Hey everyone! I am so excited to be playing with the amazing Chi-Chen Wu, piano at University of Wyoming this week on their faculty recital series! We'll be performing the Prokofiev Flute Sonata and some of my favorite Flute New Music Consortium discoveries: Shawn Okpebholo's On a Poem by Miho Nonaka, Kay HE's On the Pivot of an Abandoned Carousel for flute and electronics (those will both be Wyoming premieres), and (one of) the world premiere of Carter Pann's Giantess for flute and piano. Carter's piece was a consortium commission, and you can read more about the project here.
Okpebholo's solo piece uses a wide variety of extended techniques to wonderful atmospheric effect. And Kay's piece involves audio playback from my computer, with manipulation from me using a gaming pedal to advance musical "chunks" that I play against, to colorful and haunting effect. Giantess by Carter Pann, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, is Romantic in style, but with his own unique sense of harmonies (which will be familiar to those of you who have experienced his myriad wind symphony and mixed chamber pieces). It's a great opportunity to hear some of the amazing composer alive and working today and shop for a new favorite composer (or three). I hope you can join us!
Click here to watch beginning at 3pm MST on March 4!