Gregg Kallor World Premiere of Chamber Piece "Undercurrent" w/ Laura Metcalf (cello)
Thursday, September 26, 2013
2 World Premieres. 1 Venue.
"Undercurrent" Kallor's new composition for piano and cello featuring special guest Laura Metcalf, cello
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"Broken Sentences" Kallor's new music video from his album A Single Noon featuring Sing For Hope's PIANOS
Composer. Pianist. Improviser.
Gregg Kallor is the recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition. One of ten composers nationwide selected for this prestigious residency, Kallor composed a concerto for piano and orchestra during his time at the home of the late eminent American composer. He also began several chamber music pieces while he was there, including "Undercurrent" for cello and piano - which he will premiere at SubCulture tonight with Laura Metcalf.
Kallor's new album, A Single Noon, is a nine-movement piano suite - a musical tableau of life in New York City told through a combination of classical composition and improvisation. Kallor premiered the suite at Carnegie Hall in 2011. Five-time GRAMMY®-nominee Fred Hersch calls it "the work of an extraordinary pianist, a composer of great distinction and a true conceptualist... this ambitious and unique suite really takes us somewhere that is very deeply heartfelt and dazzlingly executed. This is 21st-century music that has clearly absorbed the past and looks to a bright and borderless musical future."
Kallor's first music video, "Espresso Nirvana" (think caffeinated hijinks), is set to the sixth movement of the suite. His new music video, "Broken Sentences" (set to the 2nd movement), will be released tonight at SubCulture. It celebrates one of the most exciting public arts programs in NYC: the Sing For Hope Pianos - 88 artist-designed pianos that were placed in public spaces all around the 5 boroughs for anyone to play. Art for all.
Cellist Laura Metcalf, lauded for her "sensitive, melodic touch" (BlogCritics Magazine) enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. She is the cellist of acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, winners of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Emaleh Competition, and has performed sold-out concerts at the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center and many other venues across the country. Sybarite5 made their Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall in November 2012, and their album "Disturb the Silence" recently reached no. 10 on the Billboard Charts.
Laura has given solo recitals at the New England Chamber Music Festival, the Strad for Lunch Series, the Hewlett-Woodmere Gold Series, Chatter New Mexico, Shandelee Music Festival Series, and the Livingston Music Club Series. This season she was a soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic, and has also been featured as soloist with the One World Symphony, Ensemble 212 Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa.
Laura is a member of the cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, whose albums have sold more than 30,000 copies worldwide, and of the conductorless Salome Chamber Ensemble, with whom she appeared in Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, and Steinway Hall. Outside of the classical realm, Laura has appeared on the David Letterman Show, the Today Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, and at the US Open and New York Fashion Week.
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