IBLA Foundation and the World Piano Teachers Associates Conference


REVELATION: Music for the Harmonically Tuned Piano

Sunday, April 10 - 8pm
Faust Harrison Pianos
205 West 58th Street, between 7th Avenue and Broadway

Free and open to the public
Information: Faust Harrison Pianos at (212) 489-0666

Composed for a new "non-tempered" microtonal tuning that Harrison invented, this 90-minute magnum opus is a modern approach to the ancient principles of pure intonation and harmonic resonance. Revelation introduces never-before-heard combinations of modes, harmonies, and acoustical phenomenon that have been praised in The New York Times as "a new harmonic world ... generating huge golden balls of vibrant sound," and in Stuart Isacoff's new book Temperament as "he seemed to free an angelic choir above." This will be the first time that Revelation has been performed by a pianist other than the composer.

Grammy nominated pianist Joshua Pierce has performed in prestigious music centers throughout the world as a soloist and with an extraordinary array of orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Moscow State Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded nearly 200 works including numerous world premieres as a soloist and with orchestra for EMI Classics, Carlton Classics, Helicon, Koch International Classics, MMC, Phoenix, Pro Arts, Sony Classics, Vox and other labels. His landmark series of recordings of John Cage's music on the Wergo label has earned him tremendous acclaim worldwide. His 25-year collaboration with the pianist Dorothy Jonas, as part of the two-piano team, Pierce & Jonas, has resulted in numerous acclaimed recordings and performances, including a command performance with the Royal Philharmonic for England's Royal Family. For more information, visit http://www.jamesarts.com/pierce/index2.html.

Composer and pianist Michael Harrison is one of the world's leading composers working with just intonation and rational number based tuning systems as applied to the piano. His work has been hailed as "an indisputable landmark in Western tuning's circuitous history" (Kyle Gann, The Village Voice). In 1986, he created the "harmonic piano" with the ability to play up to 24 notes per octave. As a disciple of La Monte Young, Harrison prepared all of the specialized tunings for Young's 6 1/2 hour historical work, The Well-Tuned Piano, and became the only other person to perform the work. In 1999 Harrison performed his own epic composition, From Ancient Worlds (New Albion Records), in Rome at the "Festival 4 Pianoforti." A celebration of America's visionary composer/pianists, the festival featured full-length solo performances by Harrison, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Charlemagne Palestine. Revelation received its world premier in 2001 at Germany's prestigious Klavier Festival Ruhr. In October of the same year the work was premiered in the U.S. at Composers Collaborative's Solo Flights festival at Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.michaelharrison.com.