performing Patrick Lenfant's Haiku at the Vieille Grille in Paris
Reims: the Atelier
Gergiev Festival late-night ticket
The Nothing Doing Band in Reims, with Guy Livingston
making of One Minute More...filming in the flevopolder - setting up the piano
The Verge Ensemble, the adventurous new-music group in residence at the Corcoran Gallery, joined forces with the Paris-based Ensemble Aleph on Friday for a concert at the Embassy of France that demonstrated the value of trans-Atlantic cooperation in areas beyond mere trade and politics. Mingling their personnel, the two groups gave a nod to the past with a graceful reading of Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor, but focused on edgier works written in the last decade or two. — Stephen Brookes, Washington Post
Sophie Dunèr and Guy Livingston at Studio Badabing, Belleville, Paris.
A quote: "This disc [Gabriela Imreh plays Piano Transcriptions] also has the benefit of including witty and personable liner notes by fellow pianist Guy Livingston, a cut above the usual dry recitation of facts known and oft repeated about the literature in the program." — Dave Lewis, All Music Guide
who says house concerts are boring? Sean and I are under the Steinway, making a last-minute repair (the first guests are already arriving). The piano will need to be in top shape, as I'm planning to attempt hair-raising music by cowell, cage, and strizich. Will we make it in time? Will the piano survive the onslaught? Will the guests have enough to drink?
Aw hell, we forgot to check the oil...
Gast in Zutphen Festival, the Netherlands.
a dada four-seasons, costumes by monique
CD of the week from Norman Lebrecht — 4 stars from Fono Forum — or you could read a horrible review of Guy's new Antheil CD: Seriously, "a dinner plate shattered into period pieces?"
With Ensemble Aleph in Paris
John Cage - Concert for piano and orchestra
video by Guy Livingston, music by Alvin Curran
making of...filming in the flevopolder - protecting the piano from the rain
George Antheil was a maverick composer of quirky works that brim over with character, an element sometimes hinted at in his titles and subtitles. Examples include his first two Piano Sonatas, subtitled "Sonata Sauvage" and "Airplane." Mr. Livingston, a pianist with a flair for modernism of all stripes, is to perform all of An theil's extant Sonatas-- including several that, until recently, were believed lost.
Don't shoot the pianist!
The fact is that Livingston has done an outstanding job of arranging these miniatures, providing a cleverly navigated musical flow in which even small interlude pieces can play an original role. Don't Panic! This CD is a piece of our world!
Here one finds only winning minutes. Livingston jumped from one musical idiom to the next with fantastic skill
American Record Guide
Livingston's playing... is assured and expert... Wergo's superb engineering... captures Livingston's instrument with exemplary strength, clarity, and immediacy. Why can't everyone record the piano this well?
The students watched spell-bound as Livingston rolled the balls back and forth over the keys and reached inside the piano to rake them across the strings. Then, donning the catchers mitt, he played groups of keys at once. At last, after striking the pianos soundboard with a ball to create the final note, he tossed it high into the air and caught it. Its a piece about risk, said Livingston. You cant drop the ball.
Convincingly guided by the search for a cheerful accessibility rather than by the necessity of warning off sensitive ears, the signal Dont Panic applies above all to the pianist himself, required to display --notably during the interpretation of this collection in concert--an incredible versatility. ...superbly shows off Guy Livingstons vocal and fingerwork virtuosity. ...In fact, we listened to some pieces many times in a row, through pure pleasure, or in an attempt to pierce their mystery.
Livingston undermines the pretentiousness of the bourgeois concert repertoire without in the process ever betraying the works. It is hard to decide whether to marvel more over Livingstons breathtaking ability, his high musical intelligence, or his theatrical humor.
A microcosm of the very newest music: one is knocked out from the extensive differentiation of technique and form. Hardly does the audience take in one piece, than it is already over and the next one immediately follows. The fantasy effervesces: Annie Gosfield, inspired by a baseball game, has the pianist play by rolling baseballs around the keyboard... Modern music is rarely so multi-dimensional, rich in changes and exciting.
New York Times
"Daring to Be New" Soloists who play recitals devoted entirely to newly commissioned works are scarce enough to seem heroic or eccentric, or perhaps a bit of both.
...une véritable performance - au sens de prouesse autant que de happening - de la part du jeune pianiste américain résidant à Paris ...tire superbement parti de la virtuosité, vocale et digitale, de Guy Livingston ...il nous arrive de réécouter plusieurs fois de suite la même pièce, par pur plaisir ou pour tenter d'en percer le mystère.
This is one of the freshest and most entertaining new music piano discs of 2001, and it deserves to sell millions... splendid engineering... affable and imaginative.
New York Times
Ketzel, a 3-year-old cat, is a prize-winning composer... "We gave the piece serious consideration because it was quite well written Mr. Livingston said. "It reminded us of Anton Webern. If Webern had had a cat, this is what Webern's cat would have written."
New York Times
Where does the fragment end and the aphorism begin? ...Mr. Livingston stretched his 36 minutes of music into a full-length evening by reading aloud boring letters from friends and colleagues and telling anecdotes about his personal life. --Bernard Holland
Whether this will be a serious artistic collage, an incredible spectacle, or just a ridiculous gimmick is hard to tell. But it certainly sounds like fun.
Photos by Jim Koulias, Paris
Baseball story? read about it on the baseball page... and then there's that darned cat