Photo: Nino Cocciarella
Jerome Kitzke, composer
Zara Lawler, flute
THIS EVENT HAS OCCURRED
Sunday, November 7, 2009 / 5:00 PM
with guest artists:
Anthony de Mare, piano
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Christopher Grymes, clarinet
This exciting and unusual performance features a dancing flutist, toy piano, and works that combine instrumental music with spoken text. Composer (and toy pianist) Jerome Kitzke and flutist Zara Lawler, both Northern Manhattan residents, have created an interdisciplinary program that offers fresh perspectives on modern pieces. Kitzke has also written a piece for Lawler, featuring alto flute, piccolo, and vocalizing, that will be premiered at the concert.
Linda Holland - Flute ‘n’ Boots for dancing flutist
Edie Hill (text by Basho) - This Floating World for speaking flutist
Albert Roussell - Joueurs de Flûte for speaking flutist & pianist (text by Virgil, Mirabai, and Henri de Reignier)
David Sloan - Five Flights of Fancy for flute & clarinet
Works by featured composer Jerome Kitzke
Regina Takes the Holy Road, 3 December 1994 for bass clarinet & vocals
The Animist Child for toy piano & vocals
The Green Automobile for speaking pianist
Sunflower Sutra for speaking pianist (texts by Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Kitzke)
New work for alto flute & piccolo, vocals
About the performers:
Jerome Kitzke was born in Milwaukee in 1955 and has lived in New York City since 1984. His music arises from the North American landscape and celebrates vitality in its purest forms, thriving on the spirit of driving jazz, Plains Indian song, and Beat Generation poetry, where freedom and ritual converge. It is direct, dramatic, and visceral, always with an ear to the sacred ground. Often political and always topical, his music aims at revealing the heart of what it means to be an American early in the 21st Century, especially as it relates to how we live on this land and the way we came to live on it. His music has been played around the world and can be found on the Innova, Mode, and New World record labels, as well as on iTunes. Current commissions include The Fire at 4 a.m. for the American Composers Orchestra and Buffalo Nation (Bison bison) for Present Music. Mr. Kitzke’s music is published by Peer Music in New York City and Hamburg.
Flutist Zara Lawler made her New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall, has been a soloist with many orchestras including the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies, and was the assistant principal flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. For the last ten years, her work has expanded to include dance, theater and storytelling elements, with the innovative chamber groups Asterisk and Full Fathom, with the national touring ensemble Tales & Scales, and in several collaborations with choreographer C. Neil Parsons. In 2009, she was a featured soloist for the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention. With Tales & Scales, Lawler performed over 200 shows a year, combining music, theater and dance, for children and family audiences in venues ranging from school cafeterias to symphony orchestra halls. She has won numerous competitions including Artists International, Ima Hogg, and the New York Flute Club. Lawler is currently based in New York City, where she works as a flutist, interdisciplinary performing artist and coach. She can be found on the web at www.zaralawler.com, and she writes a blog about learning music: www.thepracticenotebook.com. With her duo partner, marimbist Paul J. Fadoul, she is also a teaching artist for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC.
Anthony de Mare’s dazzling virtuosity and originality have helped establish him as a true champion of contemporary music. He has inspired and premiered the creation of new work by composers of all generations and styles and has commissioned and collaborated with many of the world’s most esteemed musical artists. Praised for his “muscularly virtuosic, remarkably uninhibited performance [and] impressive talents” (The New York Times), his performances continue to draw praise from leading music critics for breathing new life into the recital format. Having been awarded First Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition (The Netherlands) and The International Competition of Contemporary Piano Music (France), de Mare debuted under the auspices of Young Concert Artists and gave his Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall. Since then he has become well known to international audiences for his solo and concerto performances as well as his pioneering achievements in concert theater. He has often been credited for fueling the explosive recent growth and popularity of compositions written for the speaking/singing pianist, the genre that he created 20 years ago. De Mare is presently engaged in the creation and performance of his most ambitious project to date, the much-anticipated Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano, set to preview this season in selected venues in the USA and Canada. This landmark concert series will feature the work of 30 leading contemporary composers, commissioned to create a new piece based on the inspirational source material of Sondheim’s gorgeous melodies. With nearly twenty recordings in his discography, Innova will release Mr. de Mare’s newest recording entitled Speak! in 2010, whichwill be the first disc devoted exclusively to the speaking/singing pianist. The disc features works by Frederic Rzewski, Jerome Kitzke, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Derek Bermel and Rodney Sharman, including the two seminal works, “De Profundis” and “Sunflower Sutra”, which have been created for him. Currently professor of piano at Manhattan School of Music and New York University, his commitment to educating young people and encouraging them to initiate creative strategies as innovative professionals is evidenced by his residency work at universities across North America, in which he has inspired a whole new generation of pianists and contemporary music advocates.
Since receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, pianist Margaret Kampmeier has performed in hundreds of concerts, presented numerous premières and recorded extensively. She has performed across the United States of America, in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, and is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral keyboardist and teacher of piano. She is a founding member of the New Millenium Ensemble, a mixed chamber group which won the 1995 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and released its début CD in January of 1998. Ms Kampmeier has appeared as guest artist with the Kronos Quartet, performs regularly with the Orchestra of St Lukes’s and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has appeared often as guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Active as an educator, Ms Kampmeier teaches at Princeton University and has presented forums on music of women composers and contemporary techniques. As a recording artist, Ms Kampmeier can be heard on Centaur, CRI, Koch, Nonesuch and Bridge labels. Festival appearances include Caramoor, Vancouver Recital Society, Bard and Tanglewood. Margaret Kampmeier holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and the State university of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.
An eclectic and versatile performer, clarinetist Christopher Grymes's playing has been described as "brilliant" (The Clarinet) and "stunningly beautiful" (Classical Voice of North Carolina). An active performer of orchestral, chamber, and new music, Mr. Grymes has been a featured performer at the Third Practice Electro-Acoustic Music Festival; is a frequent performer with the Four Seasons Music Festival, the Wilmington Chamber Society, and Mallarme Chamber Players; and from 2002-2005 was principal clarinetist of the Winston-Salem Symphony. In addition, he has served as bass clarinetist with the North Carolina Symphony and has performed with the Boston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and many other orchestras thoughout the United States. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he won first prize in the 1996 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) National Collegiate Woodwind Soloist Competition. He has also been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra and a fellow at the Norfolk/Yale Summer School of Music Chamber Music Festival (Contemporary Music Seminar). From 1999-2001 he was a member of Tales & Scales, a quartet of young musicians/actors dedicated to bringing quality new music and storytelling to young audiences across the country. Mr. Grymes is currently on faculty at the East Carolina University School of Music.