Music critic Tim Page wrote, "Say it plainly - Michael Harrison's Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation is probably the most brilliant and original extended composition for solo piano since the early works of Frederic Rzewski three decades ago (and no, I am not forgetting Elliott Carter). What could have been a mere glossary of unfamiliar sonorities made possible by Harrison's unconventional tuning of a grand piano turned instead into a virtuosic tour-de-force that would have done credit to the hypothetical team of Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy working overtime."
" I was inspired to compose 'In Flight' in 1984 after hearing the guitarist Michael Hedges perform 'Aerial Boundaries' at the Oregon Country Fair. The work is dedicated to his memory. 'In Flight' is the title track to my first album and was featured on numerous compilations -- the work is the trailer for the Academy Award-winning film "Awakenings."
– Michael Harrison
Del Sol began as a thought on the night shift at Fermilab.
Charlton Lee, in his pre-viola days, loved the cutting edge of physics research – always looking for the next discovery, pushing boundaries. But he missed the way music connected people, building community by communicating in ways physics never would. What if he could bring that scientific passion for exploration to a string quartet?
Twenty-six years later, we are still sharing music that brings out the endorphins. Music that asks why not?
Although Del Sol began in New Mexico, the quartet quickly found its home in San Francisco where the city matched our hunger for innovation. We feel drawn to the West Coast tradition of freethinking outsider artists, fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology, and artistic innovation. Our current lineup, marked by the arrival of violinist Sam Weiser alongside mainstays Kathryn Bates and Ben Kreith, looks to bring a fresh energy, freedom, and precision to our diverse repertoire.
Del Sol has commissioned and premiered pieces by our heroes like Ben Johnston, Gabriela Lena Frank, Frederic Rzewski, Chinary Ung and Terry Riley. And while we have remained committed to building a community in the Bay Area, our performances take us all over the country, from Boonville Grange Hall in northern California to the Library Congress in Washington DC, and all over the world, with recent trips to Switzerland and China.
Given the current situation Del Sol, as are many, locked down.
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WINNER: CLEF D’OR GLOBAL MUSIC AWARD
AWARD OF THE GERMAN CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION
Lande has collaborated with many of today's leading soloists and rising stars, such as Vadim Repin, Hilary Hahn, Pavel Milyukov, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Olga Kern, Dmitry Kouzov, Xiayin Wang, Peter Laul, Maxim Mogilevsky, Eldar Nebolsin, Tianwa Yang, Gary Louie, Eugene Ugorski, Sergey Nakaryakov, Sergey Krylov, Alexander Knyazev, Andrei Gavrilov, Otto Sauter, and many more.
In 2008, Maestro Lande was appointed principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg State Symphony, and in 2011 he led the orchestra on a 24-concert "Tour of the Americas” including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Philadelphia’s KimmelCenter, Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Hall, and the Society of the Performing Arts in Houston, as well as the most prestigious venues in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. A sampling of reviews from that tour includes:
"In Tchaikovsky´s Fifth Symphony, the musicians produced a big, powerful sound, which Mr. Lande molded into a shapely, emotional reading.” —NEW YORK TIMES
"This [orchestra] did its home city and country proud.” —BOSTON GLOBE
"Tuesday’s all-Russian program was memorable for this attention to detail- just what one hopes.” —LOS ANGELES TIMES
A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and a former student of the renowned professor Gustav Maier, Maestro Lande enjoys a remarkable career as principal and guest conductor of major orchestras including the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra (in Washington D.C. and on a U.S. tour), the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Argentina, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (Florida) the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and many more.
Maestro Lande actively tours with various orchestras; his most recent notable tours include Central and South America, United States, South Korea, and Europe. He is also Music Director and Conductor of Washington (DC) Soloists Chamber Orchestra.
Vladimir Lande boasts an extraordinary recording career. His recordings received high critically acclaim and numerous awards, such as the Clef d’Or Global Music Award and the Award of the German Classical Music Critics Association. His CDs of Schubert’s Unfinished and Great Symphonies were released on Brilliant Classics in the summer of 2011, and his CD of American composer James Aikman's music was released on Naxos. Other notable recordings include works by Respighi and Castelnuovo-Tedesco as well as contemporary works for the Parma label. Currently, Maestro Lande is in the process of recording a 17 CD cycle of the complete symphonic works of Soviet composer Mieczslaw Weinberg, whose centennial will be celebrated in 2019. Maestro Lande is an expert and active champion of contemporary music, having recorded more than 30 CDs of contemporary compositions.
Vladimir Lande's vision for contemporary music crosses genre boundaries in such ground-breaking projects as "Concerto for Chef and Orchestra," and, in collaboration with the perfume industry in France, "The Fragrance of Sound."
In June of 2011 Maestro Lande successfully launched a series of video recordings for Naxos titled "Concerts from the Palaces of St. Petersburg.” His future plans include multiple high-definition video projects with the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra.
Lande has collaborated with many of today's leading soloists and rising stars, including Vadim Repin, Hilary Hahn, Pavel Milyukov, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Olga Kern, Dmitry Kouzov, Xiayin Wang, Peter Laul, Maxim Mogilevsky, Eldar Nebolsin, Tianwa Yang, Gary Louie, Eugene Ugorski, Sergey Nakaryakov, Sergey Krylov, Alexander Knyazev, Andrei Gavrilov, Otto Sauter, and many more.
Maestro Lande equally successful in conducting Symphonic, Opera and Ballet repertoire.
His upcoming conducting engagements include the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Argentina, and many others.
Maestro Lande divides his time between Russia and the USA when not on tour.
Vladimir Lande and the Siberian State Orchestra perform this powerful work with commitment and energy. And with sensitivity, giving Weinberg’s introspective passages the delicate poignancy they need. Lande and the SSO have also recorded the other parts of the trilogy: Symphony No. 18, “War — there is no word more cruel” (Naxos 8.57190), and Symphony No. 19, “Bright May”
“In Tchaikovsky´s Fifth Symphony, the musicians produced a big, powerful sound, which Mr. Lande molded into a shapely, emotional reading.” —NEW YORK TIMES
“Tuesday’s all-Russian program was memorable for this attention to detail -- just what one hopes.”
—LOS ANGELES TIMES
"The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra is a splendid ensemble. Under conductor Vladimir Lande the assurance and undoubted preparation pay dividends. —MusicWeb international
Noah Hoffeld's songs deliver the message that now’s the best time for us to breathe and tune into what we truly are. On his debut album Play Human, he brings home a message of spirituality and human values. Baeble Music says the LP "brings the best of classical music and modern rock to bear to gorgeous effect." And Music Existence says "Play Human is a masterfully executed work of art." Hoffeld came from a classical background, but playing Classical Music was never everything to him. Before graduating from Juilliard, he began pushing the limits by bringing rock and pop to the cello and asking questions that would push his musical life outside the box.
Noah's path is varied: performing his own music and performing featured cello for the likes of Renee Fleming, Philip Glass, and Natalie Merchant. He played on the 2020 Grammy-winning Finding Gabriel by Brad Mehldau and is a regular band member for Krishna Das, “the rock star of the yoga world,” where his commitment to the spiritual path finds expression in music. Later this year, Noah will release Love Rules, an instrumental album of meditative and groove-oriented music with collaborator-pianist Wells Hanley, along with famed Mark Egan on fretless bass and tabla-player Arjun Bruggerman, both of the Krishna Das band.
The Love Rules Quartet will be touring, playing concerts of instrumental “music of awareness,” followed by after-concert rock shows, celebrating the deep pulsation of life in songs laden with mantras of forgiveness, lovingkindness, mindfulness, and ecological healing. Hoffeld takes to the mic and sings from behind the cello and keyboard, Hanley moves from piano to keyboards, Egan goes from fretless to fretted bass, and Bruggerman moves from tablas to drum kit.
A longtime devotee of yoga and meditation, Hoffeld believes in the power of reflection to create meaningful change, and takes to heart Gandhi's 'Be the change you wish to see in the World.” 'Play Human' incites us to take a bigger view of life, and to stand up for one another, asking 'Why don't we all play human for a change? Loving each other shouldn't be out of range."
Noah is endorsed by Moog Synthesizers and NS electric cellos, and is a Ricci Artist, touring with the world's finest carbon fiber cellos. As well as enjoying the benefits of yoga and the outdoors, Noah’s a surfing novitiate at Brooklyn's Rockaway Beach.
Play Human is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
A concert program featureing Deviant's New Version of L'Histiore and a new arangement of Peter and the wolf. An iresistable program for Parents and Children.
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"Among the most exciting and ambitious new music ensembles in Washington, D.C." (Kyle Gullings, A Composer's Notebook), and "perhaps the DC region’s most exciting professional group dedicated to performing new classical music" (Jason McCool, The Pinkline Project), Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music.
Born in 2005 after composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on Craigslist.org seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has become one of the most important and adventurous ensembles in the District of Columbia's new music scene. Since its first concert in January, 2006, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 25 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Marc Mellits, Poul Ruders and Louis Andriessen. They have presented concerts in venues ranging from intimate community concert spaces like the Patricia M. Sitar Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring to prestigious locales such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Gallery and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2008 Great Noise Ensemble became the Ensemble in Residence at The Catholic University of America's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, bringing at least two of its regular season programs to the university's Ward Hall each year as well as fulfilling their educational mission by coaching student performers in rehearsals and performances of new works and through the reading and professional record-ng of new works by Catholic University student composer and headlining the University's annual "New Voices" festival of contemporary vocal music. Great Noise Ensemble was also recently named the Ensemble in Residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, where they will headline a new music series beginning in the 2012-13 concert season.
Highlights of the 2010-11 season include world premieres of works by Hannah Lash, David Smooke, Cornelius Dufallo, Sean Doyle and Randall Woolf and performances of works by Pierre Jalbert,
Robert Paterson, Angelica Negron, Eve Beglarian, D.J. Sparr, Marc Mellits, Carlos Carrillo, Rob Deemer, Al-exandra Gardner, Victoria Bond, Martin Van Brink, Stefan Freund, David Lang and Steve Reich at ven-ues like Ward Hall at the Catholic University of America, the Mansion at the Music Center at Strath-more and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The 2011-12 season also sees Great Noise Ensemble re-cording its first CD and making its New York debut at the Cutting Edge New Music Series at Symphony Space in April.. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
Joel Fan, Piano
Live Performance of Book III by György Ligeti: Recorded in Concert at the Sounding Series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Fan’s rendition of Barber’s technically challenging sonata, whose knockout last movement was written at the insistence of Vladimir Horowitz, is the performance by which most listeners will judge his achievement. He acquits himself wonderfully, even when compared to Horowitz and speed demon Marc—Andre Hamelin. The adagio is especially touching, and becomes more moving with repeated listening.” —Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice
Two Thoughts About the Piano: Augusta Read Thomas|Bernard Rands, Joel Fan, piano