Darkness falls as an acclaimed pianist begins a recital devoted to music about water. Slowly the hall becomes a lake. It might sound like a dream, or maybe just the wild imagination of humans high on music, but this week the Park Avenue Armory will make this image a reality. Tears Become… Streams Become… is a collaboration … Continue reading Dream of Water: Tears Become… Streams Become… at the Park Avenue Armory
My Tenth Sonata is a sonata of insects. Insects are born from the sun... they are the sun's kisses. --Alexander Scriabin You can listen to pianist Marc-André Hamelin play this beautiful work here: Whether you follow the score or close your eyes, I think you will hear the insects. Video via Undevicesimus on YouTube.
When pianist Alfredo Rodriguez was invited to play for jazz legend Quincy Jones, he was excited and perhaps a little nervous. The journey would not do much for his nerves. A Cuban National, he was arrested by Mexican officials before crossing the border at Laredo, Texas. He was detained for several hours, while officials demanded … Continue reading Fear and Music: Crossing the Border with Alfredo Rodriguez