October brings premieres for John Palmer on both sides of the Atlantic.
On Tuesday 15 October Kristian Nyquist (harpsichord) will give the US premiere of John Palmer’s Vajra at the Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Vajra is a work which holds a very special meaning in this composer-performer relationship, being composed as a gift to Kristian Nyquist.
In Sanskrit, Vajra means both thunderbolt and diamond. It symbolizes irresistible force and energy (the thunderbolt) and indestructibility (the diamond, also as an image of firmness and purity). In the tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism the vajra is also a small club with two ribbed spherical heads representing spiritual power and endless creativity; in the early Rigveda writings it is used by the deity Indra as a weapon to destroy evil and unhappiness with lightning, thunders and storms.
In the same week, on Thursday 17 October John Palmer’s Three Imaginary Dialogues will be performed by Piano Duo Hayashikazi-Hagemann at 6pm in Karlsruhe at Pädagogisches Fachseminar, Hertzstrasse 16, building 06.40.
Later in the month, on Friday 25 October I, Medusa will receive its world premiere with Viktoriia Vitrenko (Soprano), Nazar Stets (Double Bass) and John Palmer (Electronics) at the Kunstraum 34 in Stuttgart, Germany.
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