ROBERT SCHUMANN – Carnaval Op.9 (1834-1835)
CHRISTIAN WOLFF – FANTAIL (22 pieces for a pianist) (2020) World Premiere!
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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.
All Fall 2020 Kaufman Music Center performances are online, filmed in safe, socially distanced locations observing health and safety protocols, and streamed to the safety of your home.