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Cornish Music Series: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, September 26

August 28, 2013

Pianist Cristina Valdes, Trio Pardalote (violinist Victoria Parker, violist Heather Bentley, and cellist Rowena Hammill), and composer Wayne Horvitz perform new works by Horvitz for piano, strings, and electronics as part of the Cornish Music Series on Thursday, September 26 at 8 pm at PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy St., Seattle.

Tickets for this event are $20 general admission, $15 seniors (62+), $10 students and Cornish alumni and $5 Teen Tix (members only) and can be purchased online at or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets 1.800.838.3006.

Wayne Horvitz draws from the large body of audio samples recorded at Ft. Worden in Port Townsend for “55- Music and Dance in Concrete” to create a live performance score that uses the material as its foundation. Writing for the phenomenal pianist Cristina Valdes and Trio Parladote, Horvitz has generated a suite of sonically rich and deeply textured compositions. As part of the evening’s program, Mr. Horvitz will also perform improvisations for amplified piano and laptop.

Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist, and electronic musician. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Philip Wilson, Michael Shrieve, Bobby Previte, Marty Ehrlich, Skerik, William Parker, Ron Miles, Sara Schoenbeck, Peggy Lee, Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, and Dylan van der Schyff, among others. He has been commissioned by the NEA, Meet the Composer, Kronos String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, PGAFF, BAM, and others. His collaborators from across the arts include Paul Taylor, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Gus Van Sandt, and Gordon Edelstein. He has produced CDs for performers including Eddie Palmieri, Fontella Bass, Robin Holcomb, and Bill Frisell. He is the 2001 recipient of the Seattle Artist Trust Fellowship, 2003 and 2006 recipient of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture fellowship, 2002 recipient of the Rockefeller Map Grant for JOE HILL, 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra, Voices, and Improviser, and 2008 recipient of the NEA American Masterpieces grant for These Hills of Glory for string quartet and improviser. Ensembles include The President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, The HMP Trio, The New York Composers Orchestra, The 4 Plus 1 Ensemble, Sweeter Than the Day, and The Gravitas Quartet.

Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdes is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis. She has performed across four continents and in a multitude of venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Nordstrom Hall, and the Kennedy Center. An avid chamber musician, Valdes has toured extensively with the Bang on a Can “All Stars” and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, Antares, and Trio V. Her festival appearances include the Singapore Arts Festival, the Brisbane Arts Festival, the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, the New Music in Miami Festival, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador, among others. She has also performed with the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Valdes can be heard on several recordings on the Newport Classics, Albany, and Innova labels. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and SUNY at Stony Brook, and is the recipient of an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music grant.

Trio Pardalote knits time and timelessness together through its interpretations of the chamber music repertoire. The group is devoted to performing not only traditional masterworks of the string trio repertoire but also compositions of the 20th century and has commissioned works by living composers. The trio performs in a range of venues, from concert halls to art galleries, private homes, and classrooms, and has extended the range of its programming through collaboration with other artists. The three members—Victoria Parker, violin, Heather Bentley, viola, and Rowena Hammill, cello—have been celebrated in their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians, principal orchestral players, and improvisers. The trio has taken its name from the pardalote, a tiny, rarely seen Australian songbird that visited Hammill’s mother on her birthday.

The commission is supported with funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.