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March 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Suggested donation: $15/person
Seating is limited!
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San Diego-based pianist Kyle Adam Blair will be premiering my latest piano solo work, Radium Butterfly. In addition, I will perform a preview of Beethoven’s 33 Transformations on a Theme by Diabelli as well as Luciano Berio’s Sequenza, along with other pieces.
I composed Radium Butterfly particularly for Kyle. He and I have been friends since we began our doctoral programs together at UC San Diego in 2011. We have performed and worked together many times on pieces such as Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Kyle also helped make my opera Noon at Dusk happen by working as the rehearsal pianist, and we have striven together many times to escape from the undead while playing Zombiecide.
Kyle’s fearlessness as a performer inspired me when composing Radium Butterfly to embrace parts of my musical background I had resisted: my love for experimental rock music. This piece in particular I thought of as a concept album, with the overall shape much like Deerhoof’s Friend Opportunity and the 5th movement being “A Partial Transcription of Idioteque”, “Idioteque” being a song from Radiohead’s Kid A. The piece’s title also invokes Robert Schumann’s Papillons, one of his many piano solos which were the concept albums of the 1830s.