Timothy Andres Premieres New Work in LA; His Music Shows "Extraordinary Pianistic Character," Says LA Times
Concertgoers in Los Angeles could hear the music of composer-pianist Timothy Andres at a number of different concerts and venues this past weekend. The chamber orchestra Wild Up included his work "How can I live in your world of ideas?," which Andres performs on his 2010 Nonesuch debut album, Shy and Mighty, on a Brooklyn v. L.A.–themed program at Beyond Baroque in Venice Friday and Saturday, and Andres himself joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by conductor Jeffrey Kahane, for performances at Alex Theatre on Saturday and Royce Hall on Sunday. The LACO concerts featured the world premiere of Andres's Old Keys, a new piece commissioned by LACO's Sound Investment; Mozart's Symphony No. 40; and the West Coast premiere of Andres's re-composition of Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto.
"What is most original about Andres’ music so far is its extraordinary pianistic character," writes Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed in his review of both programs. "He is a superb pianist with a highly evolved rhythmic sense and a quirky sense of humor." Swed reports that "Andres made sparks fly" in his performance of the Mozart concerto and lauds the LACO for bringing "elegance to the collaboration."
Read the complete review at latimes.com.
Prior to the concerts, Andres had spoken with The Huffington Post's Daniel J. Kushner, who wrote of the new piece: “Old Keys minimizes the soloist’s limelight, and in the process, conceives of a new potential for the piano concerto as a medium.” Of Andres's take on Mozart's “Coronation” Concerto, Kushner suggests that the "balance between conceptual experimentation and traditional classical music vernacular is ultimately filtered through the thoughtful composer’s anticipation of his audience’s needs.” Read the full article at huffingtonpost.com.
Andres has a number of US performances ahead, including a show at the BAM Café in Brooklyn with NOW Ensemble, a special night with the Brad Mehldau Trio at the Newman Center in Denver, and a solo piano recital at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. For details and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.