After 3 years of intense and rewarding work, I am thrilled that my new CD "Quotations and Homages" will be released on the Reference Recordings label on April 6, 2018. I am now raising funds to cover the final expenses for recording and releasing this new album.
"Quotations and Homages" is to be my second commercially released CD of all new works – following my debut album “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013”, which was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories: Best Classical Compendium, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Producer of the Year, Classical.
My twin boys - inspirations for one piece on my new album - have spent almost every day of their 7 years on this earth in hand-me-down clothing. Their older cousins, in a faraway city on the other side of the continent, keep them well supplied. Every few months, as the boys get bigger, a box arrives on our doorstep, bulging with garments aged, yet new to us, some familiar, some mysterious. Selected by the earlier wearers specifically to live on with the younger recipients, they were too beloved to throw away, with qualities ensuring that they would endure, physically and aesthetically, through this and future generations. Mixed and matched, in new settings, with new faces and activities, they kindle in us nostalgia, fondness, surprise! What IS that creature on the shirt? Which side of these shorts is the front? These colors…! Did they really visit Galapagos? Who signed this one? I remember that day! Why is there a mesh panel THERE? Oh, how cozy!
Hand-me-downs! Bearers of culture, art, history. Clothes, books, pictures, stories… and, of course, music. In the classical music tradition, we are keenly aware of the hand-me-down nature of our works. Frequently, it is implicit in traditional forms and styles and harmonies, at other times explicit in variations, adaptations, syntheses, completions… the many types of homages to, and quotations of, earlier works. Much as I go through the clothing, assessing its suitability and charm in new situations, discovering new aspects, or hearing novel perspectives from the boys, my work as a pianist is to go through music, understand its connections to the past, and present it in a manner compelling to current and future audiences. As an interpreter of new works, however, I feel I must go even farther, and aid the evolution of the field by channeling powerful aspects of existing pieces into new ones. I can’t just take the hand-me-downs from old composers anymore; I also have to reach my hands out to new composers, ask them to take various essential parts and hand me back something new to play with.
This folksy evolutionary process is what inspired this project of homages and quotations. I asked a group of composers to select some favorites from their pile of hand-me-downs, and quilt something new that I could then hand to you. The resulting program features nine newly-written works inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Beethoven to Brahms, from Messiaen to Carter, from Ustvolskaya to The Velvet Underground. The pieces show a wide range of what contemporary piano can do, including works for piano and electronics, for speaking pianist, for piano with extended techniques, and even two pieces written for six pianists (one using 3 pianos, and the other – two “grownup” and two toy pianos). For these last I was very lucky to be joined by the GRAMMY®-nominated
Ray-Kallay Duo (Vicki Ray & Aron Kallay), the cutting edge new music duo HOCKET (Sarah Gibson & Thomas Kotcheff), and the GRAMMY®-nominated Genevieve Feiwen Lee, with whom I collaborated on my previous album.
The wonderful composers featured on this album are Tom Flaherty , Missy Mazzoli , Peter Yates , Vera Ivanova , Nick Norton , Adam Borecki , Daniel Felsenfeld, and James Matheson. This album is produced by five-time GRAMMY® winner Elaine Martone.
This recording project presents recent results of my work as a new-music performer and my passion for commissioning and promoting works by living American composers. I have premiered more than 60 new compositions in venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and REDCAT @ Disney Hall (Piano Spheres series) in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall, Spectrum and Bargemusic in New York, Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, The Philharmonic Hall in Ukraine, and at the New Music Gathering, and I am thrilled to share the amazing works on this program with wide audiences through my new recording and tours!
The budget to record and release this album exceeded $40,000. 85% of the costs have already been covered through grants, label support, and personal savings. I am looking for sponsors to help me cover the remaining expenses associated with this CD release.
All sponsors will receive a hand-written Thank You card from me, my eternal gratitude, and a special Thank You on my artist website (unless the sponsor prefers to remain anonymous).
Every sponsor who donates $100 or more will receive a signed "Quotations and Homages" CD.
Every sponsor who donates $150 or more will receive a signed "Quotations and Homages" CD and a signed "Woman at the New Piano" CD.
Every sponsor who donates $500 or more will receive three signed CDs and a pair of VIP tickets to 5 of my upcoming concerts.
Every sponsor who donates $1500 or more will receive three signed CDs, a pair of VIP tickets to 5 of my upcoming concerts, and a private or public recital performed by me in sponsor's honor, at a venue of sponsor's choice.
"…a superb and superbly recorded program of pieces as fresh as they are ready to pay respect to the traditions that led to their creation. … Shpachenko’s playing is everything it needs to be and more… Eras seem not to exist for her, and neither does musical dogma, allowing her the freedom to speak the music’s multifarious dialects." - first review of this upcoming album in Fanfare Magazine
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about my new project and for supporting it!
With much gratitude and appreciation!
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