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NZSM Hunter Series: Pangea Piano Project


Thu 26 May 2011, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Te Kōkī, the New Zealand School of Music presents the 2011 Hunter Series, a series of Thursday evening concerts featuring music making of the very highest calibre.

In May, New Zealand Music Month, the Pangea Piano Project (Ya-Ting Liou and Blas González) present a concert of all-NZ music for solo, duet and duo piano including:

Variations on a Prayer (2010) by Kenneth Young
Three Rhythmics (1987) by Jack Body
Suite No. 2- Four Dances from Electra (1988) by Edwin Carr
Zeal (1992) by John Psathas

Taiwanese pianist Ya-Ting Liou and Argentinian Blas González are the Pangea Piano Project. The goal of the Pangea Piano Project is to combine standard piano music with less conventional repertoire for solo, duet and duo.

“Considering the vast musical literature that has been written for the piano,” says Blas, “at times one feels tempted to think that no new surprises can come from works written for this instrument. This programme though, proves that much room for innovation can come from compositions written for piano four-hands or two pianos. It also proves that the panorama of New Zealand’s classical music is nowadays wide and varied.”

Ya-Ting Liou and Blas González, who have performed internationally as the Pangea Piano Project, invite you to immerse yourself in the music of NZ composers Edwin Carr, Jack Body, Ken Young and John Psathas. Carr’s Suite from his ballet ‘Electra’ will astound you with its “electrifying” rhythmic impulse throughout; Psathas’ ‘Zeal’ mixes avant-garde and popular music and Body’s ‘Three Rhyhmics’ might make the pianists to finish the recital entangled!

Ya-Ting and Blas have commissioned, premiered and recorded works by composers from diverse lands, including countries from the Far East, Middle East, Australasia, Africa and South America. They have presented on the topic of music and cultural identity in conferences, and have appeared on radio interviews in Kansas City, Chicago, and National Radio in Argentina.

The Hunter Concert Series are concerts in which the NZSM presents their performance staff/friends in professional concerts of superb music. The other concerts in this series for 2011 are on May 26, June 23, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20 and November 24.

This event will take place in the Hunter Council Chamber, Hunter Building, Victoria University of Wellington. Seating is limited to 150.

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