World Premieres from A.J. McCaffrey (Piano Spheres Commission),
Tina Talon, and HOCKET’s Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff
Piano Spheres Satellite Artists piano duo HOCKET (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff) present Strange Aeons on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Zipper Hall. The program journeys beyond our world with creatures and beings from the paranormal to an exploration of the universe are all examined in this program for piano four-hands and two pianos. Featuring four world premieres by Tina Talon, A.J. McCaffrey (PS commission) and HOCKET members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, plus George Crumb’s 1979 masterpiece Celestial Mechanics. The Piano Spheres concert at the Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall is located at 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012.
HOCKET ‘s Strange Aeons is a program of works for piano four-hands and two pianos with the first half of the concert featuring three world premieres that explore the paranormal by Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, and A.J. McCaffrey. “The inspiration for both pieces are from two H.P. Lovecraft horror short stories, The Outsider and The Call of Cthulhu. The Outsider is about the search for a new life and acceptance amongst an abhuman existence while Cthulhu is a gigantic mythical sea creature that is worshiped by cultists. A.J. McCaffrey’s Doppelgänger examines one of the oldest subjects of folklore, the spirit double and the alter ego. The second half of the program is a journey through our universe featuring George Crumb’s 1979 masterpiece Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV), and the world premiere of Tina Talon’s Venusian Ionospheric Dispatches,” according to Thomas Kotcheff.
Susan Svrček welcomes Spring with two solo works by Milhaud — Le Printemps and Suite (1913). She will be joined by guest artist Nelson Ojeda-Valdés in Stravinsky’s 1913 Le Sacre du Printemps, arranged for two pianos; and barcode (dance music for two pianos), written for the duo in 2015, by Frederick Lesemann.
Susan, one of the Piano Spheres founding artists, is noted for her wide range of repertoire, from Mozart and Beethoven to Xenakis and Boulez. She has achieved mastery in her performances, as noted in the Los Angeles Times, “because she has probed so carefully into, and brought so many facets out of the massive repertory for the solo piano, one comes to her recitals with high expectations, new thrills, rediscovered gems, unknown masterpieces.”
Nelson Ojeda-Valdés has premiered works by composers Tom Lidell and David Meckler at Voces Novae New Music Festival and works by Carlos Carillo and Desmar Guevara at Pregones Theate in the Bronx, NY and at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in San José, California. He is featured in the recordings of composers Greg Lawrence and Paul Bailey.
His solo album “España” has been released under the label Louis Ferdinand Productions.
The full program is listed here.
Single tickets are available online here or through the REDCAT box office.
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Piano Spheres also gratefully acknowledges support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.