So, I walked into Laughing Planet one day and noticed Frank Zappa pictures on the wall. Colorful pop art and I was blown away. I looked at the signature on the paintings and I investigated and realized that Joel Washington lived in Bloomington.
I approached Joel because I was in the middle of making a recording and I was thinking of cover art. I asked him if he would be interested in taking a photograph and making it into an artful portrait.
We became friends quickly and he does great work! It took him over a year to finish the painting because we would always get together and talk about so much stuff! I finally received this piece last year and I am so excited to share. He’s a marvelous artist and you can see a lot of his major works & samples of his various styles at the Indiana University Memorial Building.
Emile wrote this hauntingly beautiful & expressive piece. It’s full of gorgeous soaring melodies for the bassoon.
About Émile Naoumoff
Émile Naoumoff (Bulgarian: Емил Наумов; born 20 February 1962 in Sofia, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian pianist and composer. He revealed himself a musical prodigy at age five, taking up the study of piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At the age of eight, after a fateful meeting in Paris, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as “the gift of my old age”. He studied with her until her death in late 1979. Boulanger gave him the opportunity to work with Clifford Curzon, Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Françaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menuhin. Lord Menuhin conducted the premiere of Naoumoff’s first Piano Concerto, with the composer as a soloist when he was ten years old. He pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lélia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan, Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux, as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Pierre Dervaux (conducting). Wikipedia
Don Freund created a version of this piece for bassoon & piano. This was originally written for Eugene Rousseau as a retirement gift. It’s a lovely piece and he thought it would sound great with bassoon and piano.
Angela Park Piano and Kathleen McLean Bassoon Auerhall 2016/10/08
Don Freund is an American composer, pianist, and Professor of Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His over 100 performed works, include solo, chamber, and orchestral music, live performance with electronic instruments, large theatre works.
Repertoire Brahms: Rhapsody in G Minor for piano solo, Op. 79 No. 2 (1879) Chiel Meijering: Follow the whisper, Part 4. twists and turns for bassoon and piano (2018, premiere) Chiel Meijering: Humble Mumble (2012/18)* Chiel Meijering: Winds of Change (1987/18)* Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A Minor for piano solo, Op. 28 (1907/17) Chiel Meijering: Fading Memories (2015/18)* Chiel Meijering: When the Soul Dies (2015/18)* Gershwin: Three Preludes for piano solo (1926)*
*Premiere of revised version for bassoon and piano
Listen to recordings from this performance:
Chiel Meijering: Follow the whisper, Part 4. twists and turns for bassoon and piano (2018, premiere)
Kathleen McLean, bassoon
with Faculty/Student String Orchestra
Repertoire Music of Chiel Meijering Perpetuate Transmigration (2016)*
Red Priest: Reversed Mastery (2016)*
Ostinato, Part 1 (2013; version for bassoon, 2016)*
Now! Part 2: Red Summer Sunset (2012/16)
Additional repertoire and performers to be announced