Emanuel Ax Performs Variations And Etudes By Beethoven, Haydn, Schumann And Copland On New Sony Classical Release
Recording Available January 22, 2013
Variations Features Three Works Never Before Recorded By The Pianist
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Sony Classical is proud to announce a new recording by pianist Emanuel Ax of four significant sets of Variations by four titanic composers: Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, and Copland. Variations is available on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
One of the best known classical musicians of our time and winner of multiple Grammy awards for both solo and chamber performances, Ax believes that the Variations format is the great composer’s way of showing consummate artistry. “I think people like Beethoven, Haydn, and Schumann show what great compositional virtuosos they are in these pieces.”
The pianist points out that each of these sets of Variations is unusual, “each revolutionary in its own way.” He has also discovered that they go very well together in a concert program. Now, surely to the worldwide delight of fans of virtuoso classical piano performance, he presents them together on a recording as well.
The album features Beethoven’s Variations and Fugue for Piano in E-flat major, Op. 35, commonly known as the Eroica Variations because it’s built partly on the famous theme of the Eroica Symphony. It also includes Haydn’s Andante with Variations in F minor (Hob. XVII:6), also known as the Keyboard Sonata “Un piccolo divertimento.”
The Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 by Robert Schumann, a very difficult piece and a recent addition to the pianist’s repertoire, round out the CD version of the release. However, a bonus track of the great American composer Aaron Copland’s Piano Variations is also included with purchase of a digital download only. Mr. Ax describes this less well known piece as “very ‘in your face’ – there are beautiful things in it and it’s a very powerful piece, and [in the opening] it’s a real expression of the piano as a percussion instrument.”
In the pianist’s life, says Mr. Ax, “we’re so centered on the sonata style. What’s nice sometimes is to look at other ways to deal with structure, other ways to deal with expression, other ways to deal with forming your thoughts.” As a great and longtime admirer of the Variations idea, he is perhaps the ideal interpreter to bring this love to life in the recording studio. These pieces also represent the planned repertoire of some of his upcoming solo performances. (In addition, Mr. Ax is an Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for much of its 2012-2013 season.)
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LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai today announces his official 2012 North American Tour in support of the upcoming release The Story of Light , a new solo album of original material, to be released on August 14 (Favored Nations Entertainment). The tour kicks off the next day, August 15 , at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida’s Revolution and ends October 13 in Agoura Hills, CA.
In addition to regular concert ticket sales, Vai fans can purchase a unique and special premium package – the EVO Experience – which includes a meet and greet pass, a Q&A session with Steve Vai, access to sound check, a 2012 Story of Light Tour Program, an exclusive EVO Experience laminate and a number of other Vai merchandise items. EVO Experience premium tickets will soon be available for purchase through Vai’s website, www.Vai.com. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets are available for each show.
The Story of Light is available for online pre-sale orders, including a special pre-sale selection of bundled packages, on www.Vai.com .
|North American Tour Dates:|
|8/15||Ft. Lauderdale FL||Revolution|
|8/16||St. Petersburg FL||Palladium Theatre|
|8/17||Lake Buena Vista FL||House of Blues|
|8/18||Jacksonville FL||Florida Theatre|
|8/20||Charlotte NC||The Fillmore|
|8/21||Nashville TN||Marathon Musicworks|
|8/22||Asheville NC||Orange Peel|
|8/24||N. Myrtle Beach SC||House of Blues|
|8/25||Durham NC||Carolina Theatre|
|8/26||Richmond VA||The National|
|8/28||Washington DC||The Howard Theatre|
|8/29||Stroudsberg PA||Sherman Theatre|
|8/30||Glenside PA||Keswick Theatre|
|8/31||Westbury NY||Theatre at Westbury|
|9/2||Lancaster PA||Chameleon Club|
|9/4||Ridgefield CT||The Ridgefield Playhouse|
|9/5||Wilmington DE||The Grand Opera House|
|9/6||Greensburg PA||Palace Theater|
|9/7||New Brunswick NJ||State Theatre|
|9/8||Morristown NJ||Mayo Performing Arts Center|
|9/9||Albany NY||The Egg|
|9/11||New York NY||Best Buy Theater|
|9/13||Boston MA||Wilbur Theatre|
|9/14||Northampton MA||Calvin Theatre|
|9/15||Concord NH||Capitol Center|
|9/16||Lebanon NH||Lebanon Opera House|
|9/17||Quebec QC CAN||Capitole Du Quebec|
|9/18||Montreal QC CAN||Metropolis|
|9/20||Toronto ON CAN||Sony Centre|
|9/21||Royal Oak MI||Royal Oak Music Hall|
|9/22||Buffalo NY||University of Buffalo Center for the Arts|
|9/24||Cleveland OH||House of Blues|
|9/26||Minneapolis MN||The Brick|
|9/27||Milwaukee WI||Pabst Theater|
|9/28||Chicago IL||House of Blues|
|9/29||St. Louis MO||The Pageant|
|9/30||Salina KS||The Stiefel Theatre|
|10/1||Denver CO||The Ogden Theatre|
|10/3||Boise ID||Knitting Factory|
|10/4||Seattle WA||The Moore Theatre|
|10/5||Vancouver BC||Commodore Ballroom|
|10/6||Portland OR||Roseland Theater|
|10/7||Napa CA||Uptown Theatre|
|10/9||San Francisco CA||Regency Ballroom|
|10/10||Sacramento CA||Ace of Spades|
|10/11||Anaheim CA||City National Grove of Anaheim|
|10/12||Los Angeles CA||Club Nokia|
|10/13||Agoura Hills CA||Canyon Club|
For more information: www.vai.com
SOURCE Favored Nations Entertainment
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Steve Vai to Release New Solo Album The Story Of Light August 14 on Favored Nations Records, With Guest Vocalists Including Aimee Mann and Beverly McClellan
12 ORIGINAL RECORDINGS CONTINUE A CONCEPTUAL NARRATIVE ARC STARTED ON VAI’S ACCLAIMED REAL ILLUSIONS: REFLECTIONS ALBUM
LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai will release The Story of Light , a new solo album of original material, on August 14 . The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment , the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12-song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist’s acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections (also Vai’s most recent solo studio release).
Although The Story of Light is largely instrumental, the album does feature guest vocalists including singer-songwriter Aimee Mann —dueting with Vai on “No More Amsterdam,” which she also co-wrote—and Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on The Voice. McClellan appears on “John the Revelator,” a track inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson , whose acid-soaked vocals are in the mix as well. Other highlights include the title track (which opens the album), “Gravity Storm,” “The Moon and I,” and “Velorum.”
Throughout, three-time GRAMMY-winner Vai’s lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful, his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners’ minds in equal measure. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief, intertwining tragedy, revelation, enlightenment, and redemption.
“I’m always pursuing knowledge, I’m a seeker of spiritual equilibrium—and music is a big part of that,” says Vai. “I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of ideas for years.” Looking ahead, Vai envisions a third set of songs that will unravel the mysteries and reveal truths that swirl through both The Story of Light and Real Illusions: Reflections. The completed trilogy, intended to be cinematic—even operatic—in scope, will include lyrics and narration.
The Story of Light is available as of today for online pre-sale orders. This special pre-sale selection of bundled packages is offered exclusively through Vai’s website, www.Vai.com , where complete details on the products and ordering information are available. Each package includes an instant download of a track from the new album personally selected by Vai, “Gravity Storm.”
Following up the 2009 live album Where The Wild Things Are, The Story of Light is Vai’s 16th solo effort. In support of its release, Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, accompanied by his band—who are also featured on the new album: Dave Weiner (guitar), Jeremy Colson (drums), Philip Bynoe (bass), and Deborah Hensen (harp, vocals, keyboards).
For more information: www.vai.com
SOURCE Favored Nations Entertainment
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Tommy Emmanuel will embark on a 31-date U.S. and Canadian tour beginning May 14th at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. Tickets can be found at www.tommyemmanuel.com.
Twice GRAMMY nominated guitar virtuoso, Tommy Emmanuel is considered a master of many genres including jazz, rock, blues, and country music. He has been described as the most charismatic, soulful and technically brilliant “fingerstyle” guitarist today. Emmanuel’s approach to fingerstyle playing was inspired by the great, Chet Atkins. The bass line is played with the thumb while the melody is played with the first two or three fingers. Emmanuel’s extraordinary musicianship and influence has not gone unnoticed. He has been honored with numerous awards throughout the world including most recently, The Emblem of Rome , 2011′s CMA Global Artist Award, and in 2010 he received the Queen’s Member of the Order of Australia as well as Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Legend award.
The Emblem of Rome medal was presented to Australian guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel for his contribution to the arts in Rome by Mayor Gianni Alemanno during the inauguration ceremony of the newly refurbished Piazza San Silvestro. Emmanuel is the first musician ever to receive the award. The prestigious award was also awarded to the legendary James Taylor later that day.
This tour will blanket the U.S. and Canada. To support these appearances, local PBS stations will be airing his TV special, Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live From The Balboa Theatre which features artists from his recent Little by Little CD including Anthony Snape, Pam Rose, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. The show was filmed in HD for PBS Television, and has been airing on PBS stations in the U.S. since last June.
|16-May||Casino du Lac||Gatineau, Quebec|
|17-May||Places des arts||Montreau|
|18-May||Palais Montcalm||Quebec City|
|22-May||Shadtman Performance Hall||Roanoke, VA|
|23-May||Rams Head on Stage||Annapolis, MD|
|24-May||The Birchmere||Alexandria, VA|
|27-May||Festival des Guitares du Monde||Quebec|
|2-Jun||Fur Peace Ranch||Pomeroy, Ohio|
|3-Jun||Fur Peace Ranch||Pomeroy, Ohio|
|7-Jun||Colonial Theatre||Phoenixville, PA|
|9-Jun||Carpenter Theater @ Richmond||Richmond, VA|
|19-Jun||Ikeda Theater@Mesa Arts Ctr||Mesa, AZ|
|22-Jun||Thanksgiving Point||Lehi, UT|
|23-Jun||Colorado Heights University||Denver, Co|
|24-Jun||Kimo Theatre||Albuquerque, NM|
|26-Jun||Tower Theater||Bend, OR|
|27-Jun||McDonald Theatre||Eugene, OR|
|29-Jun||Bing Crosby Theater||Spokane, WA|
|30-Jun||Paramount Theatre||Seattle, WA|
|15-Jul||California World Music Festival||Grass Valley, CA|
|23-Jul||Appleby College||Harrisburg, PA|
|24-Jul||Sunoco Performance Theater||Harrisburg, PA|
|25-Jul||Town Hall Theater||New York, NY|
|26-Jul||Mayo Center/Performing Arts||Morristown, NJ|
|27-Jul||The Wilbur Theater||Boston, MA|
|28-Jul||Ossipee Valley Music Festival||Hiram, ME|
|8-Sep||Harry St. Clair Memorial||Greenville, OH|
|25-Sep||Grand Theatre Frankfort||Frankfort, KY|
|26-Sep||Montgomery PAC||Montgomery, Al|
For more information, please go to www.tommyemmanuel.com
SOURCE Tommy Emmanuel
Web Site: http://www.tommyemmanuel.com
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