Jason Bahr: Ephemeral Rhapsody; Lawrence Dillon: Mister Blister; Carson P. Cooman: The Doors in the Sky; Daniel Kellogg: Sizzle; Mason Bates: Blue Berceuse; Kari Henrik Juusela: Red Bull #3; Nathan Williamson: Homecoming; Mark Grey: Left for the Dogs; Aaron Einbond: Fish Gotta Swim; Marc Mellits: Żubrówka; Suzanne Sorkin: Toward the Other Shore; Sydney Hodkinson: Rush; Patrick Castillo: Cirque; Hiro Morozumi: Real Phone Key; John Kennedy: fp (For Piotr); Laurence Sherr: Midnight Dance; Piotr Szewczyk: All Wheel Drive; Richard Belcastro: Buyer’s Remorse; Lisa R. Coons: Coming Undone; Tyler Capp: Scatterbrain; Gary Smart: Benediction; Ng Wah-Hei: Caprice; Ethan Wickman: Respite; Jeffrey Harrington: Puce; Adam Schoenberg: Swoosh; Lan Chee-Lam: Memories; Jianjun He: Yang-Ge Dance; Clifton Callender: gegenschein; John Oliver: Tossing and Turning; Jorge Sosa: Moto Perpetuo; Carl Schimmel: Whiffet; Moritz Eggert: Idylle (Idyl); Piotr Szewczyk: First Coast Groove
Piotr Szewczyk, violin
US release date: 12 Feb 2016
In 2005, violinist and composer Piotr Szewczyk developed the Violin Futura Project, a collection of commissioned miniatures for solo violin that highlights over thirty international contemporary composers and how they are re-imagining the solo violin. “The purpose of the Violin Futura Project,” says Szewczyk, “is to sample the creative environment of our times by showcasing the wide variety of styles present in the twenty-first century, and to create a body of new solo violin repertoire.” Navona Records presents the album release of Szewczyk’s project, VIOLIN FUTURA.
The miniature format acts as a foundation for a self-contained concert program, in a way crafting a larger meta-piece comprised of movements written by different composers. Each piece in this collection stands on its own, yet as a group, an enthralling musical landscape of the twenty-first century emerges. The project’s focus on the solo violin miniature gives insight into how composers are implementing the aesthetic eclecticism of today, incorporating material from popular music, using extended techniques, and including written materials such as tabloid articles and poetry. With a group of international composers that crosses multiple generations, the listener is offered a variety of approaches to style and diction that are evolving concurrently.