VALENTINE'S DAY GALA 2020

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Brick + Mortar Events

217 East Main Street, Clayton, NC, 27520

David Krakauer, Clarinet

Kathleen Tagg, Piano

Tickets: Tickets: $50 General; $45 Seniors 65 and over.  Includes concert, full course meal, and reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grammy-nominated clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER and acclaimed virtuoso pianist KATHLEEN TAGG have been performing together since the 2012, drawing on their unique, collaborative sound to create genre-defying projects which produce new environments in each space they fill.

 

For the past decade Krakauer has emerged as a symphonic soloist of "astounding virtuosity and charisma" (Detroit Free Press) who brings his singular sound and powerful approach to the concert stage. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music appearing with the world’s finest orchestras including the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Lyon, and the Seattle Symphony.

 

South African-born pianist, composer and producer Kathleen Tagg, praised for her combining of "outstanding technique with deep musicality", has been based in New York since 2001. She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous CDs and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles.

 

For Clayton Piano Festival’s Valentine’s Day Gala, they will present a diverse array of music having to do with connections of different kinds, featuring the greatest classics from Brahms and Debussy to their own compositions, world music, and even their original arrangements of jazz standards like "Body and Soul."

 

This event is a favorite among followers of CPF's performances and newcomers alike. It includes a full course meal, cash bar, and reception afterwards, where attendees can mingle with the performers.

Artists

"David Krakauer is such an overwhelmingly expressive clarinetist who moves so seamlessly between different genres that for a minute you’d almost think that there’s no appreciable difference between jazz, klezmer and formal classical music."    
​– The Wall Street Journal

Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015 he received both a Grammy nomination in the Chamber music/small ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry, and a Juno nomination for the CD "Akoka" with cellist Matt Haimovitz.

Krakauer’s discography contains some of the most important clarinet recordings of recent decades. Among them are The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (Osvaldo Golijov and the Kronos Quartet/Nonesuch) received the Diapason D'Or in France, The Twelve Tribes (Label Bleu) which was designated album of the year in the jazz category for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize winning composition Tempest Fantasy(Naxos). He has also recorded with violinist Itzhak Perlman/ the Klezmatics (Angel) and Dawn Upshaw/ Osvaldo Golijov (Deutsche Gramophon). His unique voice can be heard in Danny Elfman's score for the Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock and throughout Sally Potter's The Tango Lesson. Recent recordings include his 2015 album Checkpoint with his band Ancestral Groove (Label Bleu), Paul Moravec’s Clarinet Concerto with The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP Sound) and The Big Picture on his own label, Table Pounding Records in 2014. Upcoming releases in '18-'19 will be concerti written for Krakauer by composers Wlad Marhulets and Mathew Rosenblum.

Writer Mark Stryker hinted at the visceral nature of Krakauer’s performance in his Detroit Free Press review: “Krakauer played with astounding virtuosity and charisma. A furiously improvised cadenza leapt between low and high registers in a way that suggested John Coltrane, building to an excited peak. After the concerto he also offered an encore, improvising by himself with an air of ritual, before playing a swift klezmer dance with the orchestra.”

As an esteemed educator, David Krakauer gives clinics and masterclasses all over the world and is on the clarinet and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music (New School), The Bard Conservatory and NYU.

"...this is a superbly turned out artist, a performer broaching scant detour between conception and delivery, and a musician of such grand endowment and  unsparing discipline...with which she honored her natural gift and therefore the music she plays and the public she plays to… "     
New York Concert Review, Carnegie Hall Debut Recital


South African-born pianist, composer and producer Kathleen Tagg, praised for her combining of "outstanding technique with deep musicality", has been based in New York since 2001. She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous CDs and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles. Her work has been released on record labels NAXOS, Universal, Table Pounding Records and Gallo Africa. A 2014 SAMA nominee for best classical album, she has performed in recital with some of the world’s leading musicians, and the remarkable breadth of her collaborations defines her multi-faceted career.
 
Kathleen has performed often in venues such as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and multiple Carnegie Hall recitals, including her 2004 acclaimed solo recital debut as winner of the Artist International auditions, when she was described by critics as “a superbly turned out artist, a performer broaching scant detour between conception and delivery, and a musician of such grand endowment” (NY Concert Review). Since then she has appeared frequently at consulates and cultural organizations across the United States, and has performed live on WQXR New York and WGBH Boston. Known for her explorations in sound color, whether in virtuosic standard repertoire or her own creations exploding the sound of the piano from the inside out using extended techniques, she crosses boundaries seamlessly.  In 2014 she released a recording of the songs of Jake Heggie with American soprano Regina Zona on the NAXOS label, and is currently recording a new electro-acoustic project, Breath and Hammer, with her duo partner, Grammy-nominated clarinetist David Krakauer.
Recent performances include her and Sophie Jaff’s Orchestrated Songs at Lincoln Center in New York, performances and workshops in India and USA with the Sabina Rakcheyeva Ensemble, and the release of the group's debut album, and Allora and Calzadilla’s critically acclaimed Stop, Prepare, Repair at New York’s Gladstone Gallery. She recorded the music of Pulitzer prizewinner Tom Kitt for the Broadway Lullabies Project, and performed on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at the launch in 2012. She launched a new project with South African jazz pianist Andre Petersen in July 2015 with a multi-city tour of South Africa. The project aims to reimagine the idea of what a piano duo sounds like, creating completely new arrangements of South African jazz standards, original tunes and traditional melodies using extended techniques and virtuosic writing.  Her musical Erika’s Wall, created with Sophie Jaff, received its premiere run in Chicago in 2010 by The Music Theater Company, and she was named a fellow of the Dramatist Guild of America in 2014/15.
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