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“Inspired by old American parlor songs, I’ve written a set of “Work Songs” on the general subject of artists writing about their work. The best song cycles, I think, take on the same subject at different angles, and chip away at it until something is revealed. Artists’ working habits have always fascinated me—Matisse sculpting in bed, Charles Ives’s Bach-ian eye-opener—not so much for the insight they provide into the actual work, but more as an idealized template for how an artist should exist in the world.
The text of the piece is drawn from a range of sources: Woody Guthrie’s journals, a Melville poem, and contemporary American poets Mark Levine, Andrea Cohen, and Lorine Niedecker.
And it seemed only fitting to write it specifically for a group of my close artistic collaborators: Becca Stevens (voice & guitar), Gabriel Kahane (voice & guitar), Ted Hearne (voice & keyboard), Nathan Koci (accordion), and Taylor Levine (guitars). I’ll join them on piano, and we’ll fill out the program with songs by Becca, Gabe, Ted, and Nathan.”
About the Artist
Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at Yale University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Notable works include Strong Language, a 2015 string quartet for the Takács Quartet, and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. In April 2016, Andres joined the New World Symphony for the world premiere of a commissioned chamber work, and in 16/17 he writes a major new work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to be led by Music Director Andris Nelsons.
As a pianist, Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, (le) Poisson Rouge, and San Francisco Performances. He has appeared with jazz master Brad Mehldau in in Boston, New York and Denver; and with the Knights Chamber Orchestra at the 2014 Ojai Festival. Andres performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the North Carolina Symphony in January and May 2015.