with guest Nils Vigeland
Sun October 1st, 2017
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 4:00PM
Show Time: 5:00PM
Event Ticket: $15 / $20
Day of Show: $20 / $25
Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show
Longleash brings their uncommon brand of experimental piano trio music to LPR on October 1st to launch the release of their debut album, Passage. The album (out 9/22 on New Focus Recordings) renders progressive new musical identities for the historically traditional instrumentation of violin, cello and piano.
Recorded during an artist residency at EMPAC, Passage features first commercial recordings of innovative piano trios written by an international group of composers launching remarkable careers, including Francesco Filidei, Clara Iannotta, Juan de Dios Magdaleno, Christopher Trapani, and Yukiko Watanabe.
The program will feature selections from the album, as well as solo and duo highlights from their annual composition workshop and festival, The Loretto Project, with guest pianist/composer Nils Vigeland.
Corde Vuote – Francesco Filidei
Il colore dell’ombra (Movt. 1) – Clara Iannotta
Reading – Nils Vigeland
Corpo di Terra – Suzanne Farrin
Maquette Brisée – Anthony Cheung
Passing Through, Staying Put – Christopher Trapani
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano) is a group with a traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by music with unusual sonic beauty, an inventive streak, and a compelling cultural voice, Longleash extends a love of classical chamber musicianship to the interpretation of contemporary music, crafting performances that are both dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad Magazine) and its “technical expertise and expressive innovation” (Feast of Music), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy. Their forthcoming debut album, Passage, will be released on New Focus Recordings in Fall 2017. Longleash takes its name from Operation Long Leash, a CIA program designed to covertly support and disseminate the work of American avant-garde artists throughout Europe during the Cold War.
The trio balances a full performing schedule with commissioning and recording projects alongside their proprietary summer concert series and composition workshop, The Loretto Project (KY). Performance highlights include concerts at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the Ecstatic Music Festival (NY), the Green Music Center (CA), National Sawdust (NY), Scandinavia House (NY), Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival (Norway), and the University of Louisville. Longleash has conducted lectures and workshops at New York University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Nebraska, Ohio University, and Hunter College. The trio’s work on behalf of American composers has been recognized and supported by Chamber Music America, the Alice K. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
guest Nils Vigeland
Nils Vigeland was born in Buffalo, NY in 1950, the son of musicians. He made his professional debut as a pianist in 1969 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Lukas Foss, conductor. He later studied composition with Foss at Harvard College, graduating with a B.A. in 1972. He earned his Ph.D at The University at Buffalo where he studied composition with Morton Feldman and piano with Yvar Mikhashoff. With these mentors he was fortunate in developing long personal and professional associations.
His first orchestral piece was conducted by Foss with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1970 and Foss gave the first performance of One, Three, Five with the Milwaikee Symphony Orchestra in 1983.
Mikhashoff was instrumental in the comission and performance of many pieces, including the Piano Concerto (1984), premiered by Mikhashoff and the Oslo Radio Orchestra, Christian Eggen, conductor, In Black and White for piano and chamber orchestra and False Love/True Love (1992), premiered by the English National Opera at the Almeida Theater, London.
With Eberhard Blum, flute and Jan Williams, percussion, Vigeland toured for eight years with Feldman as “Morton Feldman and Solists”, performing the extended length works for flute, percusion and piano that Feldman composed for them. They recorded these pieces on HAT ART.
For eight years (1980-89) Mr. Vigeland directed The Bowery Ensemble which gave an annual series of concerts in Cooper Union, NYC. The ensemble was strongly associated with the music of the New York School and gave the first performance of over thirty works by composers including Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolf, Leo Smit, Chris Newman and John Thow.
His own work appears on CDs from Mode, EMF, Focus, Lovely Music, and Naxos. His choral music is published by Boosey and Hawkes. He taught at Manhattan School of Music for thirty years, retiring as Chair of the Composition Department in 2013.