Dear colleagues and friends!
I am very excited to invite you to hear my upcoming chamber music recital on Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Sundays Live Series next Sunday, April 29 at 6 pm (free admission at LACMA, performance broadcast live at LACMA.org and then for two weeks on KUSC.org).
At LACMA I will perform two very unique pieces for piano and toy piano by Tom Flaherty (Airdancing from "Woman at the New Piano") and Thomas Kotcheff (wgah’nagl fhtagn) with my outstanding Cal Poly Pomona student Michael Tran. At the same concert I will also be collaborating with my wonderful colleagues from Colburn and USC, Edgar Lopéz on clarinet and Judith Farmer on bassoon, performing trios by Mozart (Kegelstatt) and Gernot Wolfgang (WINDOWS).
As a percussionist, for the past 3 years Michael Tran has been performing with two distinguished percussion groups, the RCC Indoor Percussion and at the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Four days ago, on April 21 in Dayton, Ohio, Michael performed with RCC Indoor Percussion at the WGI World Championships and his group won the Gold Medal after competing against 60 percussion groups. On April 14 in Ontario, CA Michael performed with the RCC Indoor Percussion group and won the Gold Medal in the regional SCPA competition. You can see his group's winning performance below.
In other news, my new CD "Quotations and Homages" was released two weeks ago and is getting a lot of interesting radio coverage and enthusiastic reviews! For a limited time you can hear the broadcast archive of Tom Flaherty's "Igor to Please" for 6 pianists on 2 toy pianos, 2 pianos, and electronics from my new CD (performed with Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Ray-Kallay Duo and HOCKET) on WPRB.org.
Recent Reviews of "Quotations and Homages"
"The genius of this album is in its effortless flow... The concept is creative, the program well constructed, and Shpachenko’s pianism is of the highest caliber. The recording is sure to remain a mainstay of the contemporary discography for posterity." -Steven Niles, New Classic LA
"…a superb and superbly recorded program of pieces as fresh as they are ready to pay respect to the traditions that led to their creation… Shpachenko’s playing is everything it needs to be and more… Eras seem not to exist for her, and neither does musical dogma, allowing her the freedom to speak the music’s multifarious dialects." -Marc Medwin, Fanfare Magazine
I hope you will be able to either attend the free LACMA concert in person (and enjoy the exhibits beforehand, it's a wonderful place to visit!) or check out the performances online.
More information below.
Have a wonderful week!