I would like to share with you the excitement of the long-awaited release of the 2CD set PIANO MUSIC REVISITED from Unseen Worlds.The set compiles out-of-print favorites "Piano Works" and "Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory", "Variations on the Orange Cycle" (included in Chamber Music America's Century List), and other previously unreleased music. Nearly all of the music has never been available on CD, an is newly re-mastered for digital presentation.
WNYC's John Schaefer contributes liner notes to this edition, as he was one to discover my piano works and feature them on New Sounds back then. The selections from "Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory" include Downtown contemporaries Arthur Russell and Peter Zummo as well as viola performed by Ron Lawrence and violin by Voirhab of the Sri Chinmoy group.
To mark this momentous occasion, I was invited by Arts Olympus to perform a solo piano program in the first 2010 World Olympus of the Arts on the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, California on June 18-20, 2010.
In addition, Arts Olympus is having a fundraiser hosted by the Gershwin Hotel (7 West 27th St) where I will perform excerpts from the new CD and a new set of recently composed Tangos. This will take place on Sunday, April 25 at 4PM. I hope that you will join us on April 25 within the incomparable orange walls of the Gershwin Hotel.
Arthur's LandingI am working with the band Arthur's Landing on the recording of an album tribute to the music of the late Arthur Russell, to be released by Strut. For this project, I was invited
to join Steven Hall, Mustafa Ahmed, Peter Zummo, Ernie Brooks, John
Scherman, Bill Ruyle and Joyce Bowden in the band, many of whom have
been my friends for over 20 years and have performed in
some of my most exciting projects such as The Death of Don Juan, The Two-cents Opera and Waking in New York.
I am so happy to reconnect with old friends and to make some new friends in the band. I will be performing with Arthur's Landing on March 12 on the occasion of a benefit for Haiti curated by Gerald Hammill of Other Music, and in addition I will open with a short set of Tangos with Jonathan Hirschman on guitar; I am particularly thrilled that Jonathan who, recovering from a long illness, is now able to join me to perform these Latin duets I wrote this winter for the two us.
Haiti Benefit on Friday, March 12
Public Assembly, 70 North 6th St in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Donation $10 Program starts at 8PM
Many bands... a whole evening of music.... and all for a worthy cause...
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Reviews of Piano Works Revisited
Beyabbers! More primo material from the amazing Elodie Lauten, the lost NYC minimalist dream-world cinematic creatrix of the 1980s, whose The Death Of Don Juan opera was something of a revelation to us last year. Now Unseen Worlds deliver the goods once again on this terriff double-CD collection Piano Works Revisited (UW05). Disc one rescues two of her rare private-press LPs originally released on her own Cat Collectors label, namely Piano Works from 1983 and Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory from 1984. On the former, some taut and crisp work from Lauten playing five gorgeous compositions realised with piano, sequencer and sound loops; her use of electronics and tape is severe and sparing, emphasising the supremely romantic boniness of these evocative semi-surreal explorations, titled with such novelistic epithets as 'Alien Heart' and 'Imaginary Husband'. On the Concerto music, she's joined by Arthur Russell, Peter Zummo and others, adding strings and brass to her slightly more atonal and complex piano-based works, recordings where the vast Fairlight sampling computer is brought into play, adding a great spectral cathedral-like quality to the overall sound. The second disc contains longer works from 1991 and 1985, one of them recorded live, not yet played at time of writing. I think the label are pretty excited about getting this one together, and with good reason.
Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
(...) It would be too easy to say that Lauten plays minimal music on her piano. That is only a small extent of what it is. She doesn't play strict, repeating phrases, but moves all around, especially in a work like 'Variations On The Orange Cycle', which is a piece for solo piano. The other thing that stands out in her work is the use of tape-loops in the early works and then samples in the later work. In 'Sonate Modale' she adds sounds from the cities' environment, which add perhaps a sinister backdrop to the music. The city at night approach. Great pieces, these and filling up the second disc. On the first disc, two of her LPs, plus one piece from a compilation cassette. (...)T o her piano she adds keyboards and tape-loops and that makes quite a vivid, lively form of minimal music (...) Excellent find, this small treasure.
Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly