Arx Duo: Atlas with Qing Jiang and Amy Yang, piano & Nick DiBerardino, composer
November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Community Outreach And Educational Events
|Sunday, November 17||Master Class with Area Students (Time TBD)|
|Monday, November 18||Pre-Performance Discussion with Composer Nick DeBerardino
Arx Duo In Concert 7:00 p.m.
This thirty-minute musical odyssey will be composed in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Its adventurous new music will contemplate space in all its multifaceted meanings: it will evoke “space” in the cosmic, celestial sense, “space” in the sense of (sometimes-vast) emptiness, and “space” in the more personal sense of those connections and distances we experience amongst and between one another. The work will be designed around a single piano, so that each of the four players meaningfully navigates the space on stage, charting many possibilities for interaction between percussion, piano, performer, and audience. As the listeners experience a sonic journey that travels through imaginary worlds both immense and intimate, the performers will also move, configuring in ways that spread them far apart and cluster them close together, sometimes even elbow to elbow. The piece will celebrate the art of creation, exploring sonic spaces with a sense of wonder about the universe, the spaces we inhabit within it, and the spaces we might someday traverse.
About Nick DiBerardino, Composer
Rhodes Scholar Nick DiBerardino (b.1989) depicts vivid, fantastical journeys, transporting listeners to imaginary places with a distinctive sense of harmony, melodic lyricism, and intricate contrapuntal layering. He crafts his pieces around broad, often overtly dramatic narrative arcs, embracing idiosyncratic forms and always working to engage and challenge listeners with his art. Nick’s chamber music has been performed by the Zora, Iris, and Brentano String Quartets, arx duo, Sandbox Percussion, the Israeli Chamber Project, the New College Choir, Tony Arnold, Blair McMillen, Tara O’Connor, Soovin Kim, the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and many other ensembles and artists. He has received recognition from many institutions, including ASCAP and the American Composers Forum, and his chamber music has been premiered at prestigious venues around the world, including Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and London’s Barbican Centre.
Nick DeBerardino Online
Listen to Nick’s orchestral work “Of All This Unintelligible World” on YouTube
Listen to Nick’s solo cello work “Oracle” on YouTube
About arx duo
Aspiring to expand the genre of percussion chamber music, arx duo is dedicated to the creation and presentation of new works involving percussion, as well as the education of young artists striving to engage with audiences through the creation of new works. They have had premiere performances throughout the globe, conducted workshops on three continents, and worked with a variety of composers and artists to bring new creations to audiences everywhere.
Early in 2018, arx duo premiered Dominic Murcott’s Harmonic Canon at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the U.K. This summer, they will perform as the Ensemble in Residence at Artosphere Music Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They continually perform recitals and collaborative concerts throughout the U.S. As members of The Percussion Collective Robert van Sice, now in its opening season, they premiered Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne this year, and have presented concerts and master classes at multiple universities.
With a repertoire ranging from established masters to today’s newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Alejandro Viñao, James Wood, and Ted Hearne. Mari and Garrett have served as artists in residence at Michigan State University and Lake George Music Festival, and currently are Faculty at the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest.
The name “arx duo” comes from the artists’ desire to forge new connections and artistic pathways or “arcs” within the genre, expanding the opportunities for their music to reach new audiences.
arx duo online
Listen to arx duo perform Stravinsky’s ‘Tango’ on YouTube
Watch arx duo perform ‘Table Talk’ by Alyssa Weinberg on YouTube
About Qing Jiang
Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” pianist Qing Jiang enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, contemporary music. She has appeared in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Steinway Hall, and the Isabella Gardner Museum, as well as in the UK’s Snape Maltings Hall, and China’s Central Conservatory in Beijing. In 2015-16, Ms. Jiang received glowing reviews for her concerto performance with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England under Maestro Oliver Knudsen. Upcoming engagements include a six-city concert tour in China with Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Natasha Brofsky, concerto performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Bucknell University Orchestra, and solo recital at the LACMA “Sundays Live” series in Los Angeles. Ms. Jiang has worked directly with composers Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon, Jorg Widmann, Colin Matthews.
Listen to Qing Jiang performances on SoundCloud
About Amy Yang
Praised by The Washington Post as a “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show… with effortless finesse,” Amy Yang’s engagements include collaborations with Grammy award winning Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Richard Goode, Ida Kavafian, Roberto Díaz; members of Guarneri String Quartet, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Dover Quartet, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet; soloing with Houston Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of USA, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM; and participating in the Mitsuko Uchida Carnegie Hall Workshop. She has premiered
music by Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, and Hua Yang (her father) and appeared at many festivals, including Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival,
Prussia Cove, and Verbier Academy. A solo disc on MSR Classics, a disc of Ben-Haim’s music (BIS Records), and solo works by Ezra Laderman (Albany Records) expect 2019 release.