Tod Machover – composer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab – began his career as the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM institute in Paris. His Re-Structures for 2 Pianos and Electronics was commissioned in 2015 by the Lucerne Festival, and was premiered there to celebrate Boulez’s 90th birthday. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Re-Structures “morphs from hardcore 1950s serialism into fresh, rhythmically driving, all-cylinders-firing, electronically enhanced Machover…Thrilling!” The work – which was recently recorded by Quattro Mani for Bridge Records – will receive its East Coast premiere by acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani on November 13 at ArtScience Gallery in Cambridge, AM, and New York City premiere on November 15 at Carnegie Hall.
Quattro Mani has, for more than two decades, become a leading force in the development and performance of new repertoire for two keyboards, premiering dozens of new compositions composed for the duo. Quattro Mani’s latest disc, Re-Structures, is scheduled for release this December by Bridge Records. The CD has the intrepid duo playing a far-ranging selection of new compositions, including the title Machover work, Kurtág’s microtonal pianos, Ruders’s virtuosic harpsichord & piano writing, and Tango by way of Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots.
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM
ArtScience Gallery, Le Laboratoire, Cambridge, MA
Pierre, Tod and Two Freds
Music for 2 Pianos and Electronics inspired by Pierre Boulez
Performed by Quattro Mani. Presented by Tod Machover.
Order the CD, Quattro Mani’s Re-Structures (available December 2017).