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Here and Now Series: INVASION / Nadia Shpachenko, Lewis Spratlan
June 17 at 7:00 pm
Here and Now Series: INVASION / Nadia Shpachenko and Lewis Spratlan
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Ukrainian-American pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan featuring works on Shpachenko’s upcoming CD INVASION.
As she watched in horror her home city of Kharkiv (and the rest of Ukraine) being destroyed and civilians being murdered every day, Shpachenko tried to come up with ways to express her feelings of utter despair and anger, as well as hope and resilience, through her music making. In addition to performing fundraising concerts featuring music by Ukrainian composers, she decided to put together a new album to support humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The new album, titled Invasion, will be released on Reference Recordings in September 2022. She will collaborate with Ukrainian artists to create Invasion music videos and album art, describing their war experience.
The title work, Invasion, is Lewis Spratlan’s response to this tragic war scored for piano, alto saxophone, horn, trombone, timpani, snare drum, and mandolin. It was composed for Shpachenko during the period of February 24-March 13, 2022. The balance of the CD will feature world premiere recordings of more than 60 minutes of solo piano music by Shpachenko’s longtime collaborator Lewis Spratlan. The solo pieces reflect on the human experience, often finding solace and inspiration in nature and music of the past. Wonderer, a major piece that will close the program, connects to the current experience of many Ukrainian people, especially those displaced by the war. The hero, searching through the unknown, overcoming pain, and reminiscing about things past, triumphs at the end.
The concert will begin with an audio preview of the Invasion ensemble piece. Just recorded on May 29, 2022, the audio premier showcases Nadia Shpachenko, piano; Pat Posey, saxophone; Aija Mattson-Jovel, horn; Phil Keen, trombone; Yuri Inoo, percussion; and Joti Rockwell, mandolin, conducted by Anthony Parnther.
Following the audio presentation, Nadia Shpachenko will perform 4 solo piano works by Lewis Spratlan:
- THREE SONATAS for solo piano (2021) East Coast Premiere
- SIX RAGS for solo piano (2018) *East Coast Premiere
Goose Eye Mountain RAG
Speck Pond RAG*
Mahoosuc Notch RAG
Mount Greylock RAG*
Pelham Lake RAG*
Chesterfield Gorge RAG*
- PIANO SUITE NO. 1 for solo piano (2020) World Premiere
- WONDERER for solo piano (2005)