galleries (MASS MoCA, Hammer Museum), and wherever he can find a piano and someone to listen. Known for his no- holds-barred style, he has been called “the classical music equivalent of an extreme sports athlete” (The Record, Waterloo, Ontario) and Los Angeles City Beat named him one of the “local heroes” of L.A.’s music scene. Holt has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Tuesdays at Monk Space, Santa Monica’s Jacaranda: Music at the Edge series, and other Los Angeles concert series and contemporary music hot spots. He has performed with Blue Man Group, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the California EAR Unit, The Robin Cox Ensemble, CalArts New Century Players, and the Calder Quartet.

A specialist in contemporary music, Holt has held fellowships at the Bang On a Can Summer Music Institute, the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, and he has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Christian Wolff, James Tenney, Graham Fitkin, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, and Michael Finnissy, among others. He also proudly champions the works of 2

emerging composers. Holt has received awards and grants from ASCAP, Yamaha, the American Composers Forum, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and others.

Holt’s Fast Jump CD (Innova Recordings, 2009) was a featured new release on both WNYC and iTunes, and includes world premiere recordings of works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, Caleb Burhans, Lona Kozik, Graham Fitkin, and Jascha Narveson. Gramophone called the disc “a compelling showcase for Holt’s innate virtuosity and gregarious temperament” and Sequenza21.com called Holt’s playing “brilliant”.

Holt moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to study with Piano Spheres artist Vicki Ray at CalArts, where Holt taught from 2008-2014. Currently, Holt splits his time between Los Angeles and Desert Hot Springs, and he is an active freelance performer and educator. In addition to maintaining a private studio of piano students, he teaches at College of the Desert and Norco College, he is the Music Chair at The Oakwood School’s Academy of Creative Education, and a Scholar-in-Residence at Harvard-Westlake School. For more information, visit: www.dannyholt.net.

The Satellite Series offers a direct tie to the spirit of the organization’s founding. When the late Leonard Stein launched Piano Spheres in 1993, he did so with four young pianists whom he had mentored at USC. In the two decades since, these four Piano Spheres artists – Gloria Cheng, Vicki Ray, Mark Robson and Susan Svrcek – have become recognized as among the foremost interpreters of PIANO SPHERES contemporary works for piano. Much as Stein mentored them, they now mentor the next generation of pianists in introducing these emerging artists to a broader audience.

Piano Spheres supports and encourages the composition and performance of major new works for the piano. It expands the piano repertoire by commissioning new music and sustaining a concert series of the highest artistic quality which focuses primarily on pieces by contemporary composers. In its concerts, Piano Spheres provides a context for these new works by including lesser-known music by established composers whose compositions influenced the course of piano music.

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