Rare Ayane & Paul homeborough performance of American Haiku tonight (Friday, October 11) at 8pm on Brooklyn Chamber Music Society's first concert of the season! Also, did you know Bartok wrote an EPIC piano quintet? You probably did. I guess everyone knew but me. Anyways, come hear me and @yanyanbears play those things and a Haydn Symphony (!) with the amazing Carmit Zori, @daniel___phillips, Rieko Aizawa, and @tarahelenoconnor 🎶💙
Even though we were moved inside for weather-related reasons, Great Wall SLEEP was a truly special one--maybe because the sound was so natural on stage we could lean into the beauty of it...maybe because we were so far from home...or maybe because we spent 3 days with little to do but meditate on music and walls. Whatever the reason, plenty of tears were shed throughout the night. Thanks to @maxrichtermusic for writing a piece that allows me to reset my relationship with music everytime I play it. Thanks to my @acmenewmusic family @benrussell_music, @lauralutzke, @isabelhagen_, and @claricejensen for going all the way and beyond for 8 hours and inspiring me to reach deeper and deeper ❤️
After a near burnout last week, I'm so thankful for a few hours to sit on cliff's edge in Southern Ireland, where exhaustion is giving way to extreme gratitude for this last 12 months, in which I finished my first orchestral work, third string quartet, a quintet, double duo, trio, and solo violin suite; debuted works in Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland; founded a new ensemble, joined another, started on Ayane & Paul's first record, and had my music performed in Carnegie Hall and on a Grammy-nominated album. When I get home I'll start on two more string quartets, a horn solo, cello and piano sonata, and violin concerto; prep for a tour with the Kronos Quartet and a performance of Max Richter's SLEEP on top of the Great Wall of China. Back into the fray with fuel in the tank! ❤️
4th work of 2019: a collection of lullabies to stay awake to for dream trio @marinapiccininiflute, @tessalark, and @michaelthurber; premiering November 3 at @pcmsconcerts
A LOT of love has gone into this show and it is nearly impossible to properly describe, which makes it even more fun that the @nytimes thinks you should come 💙 I don't get to play my own music in NYC very often, let alone an entire set of tunes that bring me as much joy as these--hope to see you there!
Felt a little guilty arranging my cello quartet but once in a while you end up in a room with your favorite people and they don't all play cello. If you are in NYC this Saturday, come hear @starbuckcello @yanyanbears @alexikenney and me play not just my music but the other strange and pleasurable results of our inspiringly exploratory week together. We open @metroensemble's 13th season this Saturday 7/9 at 1 Rivington St!
Difficult to express my gratitude to all of the participant artists of @evolutionquartetbanff who not only poured themselves into the music these past few weeks, but who dove deep to work on communication and generosity of spirit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your joys and doubts with each other and with me--we are all stronger for it, and it was reflected in the explosive musical growth I witnessed over the course of the program. I return home with a renewed sense of artistic purpose, a set of deep questions to ponder, and an even deeper sense of hope and pride as I imagine all of you incredible musicians and composers dispersing from this place to share your voices and visions with the world. Such an honor to know you all! @kimiakoochakzadeh @yoavcho #amybrandon #njokongkie #christinavolpini #pallasloredo @hexum_quartet @echeaquartet @zeeheldenquartet @quartet121 @alaudaquartet @bergamotquartet @annajane417 @chloespre @mktviola @cellochocolate @eloise__hodges #rebeccaruthven #leahplave And of course, the faculty of dreams: @clairechaseflute @eyblerquartet @parker_quartet @jackquartet @bozziniquartet @fidigney @suzannefarrincomposer @natachadiels @cris_derksen #suzannahclark #sabrinaschroeder #zoshadicastri
A fantastic hike on our day off at #eqbanff was a great reminder that taking time to breathe and reflect simultaneously strengthens our work and increases our chance of seeing super cute animals.
In our community, we do not say 'I love you.' We offer small acts of kindness. . The incredible composers of the Evolution of the String Quartet (EQ) program at the @banffcentre provide us with astonishing moments of inspiration everyday. This moving performance was presented by Christina Volpini with the help of Kong Kie Njo and Pallas Loredo at our weekly throwdown (anything-goes open mic night). Can't watch this clip without tearing up ❤️ . Follow @evolutionquartetbanff for more magic 😍 #eqbanff #eq2019 #evolutionquartet
My beautiful office for the next 3 weeks! Tonight, however, my heart will be in @wigmore_hall--I can only imagine the spells @alexikenney will cast as he introduces my new solo violin suite to the world ❤️
You never know who's gonna show up-- A surprise honor to get to perform the Mendelssohn Octet for this incredible sweater and its owner, Thomas Leo, the great-great-great-grandson of Fanny Mendelssohn 🤯
Quick tenkara session between concerts at the @methow_valley_music_festival
Vox Petra for 2 violas and 2 cellos. An immense pleasure to present another piece of mine at my fave fest with badasses Ayane Kozasa, Matthew Lipman, and Kevin Krentz
Desperately trying to stay calm while sound checking God Music with @kronos_quartet. Like many of my colleagues, I heard Kronos's recording of Black Angels when I was in elementary school. It terrified me, destroyed my perception of musical limitations, and permanently changed my brain chemistry. To David, John, and Hank: thanks for the joyride ❤️
First of 2 shows in Mexico with the @kronos_quartet. Performing Crumb, Riley, and Glass with these extraordinary gentlemen is a dream I didn't know I was allowed to have ❤️ And how often does a composer get to play in the ensemble they are about to write a piece for?! #cheating #🤯
🌈 trout + crazy eye. Caught 10+ today with a tenkara rod wearing swim trunks and fave pink shirt from goodwill. Folks up and downstream in $1000s worth of gear and waders and camo giving me the sideeye and catching nada 😁 #gettingcocky #troutninja . Thank you to @yanyanbears for basically forcing me to take a couple days off for my bday to fish while she rehearses hard for the amazing @denverchambermusic festival 🥰
Impossible to fully express my gratitude to all of the amazing artists, staff, and audiences of @spoletofestivalusa for the immense love and support you showed for me and my music these last 10(!) performances. I'm humbled and honored to connect with you on so many levels. Giant love to #GeoffNuttall @stlawrencequartet @jaustinsmith @daniel___phillips @odalby @pelican_cello #LesleyRobertson #NinaLee #PedjaMuzijevic @joshuaromancello @dougballiett @tarahelenoconnor #StephenPrutsman @emilyannes926 and @connorlaneflutist 📷:@connorlaneflutist
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