Elias Rodriguez, clarinet. Gerhwin: Three Preludes arr. Cohn.
Live from a solo recital at the Fondation Des États-Unis in Paris, France. 7th of May, 2019. *This version is inspired by my clarinet idol, Andreas Ottensamer. *I decided to play the 2nd movement on bass clarinet to change the color. Thank you for listening.
Elias Rodriguez clarinet - Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla arr. unknown
After I heard a performance of Venancio Rius performing this arrangement of Piazzolla's Oblivion, I made my own transcription by ear. Performed live at La Fondation Des États-Unis of La Cité Universitaire de Paris. May 7th, 2019. Paris, France. Elias Rodriguez, clarinet Dhyani Heath, violin Claudine Rippe, violin Jossalyn Jensen, viola Andrew Briggs, cello William Cravy, double bass
Life Story // by Thomas Adès
Life Story (1993) ◽ music by Thomas Adès (b.1971) ◽ text by Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) ❯ PERFORMED BY ❮ ◽ Olivier Gagnon, tenor ◽ Elias Rodriguez, bass clarinet ◽ Caitlin Beare, bass clarinet ◽ Julian Lampert, double bass // ❯ ABOUT THE PIECE ❮ This setting was made in April 1993 for Mary Wiegold's Songbook. Of his work, Thomas Adès says that it "reflects all the double-edges of the poem: comic and tragic, relaxed and formal, seedy and tender, with a toe-stubbing punchline." Mary Wiegold’s Songbook is a collection of songs for soprano and usually an ensemble of two clarinets, viola, cello and double bass, which were written at the invitation of the soprano Mary Wiegold and the composer John Woolrich in collaboration with the Composers Ensemble. Since 1988, over 130 composers, from Milton Babbitt to Elvis Costello, have either agreed or volunteered to contribute to it. The text is taken from Tennessee Williams's In the Winter of Cities (1956), the first of his two books of poetry and is dedicated to the memory of his maternal grandfather, "The Reverend Walter E. Dakin", an episcopal priest. ❯ ABOUT THE COMPOSER ❮ Thomas Adès (born in London in 1971) is an English composer, conductor and pianist. He studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and read music at King’s College, Cambridge. He has written three operas (Powder Her Face, The Tempest and The Exterminating Angel) and has written extensively for orchestra (notably Asyla, Tevot and Polaris), chamber ensemble (Arcadiana, Living Toys) and solo piano (Traced Overhead, Blanca Variations). Adès has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Léonie Sonning Music Prize and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award (2000), of which he is the youngest ever recipient. ❯ ABOUT THE POET ❮ Tennessee Williams (born in Colombus, MS in 1911; died in NYC in 1983) was an American playwright that is considered, along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, as one of America's major playwrights of the twentieth century. The Glass Menagerie (1944) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) launched his career, leading to an extremely prolific period from 1948-1959. From 1960 onwards and especially following the death of his partner Frank Merlo in 1963, he fell into a period of depression and drug use. His attempts to revive his career were not well received and he died suddenly from accidentally inhaling the cap of a plastic bottle. ❯ ABOUT THE PERFORMERS ❮ Olivier Gagnon, tenor, was born in Bermuda and raised in Ireland by Québécois parents. He earned a bachelor's in music with First Class Honours and concert recital diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and recently graduated from Bard College Conservatory's Vocal Arts Program, directed by Dawn Upshaw, studying voice with Sanford Sylvan. At the Fisher Center for Performing Arts, he has sung Tamino in Bard College's recent production of Die Zauberflöte, the solo in Handel's Messiah and most recently sang the Governor and Vanderdendur in Bernstein's Candide. In March 2017, Olivier was a soloist for Bach's Cantata Jesu, der du meine Seele (BVW 78) with the Albany Symphony at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Dallas, Texas native, Elias Rodriguez began his clarinet studies at the age of eleven. He made his national solo debut at the age of 16, after being selected to perform on a live broadcast of the National Public Radio show "From the Top." He is currently a member of The Orchestra Now, a pre-professional orchestral training program at Bard College. In February 2018, Elias will be performing as a soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with The Orchestra Now. A Virginia native, clarinetist Caitlin Beare has held fellowship positions at the Talis Festival & Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. She is currently in her second year of the Advanced Performance Studies program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she studies with David Krakauer, Pascual Martinez Forteza, and Anthony McGill. Caitlin received her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and her bachelor of music degree summa cum laude from Shenandoah Conservatory. Julian Lampert is a double bassist from Lawrenceville, NJ who enjoys playing bass in orchestral, Latin, and jazz ensembles. He received a bachelor of arts degree in music from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts under the instruction of Tim Cobb and Lou Kosma and a performance studies degree at the Bard College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Leigh Mesh, and Luis Garcia-Renart. In Summer 2014 he joined the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra for a concert tour of Eastern Europe and in Summer 2016 for a tour of Cuba. He is currently a member of The Orchestra Now program at Bard College. Julian also studies with the Bronx based Latin musician Andy Gonzalez.