The 2005 Festival of Microtonal Music

Joshua Pierce: REVELATION

Saturday May 14 / 8:00
Preconcert talk with the composer at 7:00

Pierce College Performing Arts Building 6201 Winnetka Ave Woodland Hills

Direct from his New York Merkin Hall concerts, Grammy-nominated pianist Joshua Pierce performs the West Coast Premiere of Michael Harrison's 90-minute magnum opus Revelation For The Harmonically Tuned Piano on a custom tuned Mason & Hamlin (BB), supplied by European Pianocraft (Signal Hill, CA). Composed for a new "non-tempered" microtonal tuning that Michael Harrison invented, Revelation is a modern approach to the ancient principles of pure intonation and harmonic resonance. The work introduces never-before-heard combinations of modes, harmonies, and acoustical phenomenon that have been praised in The New York Times as "a new harmonic world..." and in Stuart Isacoff's new book Temperament as "he seemed to free an angelic choir above."

"...huge golden balls of vibrant sound."
Paul Griffiths, The New York Times

"An indisputable landmark in Western tuning's circuitous history."
Kyle Gann, The Village Voice.

"Joshua Pierce plays with tremendous dramatic flair and exuberant relish."
The London Daily Telegraph

"Joshua Pierce's rendering of the score was virtuosic in the best sense: technically accomplished and emotionally committed in every moment. When the piece was pensive, he was tender and thoughtful; when it wanted to soar, he unleashed a torrent of energy."
Stewart Isacoff, Sequenza 21

$15/10 students & seniors - tickets at the door

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