Performance Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Timo Andres
Gabriel Kahane

Zankel Hall
This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries’ worth of music, from J. S. Bach to world premieres written by Gabriel Kahane and Timo Andres for one another. At the center of the program is a call-and-response between the two composer-performers, juxtaposing solo piano music with songs for piano and voice that range from Schubert, Schumann, and Thomas Adès, to Jerome Kern and Andrew Norman. Framing this quasi-live mix tape are sets of Britten folk song settings and Ives songs, each nested in the lapidary elegance of Kurtág’s transcriptions of Bach chorale preludes.


  • Timo Andres, Piano
  • Gabriel Kahane, Piano and Vocals


  • BACH Chorale Prelude: "O Lamm Gottes unschuldig," BWV 618 (transcr. Kurtág)
  • BRITTEN Selections from Folk Song Arrangements
    ·· "The Salley Gardens"
    ·· "The Trees They Grow So High"
    ·· "The Ash Grove"
    ·· "O Waly, Waly"
  • GABRIEL KAHANE Works on Paper (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • TIMO ANDRES Mirror Songs (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • GABRIEL KAHANE "Dream Job" from Three Vernacular Songs
  • THOMAS ADÈS Three Mazurkas, Op. 27
  • GABRIEL KAHANE "Side Streets"
  • SCHUMANN "Verrufene Stelle" from Waldszenen, Op. 82
  • SCHUMANN "Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome" from Dichterliebe, Op. 48
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat Major, D. 899, No. 3
  • GABRIEL KAHANE "Where are the Arms"
  • ANDREW NORMAN "Don't Even Listen"
  • TIMO ANDRES "To Whom it May Concern" from Work Songs
  • IVES "Tom Sails Away"
  • IVES "The Things Our Fathers Loved"
  • IVES "The Housatonic at Stockbridge"
  • BACH Sonatina from Cantata No. 106: "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus)" (transcr. Kurtág)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Timo Andres

    Timo Andres is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at Yale University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. A Nonesuch Records artist, he has been critically acclaimed for his newest album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, and his 2010 debut album for two pianos, Shy and Mighty.

    In 2015-2016, Andres's new works include a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a string quartet for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series. He tours with fellow composer-performer Gabriel Kahane to Carnegie Hall, the Newman Center in Denver, The Schubert Club in St. Paul, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and with Philip Glass, joining the composer in performances of Glass's complete piano etudes, with dates in Mexico City and Chicago. Last season, he performed with Glass at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, San Francisco Performances, Dublin's National Concert Hall, and London's Barbican Centre.

    Other recent highlights include commissions from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as a consortium that includes Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and San Francisco Performances for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet.

    As a pianist, Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, The Phillips Collection, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and San Francisco Performances. He appeared at the 2014 Ojai Music Festival with The Knights, and performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the North Carolina Symphony in January and May 2015.

    Andres earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Yale School of Music. He frequently performs with the new music ensemble ACME and is one-sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers' collective. Visit for more information. 

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  • Gabriel Kahane

    Throughout the last decade, Gabriel Kahane has quietly established himself as one of the leading exponents of American song, grafting a deep interest in character and narrative to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. On the heels of his major label debut, The Ambassador, he celebrates the release this year of his fifth LP, The Fiction Issue, an album that comprises three chamber works performed by string quartet Brooklyn Rider, with vocal appearances by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Kahane himself.

    Kahane has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills, and Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), for whom he opened 40 concerts in the US last year. In addition to a tour with Brooklyn Rider in support of The Fiction Issue, this season finds Kahane making his European debut with concerts at Kings Place in London, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki, among others.

    Kahane has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured in the spring of 2013 for performances of Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States, an hourlong cycle on texts from the WPA's American Guide Series. He has written three works for the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL to be performed by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and violinist Jennifer Koh.

    An avid theater artist, Kahane starred at BAM in the critically lauded staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany. That production was also presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and by Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has been an artist-in-residence since 2014. He is also the composer-lyricist of the musical February House, which was premiered in 2012 at the Public Theater, for whom he is currently writing a new evening-length musical theater work. A fellow of both The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, Kahane lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Timo Andres and Gabriel Kahane in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

A Duo Recital

Five Years of Friendship in the Making

"This is like from When Harry Met Sally," says Gabriel Kahane. Sitting beside his fellow composer Timo Andres at a table in a corner park in Brooklyn on a beautiful afternoon, Kahane recalls the origins of their friendship. "And he was going to rehearse the Ligeti Horn Trio, and I was going to rehearse …" Kahane trails off, jokily impersonating an elderly man reminiscing about a high school sweetheart.

When they first met back in 2010, Kahane and Andres were both budding composers in their 20s, but already carrying impressive musical credentials. Kahane had released his first record of songs, for which he sang and played piano, banjo, and guitar, and was joined by the likes of Chris Thile and Sufjan Stevens. Having completed graduate school in composition at Yale and subsequently moving to New York, Andres was gigging as a pianist and had already recorded an acclaimed album of his compositions for the Nonesuch label. Kahane sought to commission a group of composers for an upcoming performance and stumbled across Andres's music online. They met in a now-defunct cafe in the quiet, leafy neighborhood of Ditmas Park and hit it off. The culmination of that five-year friendship can be heard in Andres and Kahane's recital this evening. Both composers play piano and Kahane sings, highlighting musical favorites as well as premiering new works that they have written for each other. 

Program Notes


Listen to the full album here


Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
Funding for this commission is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
This performance is part of Signatures.

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