Conor Hanick

Conor Hanick

new york city-based pianist

KKL Luzern.

Heinz Holliger conducting his own Scardanelli-Zyklus at the Lucerne Festival, and probably telling the woodwinds that their quarter-tones are not in tune.

"Your ears are your instrument, the rest is just metal." - H.H.
Heinz Holliger conducting his own Scardanelli-Zyklus at the Lucerne Festival, and probably telling the woodwinds that their quarter-tones are not in tune.

"Your ears are your instrument, the rest is just metal." - H.H.

Heinz Holliger conducting his own Scardanelli-Zyklus at the Lucerne Festival, and probably telling the woodwinds that their quarter-tones are not in tune.

"Your ears are your instrument, the rest is just metal." - H.H.

Best responses to last night’s performance of Matthias Pintscher’s Uriel for cello and piano at The Music Academy of the West Faculty Chamber Music concert:

  • "Wait, so you learned this voluntarily?"
  • [Before the first note, woman overheard saying,] “This is already a waste of my time.”
  • "It felt like I was moving through a haunted house, peeking around every corner because I was terrified of what would come next."
  • "I never would have thought that people considered this actual music."
  • "The piece was like hearing a ballet."
The New York Times, July 23, 2014
Also cool : the piano I chose is Mitsuko Uchida’s Steinway of choice, which wasn’t a surprise after hearing its 50-shades-of-pianissimo during a test-run of the Feldman.
The New York Times, July 23, 2014
Also cool : the piano I chose is Mitsuko Uchida’s Steinway of choice, which wasn’t a surprise after hearing its 50-shades-of-pianissimo during a test-run of the Feldman.

The New York Times, July 23, 2014

Also cool : the piano I chose is Mitsuko Uchida’s Steinway of choice, which wasn’t a surprise after hearing its 50-shades-of-pianissimo during a test-run of the Feldman.

Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók

alethiosaur:

The sky is falling (in the best way)!
alethiosaur:

The sky is falling (in the best way)!

alethiosaur:

The sky is falling (in the best way)!

justanothermasterpiece:

Joan Mitchell.
justanothermasterpiece:

Joan Mitchell.

justanothermasterpiece:

Joan Mitchell.

"Whose Fingers Brush The Sky"

Getting set to record the cello, percussion and piano trio (Cantantes Metallis) and a solo piano piece (Whose Fingers Brush the Sky) of David Fulmer.

He was evidently into this poem, “The Wind”, of Emily Dickinson:

Of all the sounds despatched abroad, 
There’s not a charge to me
Like that old measure in the boughs,
That phraseless melody

The wind does, working like a hand
Whose fingers brush the sky,
Then quiver down, with tufts of tune
Permitted gods and me.

When winds go round and round in bands,
And thrum upon the door,
And birds take places overhead,
To bear them orchestra,

I crave him grace, of summer boughs,
If such an outcast be,
He never heard that fleshless chant
Rise solemn in the tree,

As if some craven sound
On deserts, in the sky,
Had broken rank,
Then knit, and passed
In seamless company.

Spoleto Press, a festival postmortem

An exciting three weeks in Charleston wrapped up with a depleted restaurant per diem, many meaningful musical experiences, and a boat load of press. A few highlights:

There are reams of criticism about Spoleto’s production of John Adams’ El Niño (which you can read here), but for starters, check out the New York Times and Wall Street Journal wrap-ups:

Spoleto USA, up in your business starting tomorrow evening, May 23, with John Adams El Niño. There will be much rhythm and many acoustical oddities emanating from my 1980s keyboard sampler pack. 

Also this weekend, I join forces with The Great George Nickson for a Music In Time recital of percussion / piano music by John Luther Adams (including the epic Four Thousand Holes) and a new piece by John Kennedy.

Oh, and then there is Murail, Abrahamsen, Andriessen and Fulmer later. But that’s a lifetime away …
Spoleto USA, up in your business starting tomorrow evening, May 23, with John Adams El Niño. There will be much rhythm and many acoustical oddities emanating from my 1980s keyboard sampler pack. 

Also this weekend, I join forces with The Great George Nickson for a Music In Time recital of percussion / piano music by John Luther Adams (including the epic Four Thousand Holes) and a new piece by John Kennedy.

Oh, and then there is Murail, Abrahamsen, Andriessen and Fulmer later. But that’s a lifetime away …
Spoleto USA, up in your business starting tomorrow evening, May 23, with John Adams El Niño. There will be much rhythm and many acoustical oddities emanating from my 1980s keyboard sampler pack. 

Also this weekend, I join forces with The Great George Nickson for a Music In Time recital of percussion / piano music by John Luther Adams (including the epic Four Thousand Holes) and a new piece by John Kennedy.

Oh, and then there is Murail, Abrahamsen, Andriessen and Fulmer later. But that’s a lifetime away …

Spoleto USA, up in your business starting tomorrow evening, May 23, with John Adams El Niño. There will be much rhythm and many acoustical oddities emanating from my 1980s keyboard sampler pack.

Also this weekend, I join forces with The Great George Nickson for a Music In Time recital of percussion / piano music by John Luther Adams (including the epic Four Thousand Holes) and a new piece by John Kennedy.

Oh, and then there is Murail, Abrahamsen, Andriessen and Fulmer later. But that’s a lifetime away …

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