Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some solo shows coming up!

I'm excited to be doing some solo piano shows next week:

Tuesday March 25th at IBeam at 9:30pm, Greg Chudzik plays a solo electric bass set at 8:30pm.

Sunday March 30th at Centerport Methodist Church at 3pm in Centerport, NY.

I'll be playing some classical repertoire in my set for the first time, as well as some new original music and a few standards. I've been working on Schumann's Kinderszenen on and off for about a year, and I feel like I've developed a real emotional connection to this collection of pieces. Kinderszenen, or "Scenes From Childhood" consists of thirteen short pieces depicting an adult's reminiscence of childhood, each with a descriptive title. Schumann added the titles after the pieces were completed describing them as "nothing more than delicate hints for execution and interpretation".

My pianist heroes for this work are Martha Argerich and Vladimir Horowitz, and also the immortal Alfred Cortot, who brings out the strangest and most unexpected nuances in the music. Here is Cortot giving a masterclass on the profound final piece in the cycle, "The Poet Speaks". The best piano lesson ever.

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