On Thursday, December 16th, I’ll be playing a solo recital on Kaufmann Center’s Piano Dialogues series. Lots of concert series have clever names like this but this program truly is a dialogue. My close friends Sarah Goldfeather and Eric Shanfield have written new pieces for me which will both be heard in public for the first time. Eric’s piece, Timo Variations, is a hefty set after a theme I composed for him in 2019. Here’s the theme—
—which Eric pleasantly eviscerates, in a series of sly and affectionate homages to other composers, among them: Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Bach, Pärt, Webern, Ligeti, Nyman, and Glass.
Sarah’s new piece, called Fern Canyon, is a stunning pastorale, made up of tiny repeating patterns progressively stacked on each other. As it becomes an increasingly-complex thicket, the forest suddenly gives way to a dramatic vista.
In between, one of my favorite pastoral/metaphysical travelogues: Robert Schumann’s Waldszenen (Forest Scenes); in the video above, I play the cryptic Vogel als Prophet (Bird as Prophet).