Jack Van Zandt and Nadia Shpachenko: Telling a Story with Music

Jack Van Zandt and Nadia Shpachenko: Telling a Story with Music

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Wednesday@Noon Lecture/Recital

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:10–1 p.m.
Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Jack Van Zandt, composer
Nadia Shpachenko, piano


Composer Jack Van Zandt and pianist Nadia Shpachenko present a lecture/performance that focuses on Van Zandt’s piece commissioned for Shpachenko’s Poetry of Places project, “Sí an Bhrú” for piano and electronics, which was inspired by the oldest building in the world, located in Ireland. Van Zandt delivers a short lecture, “Telling a Story with Music,” in which he tells how he composed this work and others utilizing his composer’s “tool box” that he has spent a lifetime assembling, and he and Shpachenko go on to relate how they worked closely together on the project. Shpachenko performs the eleven minute work and the event ends with a Q and A segment. The lecture is written as an educational piece with student composers in mind, but is good for all music majors, including performers and musicologists.


Jack Van Zandt is a Los Angeles composer of music for concerts, public spaces, and gallery installations, as well as for TV, film and advertising. He studied composition with Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, Thea Musgrave, Peter Racine Fricker, and Emma Lou Diemer. His concert music has been performed in the USA and in Europe, where he lived and worked for 20 years. His commercial music, composed in partnership with Joel Wachbrit, appears frequently on national broadcast and cable television. He is on the board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composers Forum, and was president 2014-17. He is an experienced music educator, a frequent guest university lecturer, and was a Visiting Artist at CalArts during the Spring 2017 term.

Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” she performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often also feature recitation, electronics and multimedia. Nadia’s concert highlights include recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, and Disney Hall, as well as numerous appearances as soloist with orchestras in Europe and the Americas.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia has given world and national premieres of more than 60 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Gernot Wolfgang, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, Jack Van Zandt, and others. Most recently Nadia performed contemporary solo and chamber compositions on Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, the Piano Spheres Series, Salastina Music Society, and Hear Now Music Festival.

Nadia Shpachenko is Professor of Music at Cal Poly Pomona University, where she leads the Piano Performance program and was awarded the 2017 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities. She is also on the faculty of Claremont Graduate University, where she teaches Doctoral piano students. Nadia completed her DMA and MM degrees at the University of Southern California, where she was awarded the title of Outstanding Graduate. Her principal teachers included John Perry, Victor Rosenbaum, and Victor Derevianko. Nadia Shpachenko is a Steinway Artist and a Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist.

Free and open to the campus
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