I hope this finds my fellow members of our CE community doing well and getting their vaccinations and back to work as quickly as possible. The arrival of spring in Los Angeles brought with it lots of good news in terms of our lives getting somewhat back to normal.
On Wednesday 26 May New York pianist Eleonor Sandresky will premiere the complete Painted Night: Three Nocturnes for piano after Paintings by Hopper Whistler and Van Gogh in her series of concerts on evenings of a full moon, Lunar Landscapes.
Here is Eleonor’s performance of the second movement after Whistler, Nuit Brumeuse, in the February 2021 edition of the Lunar Landscapes Concerts:
I have been able to go into my favorite recording studio, Tritone Recording, in Burbank, California and work with the owner and fabulous legendary engineer Talley Sherwood for the first of many sessions we have lined up in the coming few months. I spent the day there with my friends and project partners soprano Stacey Fraser and librettist Jill Freeman, recording vocal stems for two projects: trio versions of two character songs from The New Frontier, my Atomic Age jazz opera in progress with a libretto by Jill Freeman; and two arias from On the Shores of Eternity, my dramatic madrigal with texts by Rabindranath Tagore for soprano, vocal ensemble, dancers, instrumental ensemble, electronics and digital instruments.
These have been put to videos I created that have just premiered at the streaming California State University Fullerton (CSUF), 2021 New Music Festival, in a concert I shared with my dear friend and fellow CE composer, Anne LeBaron. Many of our video pieces in this concert were the first productions by our new Beyond Opera Collective. The videos will be publicly available for use in streaming music concerts and festivals as well as film festivals, from the middle of May, and the scores will be published during May as well.
The CSUF symposium and concert may be viewed at these locations until mid-May:
A new video of the “Immigrants Hymn” movement of my set of pieces based on Irish traditional music, Ceól na hÉireann, performed by UK Villiers Quartet members violinist Tamaki Higashi and violist Carmen Flores, is available on my You Tube channel. This is one of the most beautiful performances of my work ever. The performers recorded the audio and video in Leicester and sent files to me to mix and master the audio and make the video. We will be video recording the remaining movements in the coming months.
My bass clarinet etude, Togaku: a sleeping tiger dreams in the light of the moon received its premiere in the San Diego New Music streaming concert series last month by Robert Zelickman, who made a special performance video of the piece for me to share on my YouTube channel:
Coming up in the next couple of months will be recording sessions for more of The New Frontier and On the Shores of Eternity, as well as two of my song cycles, A Chaos of Light and Motion and El Oro de los Tigres. Anne LeBaron and I will be officially launching our Beyond Opera Collective that will produce these works and others as well as pieces of Anne’s in the future. More information on all of this is forthcoming in the next CE newsletter.
I wish all of our CE friends out there good health and music making!
Jack Van Zandt
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