Pianist Inna Faliks and special guests David Adam Moore and Sandra Beasley are featured at the Music/Words 5th Season opening at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, September 23rd at 7:30pm (Doors at 6:30pm). This performance includes the world premiere of the powerful song cycle for baritone and piano by John Eaton, “Songs of Nature… and Beyond”, with baritone David Adam Moore. Faliks will play Beethoven’s Sonata opus 111 in c minor and also Fantasia on an Ostinato by John Corigliano. This poetic shimmering piece uses Beethoven’s Ostinato from the 7th Symphony, and explores its rhythmic and harmonic elements in a hypnotic, colorful fantasy. It serves as the link between Eaton’s and Beethoven’s sound worlds. Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleeker Street in New York City.
Music/Words is an interdisciplinary live performance series founded by Inna Faliks, exploring connections between poetry and music by presenting collaborations between exciting solo musicians and acclaimed contemporary poets in the form of a live recital/reading.
John Eaton is a prominent composer of microtonal music, and worked with Paul Ketoff and Robert Moog during the 1960s in developing several types of synthesizers. He innovated a compositional genre called pocket opera, operas scored for a small cast of vocalists and a chamber group. The song cycle, Songs of Nature… and Beyond was written for for David Moore and Inna Faliks based on poems by five early 20th century poets. They are very moving settings for a virtuoso singer and pianist, who sometimes is called upon to play untraditionally. According to the composer: “They run the gauntlet between lyrical reflection and high drama, with some humorous ‘jazzy’ elements thrown in. They also, unlike most of my recent music, are not microtonal.”
Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker and “poetic” by Time Out New York, Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. Critics praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), and “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun).
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer lauds baritone David Adam Moore for his “enviable swagger coupled with a subtle musicality and big, handsome voice.” In the 2012-13 season, he sings with Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Arizona Opera.
The Barnard Women Poets Prize winning poet Sandra Beasley will read from her own poetry in between the musical pieces. The Eaton song cycle is set to the poetry by Auden, Blackmur, Wallace Stevens, and W.B Yeats, and Sandra’s lucid and fresh voice completes the link between then and now.
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012