Piano Dialogues: Adam Tendler

Wednesday | December 16 2020 | 7 pm


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ROBERT SCHUMANN  –  Carnaval Op. 9 (1834-1835)
CHRISTIAN WOLFF – FANTAIL (22 pieces for a pianist) (2020) World Premiere!

Pianist Adam Tendler premieres FANTAIL, a new major work by iconic American composer Christian Wolff. Commissioned by the pianist, FANTAIL is a 22 movement, unofficial response to Robert Schumann's Carnaval, and like Schumann’s legendary set, a tour of Wolff’s musical laboratory and universe. Tendler will intersperse the world premiere of Wolff’s FANTAIL with Schumann’s Carnaval in a mash-up that puts both complete works, and their composers, in a fresh dialogue – reframing, blurring, even challenging our notions of what is classical and what is contemporary. 

A recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists and a "remarkable and insightful musician" (Los Angeles Times) “joyfully rocking out at his keyboard" (New York Times), pianist Adam Tendler is an internationally recognized interpreter of living, modern and classical composers. A pioneer of DIY culture in concert music, at age 23 Tendler performed solo recitals in all fifty United States as part of a grassroots tour he called America 88x50, which became the subject of his memoir, 88x50, a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award nominee. An active presence in contemporary and classical music alike as a soloist, recording artist, speaker and educator, Tendler is also considered a leading John Cage interpreter, and collaborates with the John Cage Trust and Edition Peters in presenting Cage’s work internationally. In 2019 he released Robert Palmer: Piano Music on New World Records and published his second book, tidepools.

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