Past Event

Keyboard of Colors

October 28, 2023
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Please join us for a concert at Tenri Cultural Institute (43A W. 13th St) at 8pm this Saturday with pianist Adam Sherkin and guest soprano, Robin Steitz.

This program features piano music by Zosha Di Castri, Kaija Saariaho, Matthew Ricketts (alumni) and Kotoka Suzuki.

***Students attend for FREE!***

Featuring the piano music of Zosha Di Castri, Matthew Ricketts, Kotoka Suzuki, Kaija Sariaaho and Adam Sherkin. With guest soprano, Robin Steitz.

Japanese-Canadian Kotoko Suzuki's "Hidden Voices" is a richly hued, neo-impressionistic work that explores shadowy counterpoint and integrated resonances, while alumni Matthew Ricketts' balladic "Melodia" for solo piano embraces a narrante sound profile. In addition, his “Swallow Songs” (from 2014, on texts by Lauren J. Rogener), are given their world premiere in complete form, with soprano and new music champion, Robin Steitz, at the helm.

Adam Sherkin also performs Prof. Zosha Di Castri's newest work, "The Untellable Hour of Quiet," which was recently commissioned by Clare Longendyke, and inspired by Maurice Ravel's "Oiseaux tristes". Di Castri's "The Thinking Eye" of 2006 is played alongside this latest composition, from much earlier in her output. It has been conceived around the following quote from Paul Klee:

“One day I must be able to improvise freely on the keyboard of colours: the row of watercolours in my paintbox.”

Finally, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's "Ballade" will be featured, an artist whose work has had a significant impact on several of the artists on Saturday's program.