INNOVA New Release

March 24th, 2014

 KEEPING TIME Mary Kathleen Ernst (pn) INNOVA 868 (68:54)

FUNG Keeping Time. HIGDON Secret and Glass Gardens. HOOVER Dream Dances. LUO Mosquito. SHATIN Chai Variations. DE KENESSEY Spontaneous D-Combustion. DEUSSEN A Recollection

Perhaps the most notable aspect of this release, above and beyond the excellence of Ernst’s playing, is the stylistic diversity of the material. The program opens with Vivian Fung’s rapid-fire, almost minimalist homage to the gamelan, and continues with the chocolate-hued music of Jennifer Higdon. This is the first solo piano music of Higdon I have heard, and it impresses with its idiomatic grasp of the potential for intricate texture in a dense piano score. Katherine Hoover’s music, even when it is employing big gestures, is very economical. Every note counts. Dream Dances is an aptly descriptive title for the music, which is expressed in a lyrical, rhythmically alert flow. Jing Jing Luo breaks the mood with her agitated, and yes, highly whimsical flight of the mosquito, an insect that seems to fly much more erratically than a bumblebee. You get quite a bite at the end of the piece.

Judith Shatin’s music has been well received in the pages of this magazine, including by myself. I have commented on her strong ability to create a narrative pulse in her work, calling her a natural story teller. That quality is much in evidence in this large and compelling composition. Chai Variations takes its main theme from Jewish liturgical music (and its name from the Hebrew word for life). The brooding theme is followed by 18 variations, with such titles as “Yearning” and “Pensive,” reflecting differing aspects of the human condition, before settling back to the original theme.

Stefania de Kenessey dedicated her Spontaneous D-Combustion to Ernst. I wasn’t sure what to expect, given this rather snarky title, and was surprised by the sprightly three movement work (which she plans to expand into a concerto), which sounds inspired by popular American music from the early jazz age. Even the drawling molto tranquillo at the center seems to wear a quietly contented smile.

The program closes with a gentle, lovely short work by Nancy Bloomer Deussen that seems to reflect the personality of the performer. Mary Kathleen Ernst has many opportunities to dazzle the ear in this recital, and careful listening reveals a formidable virtuosity. But she seems to understand that her primary responsibility is to share the work of this excellent group of American women composers, making the honest and faithful expression of their music her utmost goal. As it should be. Peter Burwasser

International ArtExpo 2013

September 21st, 2013

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Hakka for Orchestra 2014

September 21st, 2013

Hakka for large orchestra will be given its  world premiere by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra

in Taipei, Taiwan in October, 2014

Cercel de la Lune

March 1st, 2013

The video below is of the World Premiere of jingjingLuo’s Cercel de la Lune at her Art work and Calligraphy Exhibition Opening Night at The Beck Center for the Arts on January 11, 2013.


(http://youtu.be/zHdxTr5rKkI)

‘Cercel de la Lune’ for violin, piano and three Javanese gong ageng
Performers: Piano, Haewon Song, Violin, Clara Shannon, conductor, Chiachi Yen, Page turn E.J. Lee, percussion, jingjingLuo and Randall Chaves Camacho

Calligraphy/Painting Exhibition

January 9th, 2013

Jing jingLuo’s Ink Brush Calligraphy Art Work Exhibition


Location: The Beck Center for the Arts Gallery, Lakewood, Ohio

Friday, Jan. 11th, through April 11th, 2013

Public Reception: Friday, Jan. 11th, 2013   2-4 pm

Nueva Música Dúo performs ‘Beyond Beta’

July 25th, 2012

Nueva Música Dúo performs Jing Jing Luo’s Beyond Beta at the Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de León 2008. Recorded in the Auditorio Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Forum Cultural Guanajuato (León, Guanajuato, Mexico) on August 7, 2008.

Agenda

January 4th, 2012

Hakka, for orchestra  2014

World premiere by the Evergreen symphony orchestra in Taiwan, Taipie in October, 2014

Spirare, Potes Spirare  for flute and cello  2014

US World premiere by Clarie Chase and Katinka Kleijn at the Cultural Center in Chicago on June 15, 2014

Duration: ca. 13″

Piano duet  ‘The Lovers’ 2015

For Heawon and Bob

A new work world premiere by Heawon Sung and Robert Shannon

Duration: ca. 7’39″

 ’angelus lacrimarum’ for tenor saxophone and piano   2014

World premiere

Duration: ca. 12’

A work for solo flute and percussion ensemble 2014

Commissioned  by Sean Gabriel and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory percussion ensemble

Duration: ca. 8’20