Kim Perlak ’01MM releases CD of American music

Kim Perlak ’01MM has released Common Ground, a disc of new American music for solo classical guitar.

The CD was recorded March of 2011 in Sprague Hall with engineer Eugene Kimball, the School of Music’s recording engineer. All of the music on the recording is American, new, and written by living composers.

The recording features works by two Yale School of Music composers: faculty member Benjamin Verdery, and Robert Honstein (MMA). Other pieces on the disc are by Andrew York, Bryan Johnason, David Leisner, and Perlak herself.

The recording, which was released on April 2, is available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. Cactus Cafe, the legendary venue in Austin, Texas (operated by local NPR station KUT 90.5), hosted the CD release concert.

Writes Perlak: “The music on this recording is one of place. Each of these composers has found his voice in a combination of the grooves, lyricism, sensibilities, and techniques from the American and classical guitar traditions. Their unique and distinctive sounds have the ability to tap into emotional and personal memory, and at the same time, reflect the broader American experience.

“As an interpreter, I was drawn to each of these pieces both sonically and emotionally. In the time I’ve played them, each work has come to feel like an old or new friend. To varying degrees, I’ve had the privilege to know each composer and am grateful for the personal insight and artistic room they have contributed to my playing. It has been a joy to find within each work a common root, a common feeling – a common ground.” MORE

Published April 24, 2012
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New video on Music in Schools Initiative

“For the first time in their lives, they’re getting musical instruction.” Ruben Rodriguez, the lead teacher in the Music in Schools Initiative, talks about YSM’s programs in the New Haven Public Schools. Meet teaching artists Kaitlin Taylor, Rosa Jang, and Paul Futer, and hear young students talk about their experiences studying a musical instrument with YSM musicians.

“When you can find that music helps a whole community in such a big way, your life can change.”

Music in Schools Initiative – Yale School of Music from yalemusic on Vimeo.

The programs of the Music in Schools Initiative are made possible by the endowment created by the Yale College Class of 1957.

Published April 24, 2012
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May 10th concert features Matthew Barnson’s three violin sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring the music of Matthew Barnson on Thursday, May 10, 2012. This performance was rescheduled from January 26th. The program will feature Barnson’s three sonatas for violin and piano, as well as a work for solo piano.

The concert opens with Shattered Lines/Points of Horizon, composed in 2009. Barnson writes: “I began Shattered Lines/Points of Horizon as an abstract fantasy on French Baroque ornamentation, but the work evolved into what a listener might hear as a series of six or seven large-scale, highly elaborated ornaments.”

This piece will be performed by Taka Kigawa, whom the New York Times called a “formidable pianist [with] the technique and imagination to clarify the structure and musical syntax of difficult works.” MORE

Published April 24, 2012
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