Pianist Inna Faliks’
Polonaise-Fantaisie: the Story of a Pianist

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A concert pianist of the highest order, Inna Faliks can be as dramatic or as subtle as a great stage actor.” —Marc Vitali, WTTW Radio

Lived, told, and played by pianist Inna FaliksPolonaise-Fantaisie: the Story of a Pianist has its upcoming New York Premiere, this Saturday October 13, 2018 at 7:30pm. Held at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre of New York’s Symphony Space, 537 Broadway at 95th St., NYC, tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and available at SymphonySpace.org.

A new and exciting video has been made to promote the event, and we are proud to share it. The video features clips of Faliks demonstrating her outstanding piano skills, interpreting both classic and new works; as well as moments of her candid and accomplished narration, recalling her life’s story.  The music is interspersed with tales of her upbringing in Odessa, Ukraine; her musical and romantic awakenings; and her subsequent immigration to the US as a Jewish refugee. Each selection illustrates or relates to the text, either autobiographically or contextually.

An extension of her well-received Delos records release of the same namePolonaise-Fantaisie: the Story of a Pianist features work that spans 289 years in composition dates, from Bach and Mozart, to contemporary composer Jan Freidlin, who offered “Ballade in Black and White” especially for her.

Works in this Saturday’s program will include:

* Rodion Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato
* J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
* Jan Freidlin: Ballade in Black and White* – *composed for Inna Faliks in 2011
* W.A. Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K 397
* Chopin-Liszt: The Maiden’s Wish
* Paganini-Liszt: La Campanella
* Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61
* Ludwig van Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, opus 126

Inna Faliks’ performance at Symphony Space is just one stop on her 2018-19 International Tour. For more information about her and the tour, please visit her website at InnaFaliks.com.

The third concert of Interpretations series’ 30th Season also features works by composers Voro Garcia, Raphael Cendo, Edwin Hillier, & Yann Robin

Tana Quartet and Baritone Thomas Buckner, interpreting works by Bun Ching Lam, will headline the third concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth  Interpretations Series on *Friday, November 16th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers. *Note that this concert is being held on a Friday, exceptionally from the other series concerts, held on Thursdays.  

Chinese-American composer Bun Ching Lam presents music for string quartet: L’air du Temps (1991), and Conversation with My Soul (2015-16), for baritone voice with quartet featuring baritone Thomas Buckner, to a text by Lebanese-American poet and painter Etel Adnan (New York Premiere). As part of their first US tour, the Paris-based Tana Quartet will also present works from their recent repertoire, including Slapsticks by Spanish composer Voro Garcia, Substance by Berlin-based French composer Raphael Cendo, Solliloques by British composer Edwin Hillier, and Shadows by French composer Yann Robin.

Born in Macao, Bun Ching Lam began her piano study in her native city, then further pursued her music education in Hong Kong and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. She has been recognized by numerous awards including a Rome Prize, the highest Award at the Shanghai International Composers’ Competition, two NEA grants, fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries. For the past thirty years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City. His long term collaborations include 35 years as a member of Robert Ashley’s opera company, and performing with Roscoe Mitchell regularly since 1979.

Tana Quartet is the quartet of the twenty-first century. They are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet. Recognized by The Guardian as “impeccable players”, the quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honored at the HSBC EMA Awards and received an invitation to premiere Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont and premiered as part of the Aix-en-Provence festival.

ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn 

2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR. 

Tickets, available online at www.interpretations.info, range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission.

Ticket link is: http://roulette.org/event/interpretations-bun-ching-lam-tana-quartet/


Interpretations series’ 30th year continues with two avant-garde jazz legends

Thurman Baker and Andrew Lamb will headline the second concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth Anniversary Season of the Interpretations Series will take place on Thursday, October 18th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.

Tickets are available online and more information is available at www.interpretations.info. Tickets range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission. All concerts begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted.

Percussionist, composer, and educator Thurman Barker presents the world premiere of “South Side Suite”, a long-form work for 23 musicians that illustrates the profound influence that Chicago’s musical history played in shaping the minds and lives of the members of the AACM and beyond.

Featuring Lena Vidulich, Pala Garcia, Leah Asher, Marina Kifferstein, Carrie Frey, Hannah Livingston, Helen Newby, Meaghan Burke (strings); Ellen Hindson, Alice Jones, Paavo Carey, Marty Ehrlich (woodwinds); Vincent Chancey, James Zollar, Willie Applewhite, Bill Lowe (brass); Warren Smith, Malik Washington, Eli Fountain (percussion); Noah Barker (piano); James Emery (guitar); Dean Torrey (bass); Thurman Barker (drum set, conductor).

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) founded in 1965 in Chicago by pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist Jodie Christian, drummer Steve McCall, and composer Phil Cohran, is devoted “to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music.” While founded in the Jazz tradition, the group’s outreach and influence has, according to Larry Blumenfeld, “ouched nearly all corners of modern music.”

Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Thurman Barker was exposed to the city’s rich musical heritage, regularly hearing R&B, doo-wop, soul, jazz, and blues. Accordingly, he began his professional career at age 17 by anchoring the rhythm section for blues legend Mighty Joe Young. He then attended the American Conservatory of Music and later Roosevelt University, where he received classical training. Barker has performed with singers the likes of Billy Eckstine, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler, and Vicki Carr, and worked with classical groups like the Chicago Chamber Players and the New York City Opera.

Saxophonist and composer Andrew Lamb presents his Circadian Spheres of Light Project, which uses improvisation as stimulation for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Blending music, theater, and performance art, the group features Larry Roland, bass; José Luis AbreuWarren Smith & Lloyd Haber, vibraphone, drums, & percussion; Newman Baker, washboard; Ngoma Hill, poetry & didjeridoo; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Dick Griffin, trombone; Jimmy James Greene, spontaneous visual art; Roberto Cartagena, magic; and Trashina Conner, dance.

Andrew Lamb was born in Clinton, North Carolina and grew up in Chicago and in South Jamaica, Queens. Mr. Lamb came into New York’s “avant-garde” community in the ’70s, becoming an active presence in the vibrant Bedford-Stuyvesant arts world at that time, and winning a Brooklyn Arts Council grant. Andrew Lamb and his ensembles remain a regular presence in the New York area and have frequently played in the annual Vision Festival. Always, Andrew Lamb’s music rises out of the African-American jazz, blues, and church traditions and is deeply spiritual, profoundly emotional, and readily accessible to all who hear him.

Interpretations began as a collaboration with Robert and Helene Browning and the World Music Institute, presenting concerts at Merkin Concert Hall, then at Roulette, at its Greene Street location in Soho. When Roulette moved to the current space in Brooklyn, Interpretations moved with it. Interpretations is thrilled to co-produce at Roulette, which has developed into a premiere venue for new and innovative music, with excellent acoustics and world-class technical facilities.

For its 30th Anniversary, Interpretations has assembled an eclectic line-up of innovative composers and their interpreters, representing a wide variety of approaches to music making.

For more information, please visit interpretations.info

Autobiographical monologue, spoken by the pianist, intersects with music by Bach, Chopin, Shchedrin & more. This unique story of an immigrant follows family’s journey as Ukrainian Jewish refugees.

“A concert pianist of the highest order, Inna Faliks can be as dramatic or as subtle as a great stage actor.” —Marc Vitali, WTTW Radio
On Saturday Oct 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm, celebrated pianist Inna Faliks will perform the New York Premiere of her one-woman program, Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre of New York’s Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY 10025. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and available at SymphonySpace.org.

As part of her 2018-19 international touring season, Faliks is proud to offer this concert-theater experience as a complement her Delos Records double-CD of the same name.

Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist’s works span 289 years in their dates of composition and run the gamut from Bach and Mozart to contemporary composer Jan Freidlin. The musical tracks appearing on the album are interspersed with writings by the pianist chronicling her upbringing in Odessa, Ukraine; her musical and romantic awakenings; and her subsequent immigration to the US as a Jewish refugee. Each selection illustrates or relates to the text, either autobiographically or contextually.

Selections featured are unified by their brevity. Representing a huge variety of styles, they are carefully curated to be emotionally and texturally illustrative of events unfolding in the life experience of the protagonist. The unusual experience of an artist telling her own story in a candid and authentic fashion, including a frank discussion of the perils of becoming a musician, has strongly connected audiences to this popular program. Works in the live performance are:

* Rodion Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato
* J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
* Jan Freidlin: Ballade in Black and White* – *composed for Inna Faliks in 2011
* W.A. Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K 397
* Chopin-Liszt: The Maiden’s Wish
* Paganini-Liszt: La Campanella
* Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61
* Ludwig van Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, opus 126
The album itself was recorded at UCLA, where Faliks is currently a professor and head of the piano department. It is available at delosmusic.com and on Amazon, iTunes, AppleMusic, and Spotify.

For more about Inna Faliks, please visit innafaliks.com

September 22nd Concert features works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann.

“In her mid-20s, she is one of the most engaging and promising rising stars in the musical firmament.”   -Times Herald-Record

Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Fei-Fei will perform the inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Season of Classical Palm Springs on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs California. The 2018-2019 season of Classical Palm Springs is produced by James Luce.

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei (pronounced “fay fay”) is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News).

This concert will also feature visual art by Rancho Mirage modern artist Nicholas Kontaxis, who creates large-scale abstract paintings, characterized by a riot of primary colors, despite overwhelming obstacles.

Tickets, available online, range from $40 for Seniors & Students to $95 (for Premium Seats and admission to the after concert Meet The Artist Reception). Premium Season Passes are also available online or by calling 760-699-8151.

-Mozart: Sonata K 576
-Schumann: Kinderszenen
-Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux–No.2/3/4
-Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise

The Classical Palm Springs series will continue with concerts on November 10, 2018 with pianist Dan Tepfer; on January 27, 2019 with Brazilian composer and pianist Clarice Assad; on February 10, 2019 with guitar virtuoso Mak Grgik; and on March 10, 2019 with pianist Inna Faliks performing selected Bagatelles of Robert Schumann and Richard Danielpour, preceded by a special Children’s concert at 1pm.


Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

Her burgeoning career includes a number of prominent concerto engagements in the 2017-18 season, including performances with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Denver Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and a return engagement with California’s Pacific Symphony for a special performance celebrating the Chinese New Year.  This season, Fei-Fei also performs in recital in ten states across the United States as well as nineteen cities in China.

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