Upcoming Concerts

Boston Musica Viva Concert: Northeast by Far East

Saturday 04, November 2017 ( 8 00 pm )

Edward Pickman Hall
Longy School of Music

Cambridge, MA

Peter Child: 10 Basho Poems world premiere
David Horne: Spike
Zhou Long: Metal, Stone, Silk, Bamboo
     Yazhi Guo, soloist
Joyce Mekeel: Rune
William Kraft: Kaleidoscope

Acclaimed by music critics as “the best suona player in China,” Guo Yazhi makes his BMV debut as our featured soloist in a complex and intriguing work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Zhou Long. In Metal, Stone, Silk, Bamboo, Yazhi will showcase an array of unique woodwind instruments chosen in consultation with the composer that are rarely seen or heard in the West. 

Representing the West (by way of the Northeast) are works by four composers with long ties to BMV: A world premiere by MIT’s Peter Child, and previous BMV commissions by Joyce Mekeel, William Kraft, and Scottish composer David Horne. Child returns after a successful world premiere on our Family Concert last season. Mekeel was a longtime peer and friend of BMV Music Director Richard Pittman based in Boston. Kraft, based in LA, has proven a BMV favorite with a particular talent writing for percussion, his primary instrument. And Horne, while from across the pond, wrote Spike for us while he was studying at Harvard.

For more information, please go to http://www.bmv.org

 

Concert with SWARMIUS at Cornelia Street Café

Friday 10, November 2017 ( 8 30 pm )

My band SWARMIUS creates mercurial, shape-shifting classical music fusion, fluently blending Mexico, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Brazil.  Featuring new repertoire by Jozefius, including songs from an  upcoming opera, "St Frances de Los Barrios", a magical realistic tale inspired by the Francis of Assisi myth, set in modern day Tijuana, drugs, borders and pope included. With Jozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters) on electronics, Saximus (aka Todd Rewoldt) & Schrodinger's Sax (aka Michael Couper)  on reeds,  Peripateticus (aka Geoffrey Burleson) on piano,  Tempus Rhythmicus (aka Daniel Pate) on percussion, and special guest Charles Colman, baritone.

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014

Concert with SWARMIUS at Cornelia Street Café

Friday 10, November 2017 (10 00 pm )

My band SWARMIUS creates mercurial, shape-shifting classical music fusion, fluently blending Mexico, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Brazil.  Featuring new repertoire by Jozefius, including songs from an  upcoming opera, "St Frances de Los Barrios", a magical realistic tale inspired by the Francis of Assisi myth, set in modern day Tijuana, drugs, borders and pope included. With Jozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters) on electronics, Saximus (aka Todd Rewoldt) & Schrodinger's Sax (aka Michael Couper)  on reeds,  Peripateticus (aka Geoffrey Burleson) on piano,  Tempus Rhythmicus (aka Daniel Pate) on percussion, and special guest Charles Colman, baritone.

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014

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Press Reviews

"Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting a rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor...and an appropriate sense of fetching color. Burleson played vibrantly...ending his program with a compelling account of Boulez's formidably complex Piano Sonata No. 3."
- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Burleson gave an irresistably supple reading of Liszt's "Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este", and in his performance of Debussy's "Pour le piano", the Sarabande was delightfully hazy, and the Toccata was an explosion of energy. He followed this with Saint-Saens's expansive "Caprice on Ballet Airs From Gluck's 'Alceste'" before closing the concert with three of his own virtuosic, lively, occasionally jazzy improvisations on a handful of Debussy themes."
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Both works (Charles Ives's 'Three-Page Sonata' and Vincent Persichetti's Sonata No. 12) are couched in complex rhythms, with attractively simple melodies sometimes swimming through them. And Mr. Burleson played them with the energy and passion of a jazz player at the densest moment of a solo. He brought a similar power, as well as an improvisatory imagination, to Frank Zappa's 'Bebop Tango.'"
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Burleson is a remarkable pianist, with tireless attack, unflagging rhythm and energy to burn."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"A top-notch pianist...Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
- The Washington Post

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Featured Releases

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4:  Dances And Souvenirs - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Order online "Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs"

Artists

Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

"Burleson has immersed himself in the entirety of Saint-Saëns' output and is a powerful advocate for this music.  He plays with all the requisite technique and a style and flair that one would expect from music firmly entrenched in the romantic style.  His booklet notes are enlightening, and the piano sound is wonderful.  I am sure that I will also enjoy the future volumes in this series."

-James Harrington, American Record Guide

 

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