Shards I performed by Nicholas Horvath as part of Glassworlds in Orlando, September 6

horvathTen hours of piano music will be performed non-stop by Nicolas Horvath at the Timucua White House on September 6, 2015 starting at noon. Glassworlds will be an epic exploration into 21st century avant-garde music featuring the music of Philip Glass plus homages by American composers to the minimalist master. The audience is invited to immerse themselves in this sonic environment and can come and go quietly as they wish during the performance. Donations and refreshments will be welcomed at the door.
During this performance, Horvath will feature works by me and Central Florida composers Thad Anderson and Steve Kornicki. My contribution was a yet-to-be-completed set of solo piano pieces that take as a motive Steve Reich’s minimalist classic, Piano Phase as a source for variations inspired by Philip Glass and run through my own compositional filter. Anderson is Assistant Professor of Music at UCF, Kornicki has composed media production music heard around the world as well as contemporary classical with a recent performance by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and Griffin hosts the radio program “Zero Crossings” at Rollins College WPRK.
Horvath will begin with the entire Philip Glass piano repertoire then take the audience through the Glass homages by renowned local and US composers, each visited one-by-one, like sound objects in a vast music ocean. Every composition has been written specially and exclusively for Horvath’s virtuosic expertise. The eclectic mix varies from up-and-coming composers born in the 90s to more seasoned composers, from post-minimal to post-complexity styles and a multitude of other avant-garde influences –Glassworlds offers something enjoyable for everyone.
“With incredible stamina and concentration (and with fleeting aid of eye drops every few hours and maybe a sip of red bull), Horvath undertakes the entirety of this repertoire from start to finish without a single break, playing for up to 10 hours. Echoing the informal New York School approach, the audience is free to get up, move around, lie down on a pillow and blanket and even have a quiet snack or a bar visit. Whether audience members come from beginning to end, leave for a bit and return or only stay for a few hours; being able to listen to this gargantuan musical process is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be fully taken advantage of! Don’t let it be missed!” ~ Nikolaii Westgarth
Besides the three local composers, there will be works by American Composers Kyle Gann, Paul A. Epstein, Carson P. Cooman, Alvin Curran, Michael Jon Fink, Jim Fox, Eric Moe, Gary Powel Nash, William Susman, Michael Vincent Waller, Bil Smith, and more.

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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