New recording "The Poetry of Places"

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Raised by 19 people in 5 months
Dear friends, family, colleagues, new music gurus and aficionados!

After 4 years of daily work on this project, I am thrilled that my new CD "The Poetry of Places" will be released on the Reference Recordings label on March 1, 2019. I am now raising funds to cover the final expenses for recording and releasing this new album.

"The Poetry of Places" is to be my third commercially released CD of all new works. My debut album “Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013” 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 second album "Quotations and Homages" (called "a most invigorating and distinctive release" by Fanfare Magazine) featured works for 1-6 pianists, all inspired by earlier composers.

My upcoming album "The Poetry of Places" features World Premiere recordings of works for solo piano, for two pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano in a fascinating mélange inspired by great architecture and places. The composers Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Andrew Norman, Lewis Spratlan, Nina C. Young, and Jack Van Zandt use very different musical approaches and sonic techniques in response to their chosen spaces.

Here is the full program note from the album:
"It is often said that in classical music, the hall is the most important instrument. In performance, we generally don’t have microphones and speakers and effects and sound crews that minimize the influence of the hall on our sound; rather, we adapt ourselves to the hall’s particular acoustics. Our tempos, tone, dynamics, textures… what sounds beautiful in one hall is a muddy mess in another; subtleties that seem inaudible in the front of one hall may be crystal clear in the back of another. We spend a great deal of time learning to embrace the space, learning what our pieces mean in the space, how our interpretation must change because of where we are. Is that sad piece… maybe more wistful here? Am I somehow really having a lot more fun in this section than I did in the last place? Oh, that warm resonance makes me want to hold this note forever!

And then… there’s you. A good hall also carries your sound to me. We’re in it together. Your breaths and shuffles and coughs are a part of the performance. They affect me, and the rest of the audience. We’re in it together! I know how you’re feeling! I know when you are rapt, when you are antsy, when you are surprised or amused… we learn to love the halls that provide a vivid intimacy, and avoid those that make us feel isolated.

So we are very attuned to the spaces, the places, where we perform. And we develop more detailed and deep impressions with every moment in a given hall. The design, the ornamentation, the history, the light! The many ways they bring us together and shape our shared experience. Is the hall serious? lively? contemplative? mischievous? Do we tease it back, or gently massage it? Are we able to bond? To succeed, we must have a knack for the essence of a space, an empathy for the place. To truly grok the places where we find ourselves.

I discovered a few years ago that this affinity for architectural space is shared by many of the composers that I admire. I began inquiring about their interest in contributing to a program of works inspired by buildings or places that have impacted them… and found myself pleasantly inundated by compositions that monumentalize places so wildly diverse as the Copland House in Cortlandt, NY, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Bangladesh, Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland, and Frank Gehry’s House in Santa Monica and IAC Building in New York. Six solo works, by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Lewis Spratlan, and Jack Van Zandt, were written specifically for this "Poetry of Places" project, using very different approaches and sonic means in their responses to their chosen spaces. Los Angeles Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet artists Nick Terry and Cory Hills joined me for premiere recordings of two additional pieces: "Frank’s House" for two pianists and two percussionists by Andrew Norman, and "Kolokol" for two pianos and electronics by Nina C. Young. Both of these ensemble works bring the architectural space directly into the music: In "Frank’s House", the percussion instruments are handmade from materials Frank Gehry used to construct his iconic residence; in "Kolokol" the electronics feature raw and manipulated field recordings of the Danilov Bells.

I was taken on a thrilling ride by these compositions and buildings, working closely with the composers to convey their ideas in an authentic way, while studying the history of each place, discovering its stories. I saw "The Big Hope Show" at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, which featured heart-wrenching stories of trauma, survival, and triumph, reflected in their raw simplicity in Amy Beth Kirsten’s "h.o.p.e." I researched Louis Kahn’s edifices, including through collaboration with filmmakers Dana Berman Duff, who put together a stunning visual presentation, and Nathaniel Kahn, who graciously provided a clip from his Academy Award nominated documentary “My Architect: A Son’s Journey,” to share at the premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s poignant Bangladesh. As I had done 22 years earlier upon first moving to Los Angeles, I visited the house of Frank Gehry, the inspiration for Andrew Norman’s bold and inventive "Frank’s House". I spent a day at Gehry’s ship-like IAC building in Manhattan before performing the New York premiere of Harold Meltzer’s "In Full Sail". I vicariously explored the unbelievable astronomical and sonic qualities of one of the oldest extant buildings in Ireland, which inspired Jack Van Zandt’s piece "Sí an Bhrú", and had illuminating conversations with Hannah Lash about her time spent composing at the Aaron Copland House, with James Matheson about his reflections on a mysterious lake house in upstate New York, and with Nina C. Young about her time conducting field recordings of the Danilov Bells at Harvard. And talk about places! All this culminated in a magical experience recording these works at Skywalker Sound while swimming in Lake Ewok, and visiting goats, horses, cows, quails, and dragonflies during breaks with my twin boys Ace and Mondy and my husband Barry, who was chief recording engineer for this project.

I hope you’ll try to really feel these places. Close your eyes and be there with me. Reach out for the essence of every space you visit in life… open up to the poetry of places."

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 commission the works and to record and release this album exceeded $60,000. Most 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 (please email me your address for this!), 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 "The Poetry of Places" CD.

Every sponsor who donates $150 or more will receive a signed "The Poetry of Places" CD and a signed "Quotations and Homages" or "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.

Live "Poetry of Places" program review excerpts:
"... full of unexpected passion and turmoil... terrific, thrusting energy... an exploration of how rhythms, phrases, dynamics, and excellent counterpoint all work together to make invisible structures..." -George Grella, New York Classical Review
"... magical... truly original... mysterious and touching..." -Harry Rolnick,

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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