The Rochester Folk Art Guild and Schadowrider Records have scheduled two performances by members of the internationally renowned Ensemble Resonance: Michael Hunter on piano, Paul Schliffer on flute and Matthew Shubin on bassoon, marking the release of their second CD, “II (Sessions 2003-2004)”.
Hunter is a reference librarian at HWS's Warren Hunting Smith Library.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the musicians will present the Beethoven Opus 11 trio, originally for piano, clarinet and cello; along with a set of pieces composed by G.I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Rochester Folk Art Guild, 1445 Upper Hill Road in Middlesex.
The next day's program will be fully devoted to the music of Gurdjieff and deHartmann, and will begin at 3 p.m. in the Cutler Ballroom at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester.
Tickets for each concert will be $12 at the door.
Gurdjieff, a teacher who devoted his life to the question of the inner evolution of humankind, brought to the West, from his life in Central Asia and the Caucasus, music of remarkable variety and depth. He transcribed this music for piano with the help of the noted Russian composer/pianist Thomas de Hartmann. Their music is known by groups working with Gurdjieff's teachings throughout the world, but is rarely heard in public concerts.
For more than 20 years, the musicians of the Ensemble Resonance have been engaged in a study of these pieces, each a microcosm able to link the listening of the performer and the listening of the audience in a special way. The concerts will explore works from the original solo piano collections in diverse instrumental settings, including Asian Songs and Rhythms, Hymns, Prayers and Rituals, and Music of the Sayyids and Dervishes.
Both of the Ensemble’s CD releases feature the music of Gurdjieff and de Hartmann, and will be available for purchase at the concerts.
For details on the Ensemble Resonance, visit http://www.schadowrider.com.