The 2015-2016 Schubert Club Mix season concludes with singer-songwriter, Gabriel Kahane & pianist, Timo Andres performing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Bedlam Lowertown. This concert features two friends throwing caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries worth of music. Their program ranges from J.S. Bach to world premieres of their own music. At the center of the program is a call and response between the two composer-performers, juxtaposing solo piano music with songs for piano and voice by various composers including Schubert, Schumann, Thomas Adès, Jerome Kern and Andrew Norman. Framing this live “mix tape” are folk song settings by Benjamin Britten and Ives songs.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums,” Gabriel Kahane’s major label debut, The Ambassador, is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses. Last season, Kahane appeared at BAM’s Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed New York premiere of the stage production of The Ambassador, directed by Tony Award-winner John Tiffany. The production was also presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, as well as by Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill, where Kahane is involved in a multi-year academic and artistic residency.
Gabriel has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom, as Orpheus’ first composer-in-residence, he toured in the spring of 2013 performing Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States, an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series.
Kahane’s recent studio credits, aside from his work as a leader, include a track on last year’s Beck Song Reader; appearances on Blake Mills’ Heigh Ho alongside Fiona Apple and Jon Brion; several projects with Sufjan Stevens; as well as performances and recordings with Chris Thile of Punch Brothers, for whom Gabriel opens on tour throughout the U.S. in 2015.
An avid theater artist, Gabriel’s musical February House, with book by playwright Seth Bockley, received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York’s Public Theater in 2012; an original cast album was released on StorySound Records. Upcoming theater projects include commissions from the Public Theater in New York and Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, as well as a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker.
A graduate of Brown University and two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Gabriel lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His début album, Shy and Mighty, which features ten interrelated pieces for two pianos performed by himself and pianist David Kaplan, was released in May 2010 to immediate critical acclaim. Of the disc, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that Shy and Mighty “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene… more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.” A new album of his orchestral works, “Home Stretch”, was released in July 2013.
Timo’s new works include a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, a solo piano work for Kirill Gerstein, a new string quartet for the Library of Congress, premiered by the Attacca Quartet; and a new piece for yMusic. Upcoming commissions include a major work for Third Coast Percussion and an ensemble song cycle to be premiered by himself, Gabriel Kahane, Becca Stevens, Ted Hearne and Nathan Koci at the Ecstatic Music Festival, and presented by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series.
Timo earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale and in addition to music, he has worked occasionally as a professional graphic and web designer. He is one sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective, and performs regularly with ACME. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, and ASCAP, as well as grants from New Music USA and the Copland Fund.
An avid cyclist, Timo can often be sighted commuting astride his 1983 Mercian.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.
Friends Making Music
Program to include the following: (View a PDF with the complete program details here)
"The most remarkable thing he (Kahane) achieves here, in song after song, might just be his vivid yet subtle articulation of empathy."− New York Times
"Andres’ music...can glide into gorgeous crescendos and blend tradition and unpredictable refinement in a manner that feels both alert and grounded."− Star Tribune