Emerging Composers and Romantic Masterworks
Pianist Daniel Spiegel returns to Albuquerque to perform with clarinetist and Chatter Artistic Director James Shields. The performance opens with Nathan Davis' “Dowser for Bass Clarinet and Electronics,” which calls on the performer to produce a variety of unusual sounds which are amplified and manipulated by a computer processor.
Davis is a percussionist and composer living and working in New York, and is a rising star gaining increasing attention for his unique compositional voice, particularly in his works for live performer and electronics. “Diving Bell for Triangles and Electronics,” another Davis work, was presented at Chatter Cabaret last year.
Pianist Daniel Spiegel has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. He has championed the works of promising young composers, and has departed from his classical roots to explore jazz and improvisation.
Mr. Spiegel offers the New Mexico premieres of two Etude sets from emerging composers Ryan Francis (Picture Etudes) and Adam Schoenberg (Six Etudes for Piano). Francis and Schoenberg come from an eclectic generation of younger American composers who are composing music that draws on a wide range of influences like minimalism and jazz, and frequently seems to hearken back to the music of foundational figures in American music like Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein
Shields and Spiegel join forces to conclude the program with romantic masterworks for clarinet and piano: Robert Schumann's striking and heartfelt Romances, and Johannes Brahms' autumnal Sonata in E-flat, Opus 120, No. 2.
Chatter Cabaret (formerly Club Beethoven) is an afternoon event with music beginning at 5:00 p.m. once a month. It is held at “Casablanca” in the Hotel Andaluz, 125 Second Street NW, downtown Albuquerque. Admission is $20, with food and drinks available separately. Tickets and information at www.chatterchamber.org.