In this video: This collection of world and Australian premieres explores the piano combined with animation, foley, film, text, song, and minor histrionics – gently constructed around motifs of movement and place. Marking Melbourne Recital Centre’s 10th Anniversary, this concert especially celebrates the artistic partnership of the animation artist Sal Cooper and composer Kate Neal.

Their collaborative projects have produced whimsical, subtle and startling performance works. The Commuter Variations receives its world premiere. It explores the quirks of daily routes and routines. Also receiving its world premiere is piano and vocal work Danny Boy adrift in the rising tide by Erik Griswold. The work was composed for Lisa Moore’s ongoing Irish Roots project, which delves into the examination of lost Irish heritage. In the title of Martin Bresnick’s work, ‘Bundists’ refers to a Jewish social democratic cultural and political organisation based in Russia and Poland in the early 20th century, ‘György’ refers to György Ligeti and ‘Robert’ refers to Robert Schumann.

About the artist: The New York Times writes ‘Lisa Moore has always been a natural, compelling storyteller’. Pitchfork claims ‘The New York-based Australian pianist Lisa Moore is a tightrope-walker, a daredevil. She’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas. She can play them all.’ This multi-faceted pianist and avid collaborator won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. Based in New York City since 1985, she has released 10 solo discs and more than 30 collaborative discs. Her 2016 disc The Stone People was featured in The New York Times Top Classical Albums and Naxos Critics’ Choice. Gramophone writes of her 2015 Mad Rush Philip Glass disc, ‘what becomes abundantly clear from listening to almost any bar on this recording is Moore’s highly developed, intuitive and nuanced approach to this music, one which has been allowed to evolve and refine over a number of years’. While the founding pianist (‘92-’08) of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Lisa Moore won Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year award. Over her 40-year career she has collaborated with more than 200 composers, played in festivals from Warsaw to Adelaide, and performed in the greatest concert halls with some of the world’s finest musicians. Born in Canberra, Lisa started piano lessons at age six. Her formal studies continued at the Sydney Conservatorium, University of Illinois (BM), Eastman School of Music (MM), SUNY Stonybrook (DMA) and in Paris with Yvonne Loriod. She teaches at the Yale-Norfolk Festival New Music Workshop, and has been a regular guest at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

This concert was recorded live in the Primrose Potter Salon on Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Cleaning Instructions – Australian premiere

Novel Instrument

Orizzonte (Horizon)

Études Book I, No.5: Arc-en-Ciel (Rainbow)

DAVID LANG 00:16:22
animation by Isabela dos Santos (Australian premiere)

Bundists (György, Robert and me) – Australian premiere

Danny Boy adrift in the rising tide – world premiere

The Commuter Variations* – world premiere

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