CCi Presents SOLO FLIGHTS SERIES AT SPECTRUM
ComposersCollaborative's legendary Solo Flights series returns to the New York concert scene, marking the organization's 30th year with a rare opportunity to experience Morton Feldman's last piano pieces as a cycle over three Sundays in March, performed by three of new music's most respected composer/pianists: Jed Distler, Tania Chen and Nils Vigeland.
Morton Feldman's last piano pieces are riveting aural landscapes, characterized by their large time scale and contemplative aura. The composer's uniquely mesmerizing and oddly comforting sound world gently pulls listeners inwards. This music lends itself to Spectrum's spaciously intimate ambience. "I can't think of a better way to mark ComposersCollaborative's 30th year and the 30th anniversary of Morton Feldman's death than by bringing this composer's large-scale late solo piano works together on consecutive Sundays, under one roof," says CCi Artistic Director Jed Distler. "In turbulent times, we need a quiet and contemplative mini-festival. This music slips back and forth between foreground and background. You can listen with acute alertness, but you can let your mind wander, or you can just be, and it makes no difference. That's Morty's magic, and a compelling reason to relaunch Solo Flights. It's a series whose time has come again."
Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor. Tickets are $10 at the door. Limited seating.
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Morton Feldman: The Late Piano Works
Sun., March 12th at 3PM: Jed Distler plays Triadic Memories (1981)
Sun., March 19th at 7PM: Tania Chen plays For Bunita Marcus (1985)
Sun., March 26th at 7PM: Nils Vigeland plays Piano (1977) & Palais de Mari (1986)
Jed Distler, Composer/Pianist
Composer/pianist Jed Distler co-founded ComposersCollaborative, inc. in 1987 with managing director Célia Cooke (1948-2011), producing hundreds of new music events and world premiers in New York for more than two decades. Distler's recent projects include recordings for Steinway & Sons's Spirio High Definition Player Piano and a chamber opera collaboration with librettist Luigi Ballerini and scenographer Maria Scarpini. He curates Symphony Space's Steinway Salon recital series, and hosts the weekly radio program Between the Keys on The Classical Network WWFM.org, where he is artist in residence. Visit www.jeddistler.com for the full scope of his musical life.
Tania Chen, Composer/Pianist
Tania Chen has recorded with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop, Jon Raskin and with the bands Bad Jazz and Tender Buttons. Forthcoming recordings are John Cage's "Electronic Music for Piano." Her solo recordings include Michael Parsons & Cornelius Cardew's Piano music, John Cage's "Music of Changes" and a forthcoming recording of Andrew Poppy's piano music. Tania is Sound Artist in Residence at Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. Recently Tania has been creating sound pieces. Her pieces "Rendez-Vous I & II" and "Jeanne Dielman" explore found sounds through found moments, video, objects, voice, electronics and digital electronics.