For those of you who know his work as Tom Leher-esque song-writer for the Rapid Response Team or as a frequent guest writer/commenter here on Parabasis, tomorrow is a wonderful chance to see him do what he actually went to school for-- play classical piano. Well... ish. A lot of what Dave does is actually new music like Steve Reich and Michael Gordon.
But here's a chance to see him as a soloist in a program that he developed for himself! And not only that, it's a chance to check out a fairly innovative (while basic) experiment in performance technique. It's called Hold the Applause From the presenter's website:
Pianist David Hanlon's Hold the Applause concerts feature continuously played music, unbroken by bows and applause. David connects contemporary works with composed and improvised transitions, shaping the concert into an organic whole and inviting the listeners to submerge themselves in a stream of music... Hold the Applause concerts were primarily inspired by the once common practice in salon performances for the pianist to link different pieces through improvisation. This recital is structured to create a kind of sonic narrative with musical commentary via the original transitions.
One thing that gets me really excited about this is that its an adaptation of rather theatrical ideas of performance to the realm of solo piano. Another thing that gets me really excited about this is that it's my first chance to see Dave's solo work since his final recital at Manhattan School of Music. A third thing that gets me really excited about this (on a personal level) is that Dave and my friendship, spanning 19 years off-and-on was founded on and expanded by music, and playing music together.
So anyway... please come see it if you can. Here's all the logistical info:
Hold the Applause
David Hanlon, pianist
5:30 pm on Sunday, May 13, 2007
27 N. Moore Street, between Hudson and Varick.
1 to Franklin or A/C/E to Canal
$15, $10 student and seniors
HELMUT LACHENMANN: Guero
ALEX MINCEK: Flows; Stems
KYLE HILLBRAND: Fragment Continuum (World Premiere)
LUIGI NONO: ...sofferte onde serene...
THOMAS ADES: Traced Overhead
Oh, and in case you missed it, please please go read weekender Rob Grace's excellent latest entry into The Weekly 2008 here. I try not to post on Saturdays to make room for his analysis on the 2008 election but today just had some blog business to take care of.