Takashi Harada – Ondes Martenot
Special Video Event: June 21st and 25th at 8PM. Join Takashi Harada -Japan’s foremost Ondist, pianist Mark Robson and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki in Waveforms, a unique online collaboration, with generous support from the Japan Foundation.
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.
2022 Summer Jazz Series
Our 2022 Summer Jazz Series features Cathlene Pineda on July 16th, Jamael Dean on July 23, and Paul Cornish on July 30th at Colburn School.
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 Nyaho and Kallay will present recitals in 2022/23. Click on the tiny dots below for more…
Takashi Harada – Ondes Martenot: Waveforms – 6/21 & 6/25
with Mark Robson – piano, Kojiro Umezake – shakuhachi. Music by Messiaen and othersView Event - Takashi Harada – Ondes Martenot: Waveforms – 6/21 & 6/25
Cathlene Pineda Quartet
Our Summer Jazz Series brings pianist Cathlene Pineda and her brilliant quartet to Thayer HallView Event - Cathlene Pineda Quartet
Jamael Dean – solo piano
Our Summer Jazz Series presents pianist Jamael Dean, solo piano. Jamael has worked with Kamasi Washington, …View Event - Jamael Dean – solo piano
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Piano Spheres 2021-22 Performing Artists
Here are the artists for our 2021-22 concert season at Zipper Hall in DTLA
Mr. Harada is the best known Ondist in Japan, and one of the few masters of this unique instrument in the world. Robson and Harada are longtime friends, having met as students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Mr. Umezaki has long been a proponent of Japanese traditional and contemporary music for the shakuhachi, and is well known as a founding member of The Silk Road Ensemble.
2022 Summer Jazz Series
Piano Spheres announces our 2022 Summer Jazz Series featuring Jamael Dean solo piano/keyboards on July 23rd, Cathlene Pineda Quartet on July 30th, and Paul Cornish on August 13th at Thayer Hall at the Colburn School.
David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia and Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and has performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, Washington’s National Gallery, Music on Main in Vancouver, and Strathmore.
Frederic Rzewski: An Appreciation
The iconic composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski was to have given a Piano Spheres recital this coming February in a rare US appearance. With his unfortunate passing June 26, 2021, he left a huge legacy of his music. Now rescheduled to April 16, 2022 Piano Spheres core artists will be joined by two of Rzewski’s closest musical collaborators, Ursula Oppens and Lisa Moore, as well as numerous Piano Spheres artists from the last 20 years.
Vicki Ray contemplates vastly different realizations of Stravinsky’s paradoxical statement “All composition is frozen improvisation” in works by Bartok, Cecil Taylor, Schnittke, Wadada Leo Smith, Kagel, Harold Budd, Ligeti, Nicholas Deyoe, and Poulenc.
Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux
Piano Spheres opens our season with a special fundraising event: a rare complete performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Featuring a different pianist for each of the thirteen movements, this monumental work marks our return to live performance and is a joint fundraising event for Piano Spheres and the Audubon Center.
2021-22 Emerging Artists
Piano Spheres presents pianists Paul Cornish Oct. 5th, and Andreas Folvos Apostolou October 19th 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.