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Gig Alert: Michael Mizrahi

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Michael Mizrahi (Steven Taylor)

Michael Mizrahi
"First Ballade"
Playing on Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge
(158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets ($15) | Directions 

Pianist Michael Mizrahi is a founding member of the Moët Trio, the recently-launched the Declassified, and the new chamber music group NOW Ensemble. But now the virtuosic contemporary classical musician is going it alone with his newly released debut album, The Bright Motion.

Yet as Mizrahi explains in the album's liner notes, the new effort — which features six new works for solo piano composed in the past five years by Patrick Burke, Ryan Brown and John Mayrose, among others — was quite collaborative in nature: “Several composers told me they composed with my hands, my sound, and my approach to the keyboard in mind, and I communicated frequently with all the composers throughout the process of learning, performing, and recording their music.”

The Bright Motion aims to restore the piano's rightful place at the forefront of new music, Mizrahi also writes, "With this album of recently composed works for solo piano, I showcase the continued vitality of an instrument that evokes an exceptionally rich musical heritage yet still is capable of expressing the most contemporary of musical ideas." 

Mizrahi celebrates the release of The Bright Motion by headlining a performance with violist and Q2 host Nadia Sirota at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night. Included among Mizrahi’s evening selections will be Judd Greenstein’s Chopin-inspired “First Ballade,” which is available for download. Sirota will also be playing pieces from her new album. Watch this music video to see the first movement of Mark Dancigers' titular composition for Mizrahi's solo record, “The Bright Motion."

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