CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 8 PM

Colin Currie
Daniel Druckman
Simon Crawford-Phillips
Philip Moore

Zankel Hall
“There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history, and Steve Reich is one of them,” wrote The Guardian. Two of Reich’s early works, Clapping Music and Drumming, are featured alongside the US premiere of Quartet. Clapping Music is a fascinating exploration of rhythm and syncopation, while the groundbreaking Drumming was conceived after the composer heard master drummers in Ghana.

Part of My Time, My Music.

Performers

  • Colin Currie, Percussion
  • Daniel Druckman, Percussion
  • Simon Crawford-Phillips, Piano
  • Philip Moore, Piano
  • Sarah Brailey, Vocalist
  • Jamie Jordan, Vocalist
  • Viola Chan, Piccolo
  • Juilliard Percussion Ensemble

Program

ALL-STEVE REICH PROGRAM
  • Clapping Music
  • Quartet (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • Drumming

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

  • Colin Currie


    Championing new music at the highest level, Colin Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today's foremost composers. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005 and the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music making. Performing regularly with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, Mr. Currie has premiered works by composers Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Dave Maric, Julia Wolfe, and Nico Muhly.

    This season, Mr. Currie is the artist-in-residence at London's Southbank Centre, where in autumn 2014 he is the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin, featuring a number of premieres by Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, James MacMillan, and Louis Andriessen. He is also the 2014-2015 Red Sofa artist at Rotterdam's De Doelen. Other highlights of the season include concerto performances with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Columbus Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Albany Symphony. He performs solo and chamber music recitals at the Montreux Festival, Wigmore Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, sound festival in Aberdeen, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

    Mr. Currie's dynamic percussion ensemble, The Colin Currie Group, was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms, followed by sold-out performances at the Southbank Centre. The ensemble has taken on the role of ambassadors of Reich's Drumming, which it has performed at many UK venues and festivals, and internationally at Tokyo Opera City and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.

    Mr. Currie's many concerto, recital, and chamber recordings include Goehr's Since Brass, nor Stone, released in September 2013; Rautavaara's Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which won a 2012 Gramophone Award; and Higdon's Percussion Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which won a 2010 Grammy Award. His recent recording of Holt's concerto a table of noises with The Hallé will be released in 2015.

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  • Daniel Druckman


    Percussionist Daniel Druckman is active as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician who concertizes throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra, and in recital in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Mr. Druckman is currently associate principal percussionist of the New York Philharmonic and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, where he serves as chairman of the percussion department and director of the percussion ensemble. He is also a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, and has made numerous guest appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Capo Chamber Players, The Group for Contemporary Music, American Brass Quintet, and Orpheus, among many others. Mr. Druckman has recorded for Columbia Records, Angel Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch Records, Bridge Records, Koch International Classics, Argo Records, and New World Records.

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  • Simon Crawford-Phillips


    Simon Crawford-Phillips has established an unusually varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, lieder accompanist, and most recently as a conductor. Recent engagements as a pianist include a series of concerts with the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, a residency with duo partner Philip Moore in Perth (Scotland), and a tour of Italy with the Mahler Chamber Soloists. Last summer, he made appearances at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Festival Resonances in Belgium, Savannah Music Festival in the US, and West Cork Music Festival in Ireland. Future projects include chamber collaborations in North America and Europe with artists such as Michael Collins, Daniel Hope, Truls Mørk, Lawrence Power, and Anne Sofie von Otter.

    Mr. Crawford-Phillips is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. This year, the ensemble released two discs of Fauré chamber music for Naxos, as well as performed in Italy, France, Finland, Sweden, and England.
    Most recently, he co-founded the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, a group made up of some of Europe's most exciting chamber musicians who aim to redefine the concert experience. The ensemble has its own series at Musikaliska in Stockholm and is currently the focus of a documentary for Sveriges Television.

    In addition to radio and television broadcasts in Europe, Australia, and Japan, Mr. Crawford-Phillips has also recorded for the BIS, Deux-Elles, Hyperion, harmonia mundi, Naxos, and Signum record labels. In June 2010, he was appointed as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Mr. Crawford-Phillips holds teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Gothenburg's Academy of Music and Drama.

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  • Philip Moore


    British pianist Philip Moore was born in 1976 and grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon. He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne, during which time he won many prizes. Upon leaving, he was awarded the Meaker Fellowship and was appointed an associate of the RAM in 2003. In 2004 he became a Steinway Artist.

    Mr. Moore has performed in the US, Canada, Korea, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Tunisia, and at all of the major UK venues. He has recorded for radio and television throughout Europe, and appeared as a concerto soloist with, among others, The Hallé, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Moore is pianist of the Scotland-based Hebrides Ensemble and has worked with many international artists, giving duo and chamber music performances and broadcasts with groups such as Eco Ensemble, London Conchord Ensemble, and Britten Sinfonia. In 2006, he and pianist Andrew West began a two-year collaboration with the Michael Clark Company, performing Stravinsky's two-piano version of The Rite of Spring at the Barbican and on tour around the world. He has recorded for the Linn, Naxos, Signum, and Deux-Elles record labels.

    Mr. Moore's piano duo with Simon Crawford-Phillips has won international prizes and awards, including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2004. The duo has performed and been broadcast internationally, and has made frequent appearances as concerto artists and recitalists at the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall. Mr. Moore and Mr. Crawford-Phillips have given world premieres of Detlev Glanert's Two Piano Concerto and, at the 2009 BBC Proms, Anna Meredith's Two Piano Concerto.

    Mr. Moore lives in North London with his wife and two sons.

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  • Sarah Brailey


    Soprano
    Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a concert and chamber music artist. This season, Ms. Brailey makes her solo debut with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Handel's Messiah. She returns throughout the season as a guest artist with Grammy-winning contemporary vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and performs a staging of John Zorn's Holy Visions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Recent highlights include Britten's Les illuminations with Novus NY; Caldara's Maddalena with the American Classical Orchestra; Handel's Samson under the baton of Nicholas McGegan; Reich's Music for 18 Musicians with Ensemble Signal; Brahms's Liebeslieder with the Polydora Ensemble; Bach's Cantata No. 51: "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!" with Trinity Baroque; and premieres of works by John Zorn, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O'Regan, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, and Scott Wheeler. She has recorded with tUne-yArDs, John Zorn, Paola Prestini, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Grammy-nominated vocal quartet New York Polyphony.

    Ms. Brailey has received national finalist awards in the 2014 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition and the Madison Early Music Festival's Handel Aria Competition. Recent opera engagements include performances of Stefan Weisman's The Scarlet Ibis with American Opera Projects and Lera Auerbach's The Blind at Lincoln Center Festival. Ms. Brailey can be heard on recordings released by Naxos, Tzadik, Musica Omnia, BIS Records, Soundbrush Records, and VIA Records.

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  • Jamie Jordan


    Jamie Jordan is a versatile musician who specializes in contemporary classical music. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Brooklyn Philharmonic chamber music series; the Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Phil New Music Group; Harvard Club of New York City; June in Buffalo, Lincoln Center Festival, and Miller Theatre with Ensemble Signal; Wesleyan University with Mantra Percussion; Mimesis Ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall; MATA Festival with the Talea Ensemble; Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Bob Becker; and ShapeShifter Lab, The Stone, and Symphony Space with Encompass New Opera Theatre.

    Ms. Jordan has been a guest artist at Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Fredonia, Syracuse University, University of Maryland, University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Unruly Music festival, and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. She has performed in concerts sponsored by Ethos New Music Society and the Society for New Music, and as a soloist with Alia Musica Pittsburgh and Southern Tier Symphony.

    A passionate music educator, Ms. Jordan worked as a teaching artist and archivist for the New York Philharmonic. She spent eight summers as a clinician for Summer Sounds Music Festival in Washington, and has taught at Arizona State University, Eastman School of Music, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, as well as in public and private schools throughout Michigan and New York. Ms. Jordan can be heard on Albany Records, GIA Publications, Innova, Ravello Records, and Sanctuary Jazz. She earned degrees in jazz studies, opera performance, and music education.

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  • Viola Chan


    A native of Rosemead, California, flutist
    Viola Chan has performed as both an instrumentalist and vocalist in venues around the world, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Davies Symphony Hall, Vienna Musikverein, and Hamamatsu Concert Hall. A 2014 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music (Instrumental) and member of the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers' Association of California, she hopes to become an advocate of the arts, instrumental music, and the flute repertoire. Ms. Chan is pursuing a bachelor's degree at The Juilliard School with Carol Wincenc.

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  • Juilliard Percussion Ensemble


    The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble was founded in the late 1960s by Saul Goodman. It has also been led by Roland Kohloff, and by its current music director, Daniel Druckman. In addition to its yearly series at Alice Tully Hall and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the ensemble has concertized throughout the New York area. The ensemble has made recent guest appearances at Merkin Hall; the New Works October series at Miller Theatre; Cutting Edge series at Greenwich House; and several appearances at Carnegie Hall as part of Maurizio Pollini and Leif Ove Andsnes's Perspectives series. The ensemble is often featured on The Juilliard School's annual FOCUS! festival. In 2001, it collaborated with the Juilliard Music Technology Center to present an evening of interactive music. In fall 2005, the ensemble collaborated with the Juilliard Dance Division in the world premiere of an evening-length work choreographed by Eliot Feld and set to Steve Reich's Drumming, which inaugurated Juilliard's centennial year celebration. In 2007, it joined forces with the Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble to present several performances of Charles Wuorinen's seminal Percussion Symphony.

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Pre-concert

Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Zankel Hall: Steve Reich and Colin Currie in conversation with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.

Audio

Steve Reich's Drumming: Part II
Steve Reich and Musicians
Nonesuch Records

In the Artist's Own Words

The music of Steve Reich, besides being central to the development of music as a whole since his earliest works of the 1960s, is to me a uniquely beautiful, lyrical, and completely captivating world. Utterly distinctive, his harmonic voice is as fascinating as his instinct for instrumental color and combination, his command of rhythm as original as his dexterity with counterpoint and structure. It is simply not possible to imagine our musical lives without him and his astonishing creativity and influence. 

Many of us have had epiphanic moments when performing his pieces. For me, one happened during my first time performing Drumming (for the composer’s 70th birthday celebrations at the BBC Proms in 2006) with the ensemble that became my own unit devoted to his music, The Colin Currie Group. I recall the dizzying effect of the full power of his processes, the realization of certain musical mantras in real time, and the sheer depth of this perfectly simple, yet endlessly complex material. This piece has become a key one for me, and it is a joy to bring it to Carnegie Hall in the composer’s presence.

Quartet is a miraculous new work—one of the most ambitious in Reich’s output and one of the most enthralling. A true piece of chamber music, it requires great sensitivity from the ensemble with the two pairs of musicians combining for a mighty foursome. When I saw the score for the first time, I told the composer that it seemed he was “going-on-80, going-on-18”—such is the immaculate vigor on display here. Furthermore, I’m delighted with the strident and impassioned melodic sense, especially ebullient in the rapturous finale.

Perfectly formed, thoroughly gripping. Thank you, Steve Reich, for all that you have brought us. 


—Colin Currie

Program Notes
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