The album features the commission of Violin Sonata by Michael Brown, in addition to Messiaen's beautiful and euphoric Theme and Variations and the Ravel/Tekalli Tombeau de Couperin including the barnstormer Toccata movement, not previously orchestrated, but brought to you by ways of the highly effective and versatile violin and piano.
We have returned from our first time in Canada performing and taking part in masterclasses! We had the chance to work with amazing artists and musicians, Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet, Kikue Ikeda of the former Tokyo String Quartet, mezzo-soprano Dawn Upshaw, and pianists Robert McDonald and Gil Kalish. Besides the amazing food (including an abundance of cauliflower) and the profoundly beautiful vistas we witnessed on our hikes up Sulfur and through Lake Louise, we had the chance to hear many other wonderful musicians as well as perform with Kikue Ikeda and Barry Shiffman in a piano quintet arrangement of Chausson's Chanson Perpetuelle!
Our Canadian premiere of Michael Brown's Violin Sonata came after having the chance to perform it for Michael's former teacher at the Juilliard School, Robert McDonald was a definite highlight during our residence. It was a new experience to receive guidance on this new work with someone who knew Michael's music and pianism very intimately. We have also had the chance to begin work on our first album, which we have been anticipating with much excitement to release really soon! Thanks to everyone whom have come to our concerts! Looking forward to the fall season!
"It was an exciting night to perform Vivaldi's Double Concerto alongside Cho Liang Lin at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea! To think his recording of the Scottish Fantasy were among the first ones I knew growing up in the little suburban town of Winter Park, FL."
We have given the premiere of the work on November 11th at the Timucua White House in Orlando for a full house, hosted by the Accidental Music Festival, as well as a concert at the University of Tampa at the Sykes Chapel. Come check out the full premiere concert review at Timucua here: www.examiner.com/review/tekalli-duo-premieres-michael-brown-violin-sonata-at-timucua?cid=rss
Future performance include concerts in Florida, NYC, New Haven, Mexico in March, and more to come within the future 2014 season!
For more information about the unique art and music venue of Orlando, FL, showcasing jazz, classical paired with live artists, visit the Timucua Arts Foundation at: www.timucua.com
Thanks to the generous support of fans, sponsors, and supporters of fresh new music, we reached our funding goal for our commission of composer Michael Brown. Our donors spanned various cities, from New York City, Cleveland, New Haven, Orlando, Miami, Quebec, and even Edinburgh, England! It was an exciting run, filled with all the emotional peaks of rapidfire fundraising, which resulted not only reaching our goal, but surpassing it by %150! Check it out at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tekalliduo/the-tekalli-duos-new-music-and-new-concert-season
Many thanks to the Timucua Arts Foundation, Banff Arts Center and the Accidental Music Festival for fostering our campaign to a successful conclusion!
Brown's artistic profile has been on the rise in the past few years, though our friendship with Brown spans back to our adolescent years. Our reconnection has brought into the world a brand new Violin Sonata, and Brown's first in the genre.