Inna Faliks: Music/Words Live and on WFMT Radio

Violinist Sharan Leventhal

Music/Words, an interdisciplinary series founded and curated by NYC-based pianist Inna Faliks, continues its third season with several live and radio appearances:

Tune in to to hear great music alongside accomplished and brilliant poets reading from their work. Schedule is as follows:

April 13, 3 pm – Schostakovich Quintet with New Millenium Orchestra members, Inna Faliks and Jasmine Lin + Jesse Ball, poet

April 20, 3 pm – Matt Hagle, music of Brahms, Chopin and Debussy, + Regan Good, poet

April 27, 3 pm – Inna Faliks, music of Gubaidulina, Liszt and Chopin, + Sandra Beasley poet

On Friday, April 29, at 6pm, a Live Music/Words performance will take place at New York’s Cornelia Street Café featuring Faliks at the piano along with violinist Sharan Leventhal and readings by Susan Miller and LB Thompson, poets. The varied program will include Schubert’s Sonata in a minor opus 143, Concert Piece (1959) by Seymour Shifrin (1926-1979), and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano. The Cornelia Street Café is located at 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, NYC. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212-989-9319.

Finally, May 1st, 3pm brings the Chicago live premiere of Music/Words to Pianoforte Chicago – with Mark Levine, poet extraordinaire, and Inna Faliks at the piano.

Music/Words celebrates links between poetry and music by presenting collaborations between exciting solo performers and acclaimed contemporary poets in the form of a live recital/reading. Inna Faliks created the series in order to foster a chance for poets and musicians to work together and inspire each other, as well as to allow different audiences to come together for these musical-literary events. New published and unpublished works are read alongside performances of music old and new and connected by content, intuition, and inspiration. According to Faliks, “I pair performers together based on their personalities and styles, and encourage them to choose the poems and music in varied ways that are strongly and intuitively connected.” Music/Words will be featured in regular live broadcasts throughout the month of April 2011 on WFMT Radio in Chicago.

Violinist Sharan Leventhal has toured four continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A champion of new music, she has received grants from the NEA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording, the Fromm and Koussevitzky foundations, and has premiered well over 100 compositions. Leventhal has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Toledo, Milwaukee, Topeka, and Gulf Coast symphonies, among others. She is a member of the Gramercy Trio, which released a compact disc of music for strings and piano by Scott Wheeler on Newport Classic, Ltd. In addition, she was co-founder of the duo Marimolin, which can be heard on the GM and Catalyst labels, and recently completed recording with the Kepler Quartet the second disc of Ben Johnston’s string quartets for New World. She teaches at the Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, and has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Hong Kong-based Asian Youth Orchestra, Michigan State University and the Berklee College of Music. Leventhal is founder and director of Play On, Inc., a non-profit supporting chamber music programs for children.

Susan L. Miller has published poetry in Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, Calyx, Commonweal, Meridian, and Sewanee Theological Review, and has poems forthcoming in the anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality. She has twice won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for poetry. She teaches Poetry and Expository Writing as a Russell Teaching Fellow at Rutgers University, where she also helps coordinate and curate an LGBT reading series and a reading series of religious writing. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn.

L.B. Thompson received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University. She is a recipient of a 2010 award for emerging writers from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. The Center for Book Arts printed her chapbook, Tendered Notes: Poems of Love and Money as winner of their competition in 2003. She also received an award for emerging women writers from the Rona Jaffe Foundation in 2002. Her poetry has been published in journals including Fence, Pool, Lyric, The Women’s Review of Books, The New Yorker, and Southampton Review. Her essay “Torpor: A Meditation on Literary Hibernation” appeared in Prairie Schooner. L.B. teaches English and works as a free-lance copyeditor in New York City and on the North Fork of Long Island.

Called “A delight to hear” and “riveting” by Phil Greenfield of the Baltimore Sun, Inna Faliks played her debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 15, and performs regularly at major venues in US and abroad. A winner of many international competitions including the 2005 International Pro Musicis Award, Ms. Faliks has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot, The Metropolitan Museum, Bargemusic, a recital tour of Russia, and in multiple TV and radio broadcasts worldwide. Her CD, Sound of Verse, has been enthusiastically reviewed this year by Gramophone, American Record Guide and other press. Recent festival appearances include Verbier, Taos, and Brevard. A champion of both contemporary and classical music, Ms. Faliks performed the NY and LA premieres of “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg” – variations by contemporary composers on Bach’s Aria. Her former teachers include Ann Schein, Gil Kalish, Leon Fleisher and Boris Petrushansky.

In past seasons, Music/Words has featured collaborations between acclaimed poets such as Jesse Ball, Deborah Landau and Mark Levine, and musicians such as Wendy Warner, Leon Livshin and Angelina Gadeliya, at performance spaces such as Le Poisson Rouge and Cornelia Street Café. WFMT Radio in Chicago featured Music/Words in regular live broadcasts throughout the month of April 2010.