Pianist Kathleen Supové will present 4 new works by some of America’s most exciting and imaginative composers. Scored for piano (solo, prepared, or with soundtrack), the setting is an urban landscape. Buildings, walls, cultures crash into each other, individuals isolated, secrets kept. But those fortresses also have windows where we can catch glimpses of the truths that we need.
Storefront Diva by Joan La Barbara is a pianist practicing in an empty storefront window, unaware of foot traffic as voyeurs; New York Because I Said So by Randall Woolf and text by Tongo Eisen-Martin is a lament about and tribute to the working class of our city from an original Nuyorican poet who has been there; Unearthed by Mary Kouyoumdjian is an imaginary conversation, a dialogue representing the pianist’s discovery of her Jewish heritage after her father’s death, and ...the one warm spark in the heart of an arctic crystal... by Marti Epstein explores the search for warmth and personal meaning in a world of many cultures and clanging noises.
Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today’s world. Ms. Supové presents solo concerts under the title of THE EXPLODING PIANO. Exploding Piano concerts incorporate electronics, voice, environments, video, theatrics and prepared keyboards. She has appeared in concert halls, on university campuses, in clubs, and gallery spaces. Recent projects include DIGITAL DEBUSSY, and three recordings: the complete PIANO MINIATURES by Mohammed Fairouz, pieces from the DIGITAL DEBUSSY project for Innova Recordings; and works by Nick Didkovsky, Mary Ellen Childs, Dafna Naphtali, and Randall Woolf for the Starkland record label. She has also performed with robots and a laptop orchestra. In May, 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” Her most recent solo CD is THE EXPLODING PIANO.