The Etudes Project, Vol. 1 - Album Release

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ICEBERG New Music is thrilled to announce its first full-length album, a collaboration with renowned pianist Jenny Lin.

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This event celebrates the release of the record, and will feature a thrilling performance by Ms. Lin, as well as a reception and opportunity to meet the composers and performer. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the album (released by Sono Luminus Records) as well as a complimentary copy of the published score (published by NewMusicShelf).

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On Friday, October 25, 2019, Sono Luminus releases The Etudes Project, Volume One: ICEBERG, an album of twenty concert etudes – including ten new works by the member composers of ICEBERG New Music – performed by the celebrated pianist Jenny Lin. On the same day, the complete score of the new works from The Etudes Project, Volume One: ICEBERG will be published by NewMusicShelf, and Ms. Lin will perform a concert of all ten new works (as well as selected other works from the album) at the National Opera Center in New York City.

Jenny Lin explains The Etudes Project’s genesis: “I have always been fascinated by the intricate history of piano études, and how throughout written music it has continued to be one of the most important genres in keyboard literature. How did we get from Bach’s Clavier-Übung to Philip Glass’s Piano Etudes? And where is the form going now? I hope to explore these questions through The Etudes Project."

Rather than provide a specific étude prompt for each member of ICEBERG, Lin gave them free rein to challenge her technique. Then, after the pieces were written, she paired each new work with an existing “partner” étude from the Western canon (including works by Messiaen, Glass, Ligeti, Unsuk Chin, Debussy, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and others) with which she, and each composer, found a kindred musical relationship.

ICEBERG New Music’s Alex Burtzos explains, “Jenny and the ICEBERG member composers have gone back and forth for over a year about every aspect of this album - from specific technical questions about the pieces themselves to questions regarding their companion repertoire works and ordering in the finished program. What listeners will hear in the album is the result of 11 artists thinking deeply about the étude as a concept, and their personal places in the ongoing history of the genre.

In the 10 new works, the ICEBERG composers explore everything from aleatoric atmospheres to Chicago house music, forcing Jenny to demonstrate her immense virtuosity in a variety of different styles. This, we think, is a new approach to designing concerts (and albums), one that challenges artists and rewards listeners by demonstrating the depth and breadth of contemporary composition.”

Featuring insightful liner notes from music writer Steve Smith, and a sonically intimate recording mastered by Daniel Shore, this album provides a fascinating, engaging celebration of and journey through a technical, poetic form for the piano.

Includes music by Max Grafe, Olivier Messiaen, Victor Baez, Unsuk Chin, Yu-Chun Chien, Toshio Hosokawa, Will Healy, Gyorgy Ligeti, Derek Cooper, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Claude Debussy, Drake Andersen, Alexander Scriabin, Harry Stafylakis, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jonathan Russ, Philip Glass, Alex Burtzos, and Frederic Chopin.

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