Conor Hanick performs Hans Otte’s Book of Sounds: Dec [email protected] Hall
The brilliant pianist Conor Hanick will perform Hans Otte’s ‘BOOK OF SOUNDS’ Mon. Dec. 12th, 2022 @ 8pm. A special event in cooperation with Monday Evening Concerts. Tickets available now!
New Piano Spheres Artists!
Piano Spheres is pleased to announce our first Leonard Stein Resident Artist William Chapman Nyaho, and our newest Core Artist Aron Kallay! Both Chapman Nyaho and Kallay will present recitals in 2022/23. Click on the tiny dots below for more…
Piano Spheres is heartbroken that Susan Svrček, a founding member and anchor of Piano Spheres, passed away May 31st, from cancer. Susan’s devotion to Piano Spheres was inspiring to all of us. Click below to read our remembrances.
Conor Hanick Plays Hans Otte’s Book of Sounds
“a masterpiece of restraint…” -Terry Riley. In cooperation with Monday Evening ConcertsView Event - Conor Hanick Plays Hans Otte’s Book of Sounds
HOCKET: EXPLODED KEYBOARDS
HOCKET explores the virtuosity of 2 prepared pianos with a wide variety of materialsView Event - HOCKET: EXPLODED KEYBOARDS
WILLIAM CHAPMAN NYAHO
Dr. Chapman Nyaho is our 1st Leonard Stein Resident ArtistView Event - WILLIAM CHAPMAN NYAHO
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Piano Spheres 2022-23 Performing Artists
Here are the artists for our 2022-23 concert season at Zipper and Thayer Halls in DTLA
Pianist Vicki Ray opens our season with a program she calls Vic Ray: Electric, as she delves into electro-acoustic works for piano and live electronics, backing tracks, Fender Rhodes and amplified toy pianos. With special guest Piano Spheres artist Aron Kallay. The program includes works by João Pedro Oliveira, Josh Biggs, Ben Phelps, and a tribute to the late composer William Kraft.
2022-23 Emerging Artists
Piano Spheres presents pianists Mari Kawamura and Daniel Newman-Lessler in concert at Thayer Hall at the Colburn School. Both will hold workshops in October at Pasadena Conservatory of Music on dates to be announced soon! This program is funded in part by a grant from the NEA.
Pianist Conor Hanick will present a rare performance of The Book of Sounds, a remarkable cycle of 12 solo piano pieces written between 1979 to 1982 by the pioneering German composer, pianist, poet and visual artist Hans Otte (1926-2007). The work is a mesmerizing exploration of sound, shaped by Otte’s immersion in both European and Eastern spirituality as well as his championing of such composers as John Cage, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass. Presented in cooperation with Monday Evening Concerts.
HOCKET explores the virtuosity of two prepared pianos with a wide variety of materials including coins, screws, nuts & bolts, and more in John Cage’s seminal work, Three Dances for two prepared pianos. Alongside this groundbreaking work, HOCKET will be premiering companion pieces by Sarah Gibson for the same instrumentation and Peter S. Shin for two prepared pianos and electronics as well as works by Yoko Ono and others.
William Chapman Nyaho
Dr. William Chapman Nyaho is Piano Spheres’ Leonard Stein Resident Artist for 2022/23. Dr. Chapman Nyaho is a Ghanaian American concert pianist specializing in solo piano music by composers from Africa and the African diaspora. He will journey on into music of the African diaspora showing melodic and rhythmic connections influences as well as weaving in personal anecdotes.
Emerging Artist: Leonard Hayes
Piano Spheres presents Emerging Artist Leonard Hayes, a doctoral candidate at USC and student of Antoinette Perry, Mr. Hayes will be mentored by our Leonard Stein Resident Artist, Dr. William Chapman Nyaho. His concert will include a commission by Leonard Hayes presents musical gems of the European and African Diaspora. This program explores the cultural and musical idioms of piano works by George Walker, Florence Price, Ellis Marsalis, and Johannes Brahms along with anecdotes. Also, this program will include a commissioned work by Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen.
Some things are beyond the artist’s control. The exact program cannot be determined until after this brochure is published…but you can bet it will be something spectacular! Pianist Gloria Cheng is acclaimed as a discerning artist devoted to tapping the expressive core of contemporary music. In recitals that explore significant interconnections amongst composers, Cheng has been presented by the Ojai Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, William Kapell Festival, and the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.
Metal strings struck by hammers excite the air. Peaks and troughs radiate outwards in precise predetermined relationships. Vibrations are transduced into electrical impulses by the smallest of bones. Synapses fire. Neurotransmitters are released. An intense euphoric experience follows. This program explores ecstasy and ecstatic states in music. Inspired by mysticism, religion, meditation, repetition, beauty, the grotesque. Works by Scriabin, Messiaen, Alvin Curran & new Piano Spheres commissions from Rajna Swaminathan and Dante De Silva.
2023 Summer Jazz Series
Piano Spheres will announce our 2023 Summer Jazz Fest in early spring. Past series have featured Gerald Clayton, Joshua White, Roger Kellaway, Jamael Dean, Mike Lang and Paul Cornish at Thayer Hall at the Colburn School.