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Cornish Presents Paul Taub 30th Anniversary Concert

October 07, 2009

Seattle, WA – Flutist Paul Taub celebrates 30 years in Seattle in a program of works by Reza Vali, Toshio Hosokawa, Jovino Santos Neto, Bun-Ching Lam, Wayne Horvitz, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Julie Mandel, and Henry Brant’s “Ghosts and Gargoyles” featuring 8 of Seattle’s finest flutists; with Cristina Valdes, piano, and Roger Nelson, conductor.

Paul Taub’s 30 years in Seattle have been marked by a commitment to contemporary music. It’s altogether fitting that this anniversary concert features works that Paul either had a direct hand in bringing about, or were penned by composers Paul helped to introduce to Seattle and American audiences. The result is a concert that spans the breadth of flute music from around the world. From the rhythms of Rio to the mysterious mugam of Azerbaijan, the traditional sounds of Japan and China or the deep roots of American folk and blues, Taub explores and extends the flute repertoire with a unique virtuosity and zeal.

November 14, 8 pm

PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy Street
Tickets: $18 general advance, $20 general at door, $10 students, alumni & seniors

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About the artist

Born in New York City, Paul Taub has been a resident of Seattle and a Cornish faculty member since 1979. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and has studied with some of the world’s greatest flutists including Michel Debost, Samuel Baron, Marcel Moyse, and Robert Aitken.

As a founding member and Executive Director of the Seattle Chamber Players, Taub has played an active role in the Seattle contemporary music scene and has performed and recorded American and world premieres by internationally known composers such as Robert Aitken, John Cage, George Crumb, Janice Giteck, Sofia Gubaidulina, Wayne Horvitz, Ned Rorem, Toru Takemitsu, Reza Vali, and Peteris Vasks among others. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, the Everett Symphony, the Young Composers Collective, and the Esoterics.

Taub has also worked extensively to promote Soviet/Russian composers in America and American composers in the former Soviet Union. His Soviet repertoire has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, at the Goodwill Arts Festival, and in a solo recital at the Leningrad Musical Spring International Festival. He has also performed four times in Russia with the Seattle Chamber Players and twice at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland, as well as in Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, and Ukraine.

Taub’s program of international solo flute music has been presented at numerous festivals and universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and France. His recital of ten commissioned works has been performed in Seattle—where he gave the first flute recital in the new Benaroya Hall—and in New York City. A CD of these works entitled Oo-Ee is available on Periplum Records. Taub has also been a featured performer at National Flute Association conventions in Los Angeles (1992), Atlanta (1999), Las Vegas (2003) and New York (2009). He is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of both Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association.

About the program

The Seattle Chamber Players first introduced Iranian-born Reza Vali’s music to Seattle in the 1990s. Kismet (Caligraphy #7) will receive its world premiere at this recital. Scored for three flutes with piccolo and alto flute doublings, Taub will have recorded parts two and three prior to the recital then play them back while performing the first part live. Incorporating Persian scales with their microtonal pitches, Vali’s work is a sterling example of the Pittsburgh-based composer’s work combining Persian classical music and Western instruments.

Born in Macao, and currently living in New York and Paris, Bun-Ching Lam combines her Chinese sensibility with contemporary Western compositional techniques to create a highly personal and mesmerizing musical voice in Loin d’Ici for flute and piano. Toshio Hosokawa’s Lied, also for flute and piano and dedicated to Paul Taub, is a hauntingly beautiful work from the unique voice of today’s leading composer of Japan.
Commissioned only in 2007, it has already entered the repertoire of flutists all over the world. Eclectic Seattle composer Wayne Horvitz’s concert music is influenced by American jazz, popular and folk music, and will be represented here with his work Inside Morning.

Julie Mandel is a New York composer whose Blues for Paul was premiered by Taub when he appeared as a guest artist with the American Chamber Ensemble at Hofstra University in 2007. Cornish faculty member composer Jovino Santos Neto has dedicated his Sertão Carioca to Paul. The work captures the soundscape of Rio de Janeiro through the language of several different styles of Brazilian music, including choro, samba and baião. In the United States, Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s music has been championed by the Continuum ensemble in New York, the Kronos Quartet and the Seattle Chamber Players. Ashk Havasi, for flute and prepared piano, is an emotionally powerful piece of the Baku composer best known for her works that combine the musical tradition of the Azerbaijani mugam and 20th century Western compositional techniques.

Taub befriended the American composer Henry Brant in 1992 when the composer was already 81 years old. During the following seventeen years, Paul produced several events in Seattle featuring the unique “spatial” music of this major American voice. These included memorable concerts at the Museum of Flight, St James Cathedral, and Town Hall. Ghosts and Gargoyles was written at Paul’s suggestion as a sequel to the first “flute choir” piece of the 20th century, Brant’s Angels and Devils. Like its predecessor, Ghosts and Gargoyles is a concerto for flute and flute orchestra, supplemented in the later piece by a jazz drummer! Subtitled Spatial Soliloquies the piece will explore the acoustic nooks and crannies of Cornish’s historic PONCHO Concert Hall.

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About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.