Eve Egoyan Recital / CD Launch
Earwitness Productions presents EVE EGOYAN
Intimate Music in an Intimate Space Recital
Eve Egoyan Recital / CD Launch
October 16 - 18, at 8 pm
General enquires: (416) 551-3544
Online ticketing closes at 9:30AM on Friday October 16th.
Limited tickets will be available at the door and sold on a first come, first serve basis at 7pm on each performance date.
“A player of incredible, often very quiet intensity.” - The Wire magazine.
Eve Egoyan, one of Canada’s foremost pianists and interpreters of contemporary music, performs intimate contemporary piano music in an intimate space at Toronto’s Small World Music Centre, October 16 - 18. This distinctive recital programme features music by Toronto composers John Mark Sherlock, Nick Storring and Linda Catlin Smith. The event also serves as the launch of “Thought and Desire”, an album comprised of world première recordings by composer Linda Catlin Smith.
Eve Egoyan specializes in the performance of new works. Her intense focus, command of the instrument, insightful interpretations and unique programmes welcome audiences into unknown territory, bridging the gap between listener and composer. The primary unifying characteristic of this concert is an orientation inward, a certain reflective quality. Each piece invites a particular type of introspective and aural virtuosity on the part of the performer and audience.
Jointly released on Earwitness Editions (Canada) and World Edition (Germany), “Thought and Desire” is Eve’s tenth solo CD. Smith’s compositions explore harmony, melody and timbre, leaving the listener suspended in a poetic, magical sound world. The unusual elegance of Linda Catlin Smith’s writing and her deep intuitive connection with the piano works exceptionally well on disc where we can share the nuances magnified, as Eve Egoyan hears them at the piano’s keyboard.
byland (2015) by Nick Storring *
rake, rake (2015) by John Sherlock *
Nocturnes and Chorales (2014) by Linda Catlin Smith **
* World première **Toronto première
Eve Egoyan is an artist whose medium is the piano. Her intuitive musicality, insightful attention to detail, and pianistic virtuosity have made her one of the world’s most sought-after interpreters of contemporary music. Eve’s musical interests span extremely contrasting sensibilities: from Alvin Curran’s five-hour long Inner Cities to Erik Satie’s miniatures; from minimalist Simple Lines of Enquiry by Ann Southam to maximalist new complexity works by Michael Finnissy; from the barely audible to roaring overtone-filled resonances; from the rigorous interpretation of a score to free improvisation. Eve’s exploratory nature and restless curiosity have led to numerous collaborations with other artists from a variety of disciplines including technologies in relation to the piano. She has most recently been commissioning works for music and image. She is the Executive Producer on most of her ten solo discs, involved at every level of production from selecting the repertoire and sourcing the funds to overseeing all sound and visual design decisions, lovingly guiding each disc to completion. Her discs have received accolades including "Best Classical" The Globe and Mail (1999) for her first solo CD, and more recently one of “Ten Top” classical discs, The New Yorker magazine (2009), and “Top Classical Disc of the Year”, The Globe and Mail (2011). Eve’s 2016 tour of works for disklavier and image include the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theatre (Los Angeles), University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, and Stanford University and the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal at Bourgie Hall in collaboration with McGill University (Montréal). Her recording of Maria de Alvear’s diptych De Puro Amor and En Amor Duro will be released in 2016.
Critical acclaim for Eve Egoyan’s previous recordings:
“An impeccable solo recital by Eve Egoyan that excels in every possible way.” - Gramophone Magazine
“Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan's pianism has strengths in abundance, fully justifying Michael Finnissy's testimony that 'she illuminates the music she plays; an alchemy, authenticity and fearlessness”. - International Piano Magazine
One of “2009: Ten Exceptional Recordings”. “For certain overlapping periods this year, I couldn’t stop listening to ... Ann Southam’s immense, mysterious piano piece Simple Lines of Enquiry”. - Alex Ross, The New Yorker
Eve gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council for making this launch concert possible.