Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

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Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Time: June 15, 2014 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
City/Town: Albuquerque
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Event Type: music, and, spoken, word
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Jun 9, 2014

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Brahms and Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of a handful of internationally respected artists to be widely respected as both a composer and a conductor at a world-class level.  Continuing this long-standing practice (Jean Baptiste-Lully was perhaps the first famous composer/conductor, and global super-stars like Pierre Boulez and John Adams keep the tradition alive today), Salonen is credited with significantly increasing the international stature and reputation of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and is an extremely successful composer, who's works are frequently performed by world-class ensembles.  In addition, Esa-Pekka studied horn at the Sibelius Academy in his native Finland, and he calls on this first-hand experience when writing for the instrument in his “Concert Etude for Solo Horn.”  Here Salonen pushes the performer to the limits in a way that can only be achieved by a composer intimately familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities found on of this difficult instrument.


Like Salonen, Johannes Brahms was broadly active in the musical community.  A leader of the scene in Vienna during his day, he was a sought-after pianist and composer, and was also a skilled conductor, having grown up conducting choirs.  While Brahms was not a hornist himself, he must have been very familiar with the instrument from an early age, as his father was frequently employed as a horn-player.  The design of the horn was undergoing radical changes during Brahms' day, as instruments with valves began to replace the older valveless design that had existed for centuries.  It seems that Brahms may have not been a fan of the newer versions, which, while easier to play, he felt lacked some of the coloristic possibilities found in the older, more cantankerous design.  In his Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano, it appears as though Brahms had the valveless, or natural horn in mind for this highly spirited and rich work.  Our hornist for this performance, Nathan Ukens, says he will mostly take advantage of the benefits of having valves on his modern instrument, but may employ valveless techniques at key moments to add a bit of tonal spice.  Ukens will be joined by Chatter Artistic Director and violin specialist, David Felberg, and visiting pianist Jeanne-Minette Cilliers.


This week's poet is Michael C Ford who was greatly influenced by Poet Kenneth Patchen in terms of integrating the spoken words with Jazz. Ford has done collaborative recordings with members of The Doors: drummer John Densmore and pianist & keyboardist Ray Manzarek. He also has done collaborative recording with Trombonist Julian Priester. His debut spoken word record "Language Commando" earned a Grammy nomination in 1986. Tom Waits said of Ford, "He’s a treasure chest of American pop culture," and John Cassavetes said, "Michael C. takes the time to let his words arrive, always magically, like right now." 

Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website,

Doors open at 9:30; for best seats, come early and enjoy the coffee and camaraderie!

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