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Meet the Americans | REMIXX @ Bread & Salt
October 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm$25 – $30
Music by Chick Corea, Aaron Copland, Libby Larsen, George Gershwin and Stefan Cwik Art by Thomas DeMello flute, violin, bassoon, piano
Art by Thomas DeMello
Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113
Single Tickets: $30 general, $25 for students/seniors/military/museum members
Season Tickets: $80 general, $70 for students/seniors/military/museum members
Complimentary wine & a bit of sweet!
PROGRAM NOTES: Music and the concept of freedom are soul mates. In this series, Camarada explores the struggles, joy, and soaring reaches of our American birthright, with works by both classic and contemporary masters.
Pioneering jazz pianist Chick Corea’s Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano combines the composer’s trademark kinetic energy with his own take on late ’50s and early ’60s modal harmonies, as exemplified by the work of jazz icons Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Corea also pulls inspiration from early twentieth century European composition, and the overall result is an adventurous, yet familiar, sonic landscape.
Duo for Flute and Piano is one of Aaron Copland’s later works, yet a listener will hear resonating echoes of Copland’s jazz- and folk-inspired creations of the 1920s and ’40s. This is not surprising, because the music is drawn from early sketches in the composer’s notebooks. Copland himself said, “The beginning of the first movement, which opens with a solo passage for flute, recalls the first movement of my Third Symphony.” With its forlorn-sounding second movement (an elegy to William Kincaid,) and dance-inspired finale, the Duo has been an audience favorite for decades.
Our expressiveness as a culture, the way we speak, move, and communicate, provides the perspective for Concert Piece for Bassoon and Piano, by Libby Larsen, one of America’s most performed living composers. “It is the composer’s task to order and make sense of sound, in time and space, to communicate something about being alive through music,” says Larsen. In this entertaining piece, the bassoon is “cast in the role of minstrel/poet – a Broadway Bard, if you will.” Listeners will enjoy following the bassoon melody as it ably navigates a jazz-articulated first movement, sings emotionally in the second movement, and finally, engages the piano in a spirited, syncopated call-and response dance in the third movement.
Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess songs are cherished American masterpieces, but rarely are they thought of as violin pieces. Jascha Heifetz, arguably the greatest violinist of our times, has gifted these time-honored favorites with rich, new lives. Heifetz’ dramatic arrangements heighten the soulful sensuality of each song to an unprecedented degree. Each becomes a breathtaking tour de force for violin!
Stefan Cwik personifies the modern-day American composer, with projects as varied as his role as singer and guitarist in The Blind Bandits, a San Francisco-based blues/rock/folk group, to his collaboration with noted bassoonist Paula Brusky on Eight Miniatures for Chamber Ensemble (Homage a Stravinsky). In this piece, which was one of the winning pieces of the 2010 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, the voice of the flute provides an attention-getting focus for the woodwinds. This is an ambitious, heartfelt, and fitting tribute to Igor Stravinsky, the influential Russian, and later, naturalized French and American, composer.