The program features world premieres of Jeffrey Harrington’s Grand Tango for violin with tango infused video created by the composer; Seattle composer Nat Evans’ and video artist Erin Elyse Burns’ desert scape Heat Whispers; and New York composer Stuart Diamond’s prismatic video that he created for his 1974 Baroque Fantasy for violin, a work championed by the late Max Polikoff.
New York video artist Sheri Wills' videos are featured in Sapphire for violin and electronics (2010) by New York composer Preston Stahly; Dilemma for viola (1987) by Czech composer Jan Jirásek; The Red Curtain Dance for viola (2003) and Letter to Avigdor for violin (1990) by Israeli American composer Ofer Ben-Amots; and Metaman for violin with digital sound & video (2009) by Rome Prize winner Charles Norman Mason. Sheri’s video for Metaman (filmed during the April 26, 2012 launch from Evergroove Studio in Evergreen, Colorado) can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/
Karen Bentley Pollick is one of America’s leading contemporary violinists and violists. She has premiered hundreds of new compositions across a diverse range of styles. Presently she tours with Two Sense pianist Lisa Moore and the Paul Dresher Double Duo, as well as with Russian pianist/composer Ivan Sokolov. She received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her 2010 Solo Violin and Alternating Currents concerts. “Rarely will a recital such as this engage the ear from beginning to end, yet each piece at Birmingham Museum of Art event had a unique style and temperament, reflecting Pollick's keen sense for gleaning quality in experimental music and giving these scores their rightful due… Pollick not only extended that thread, she vitalized and emboldened it.” Michael Huebner, Birmingham News
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