Piano Spheres Presents Vicki Ray Nov. 15

For immediate release

October 11, 2011

Pianist Vicki Ray to Perform Five Premieres in Piano Spheres Recital
(Program Notes)
On Tuesday, November 15 pianist Vicki Ray will open a “music box” of new works for piano by Amy Kirsten, Eric Guinivan, Daniel Corral, Linda Bouchard and Ray herself.  The recital takes place at 8:00 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School.

Each work is based upon myth, early music theory, a psychic pictogram, or a poem.  The pieces ask for the pianist’s voice as well as unusual piano techniques and electronics that explore various sound worlds, plus some use of musical vocabularies from India and Indonesia.

The full program of first performances is as follows:
Amy Kirsten: “speak to me”

Eric Guinivan:  “Bharata’s Music Box”

Daniel Corral: “Sigils”

Linda Bouchard: “Gassho”

Vicki Ray:  “The Waking”

Described as “phenomenal and fearless” Vicki Ray is one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano music. She has recorded Feldman’s “Crippled Symmetries” and “For Christian Wolff” for Bridge Records, and a recording of Feldman’s “Piano and String Quartet” with the Eclipse Quartet will be released shortly. A long-time champion of new music, she has worked with some of the most prominent composers of our time, including figures as diverse as György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Oliver Knussen, Louis Andriessen, Steven Stucky, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Chinary Ung.

Ms. Ray has commissioned and premiered numerous works, running the gamut from established composers such as John Adams, Morton Subotnick, Stephen Hartke, David Rosenboom, Paul Dresher, Rand Steiger, Kamran Ince, Shaun Naidoo and Eric Chasalow among others – to emerging young artists such as Amy Kirsten, Daniel Wohl and Oscar Bettison.  Her concerts often include electronics, video, recitation and improvisation, challenging traditional conceptions of the piano recital.

Tickets are $25 general admission; $15 for students with valid ID.  They are available through the web: www.pianospheres.org; or at the box office one-half hour prior to the performance.  For further information call (323) 692-8075.

Founded by Leonard Stein, 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.

(October 11, 2011)