20:00 - Dark Waves
Pianists Saskia Lankhoorn and Vicky Chow are used to performing new music like pop music. The chemistry was immediate at the first meeting with the sounds just flying out of the pianos. Soon, X88 was born and now they’re on stage together for the first time. In Saskia’s own words, “Vicky’s powerful and challenging sound appeals to me very much and are a perfect fit with the idea of creating an overwhelming sound world that can’t be drawn out of ‘just’ one piano.” They play a program of music by American composers David Lang, Evan Ziporin, and J.L. Adams. They also perform a special arrangment of The Body is an Ear from composer Kate Moore from The Hague.
David Lang - Orpheus over and Under 18'
Kate Moore - 'The Body is an Ear' (special arrangement for two pianos) 15'
John Luther Adams - Dark Waves for two piano's and electronics) (NL premiere) 12'
Evan Ziporyn - 100 pieces for two piano's (wereldpremiere) 15'
21:30 Rushes for 7 bassoons
Rushes ensemble & Michael Gordon
New York composer Michael Gordon of Bang on a Can All-Stars has been a guest of Korzo yearly from 2010. For Rushes, he turns to a wind instrument that has been neglected in contemporary music, the bassoon. He composed a trance-like polyrhythmic piece, lasting an hour for 7 bassoons – a reedy mass of pulsating and shifting textures, and performed by an American bassoon septet.
Saskia Lankhoorn: “What I find so exciting about this project is that we both, as pianists, play in ensembles that have many similarities: Ensemble Klang and Bang on a Can. These two ensembles present new music like a pop band. Vicky’s powerful and challenging sound appeal to me very much and are a perfect fit with the idea of creating an overwhelming sound world that can’t be drawn out of ‘just’ one piano…”