The New Asia Chamber Music Society’s first appearance at National Sawdust features the music of Patrick Zimmerli and Max Bruch. New York native Patrick Zimmerli writes gripping, original works that blend world music, classical music and jazz. This concert brings three of his works, The Call, for Viola and Piano; Spectres, for Solo Viola; and the world premiere of his Clarinet Sonata, with Max Bruch’s gorgeous pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano.
Patrick Zimmerli’s Clarinet Sonata is a tour de force of jazz-inflected contemporary chamber music. Over three movements, grooves, virtuosic quasi-improvisations, lush harmonies, and the passion and drive of jazz and popular music are framed within a classical formal design, taking the listener on an epic emotional journey.
Spectres, for Solo Viola, in three large movements flanked by four shorter “Apparitions,” is a musical rumination on the way the dead and departed can live on through us, in life and in art. The idea of haunting is dramatized in the “Apparitions,” consisting of one simple musical idea that recurs throughout the piece.
The Call, a short, highly charged piece for Viola and Piano, has been performed as an encore piece many times throughout the US and Europe.
Max Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano is one of the most glorious sets of pieces for the instrumentation, thriving on rich melodies and gorgeous colors in the clarinet and viola, which are treated as equal partners in this moving set.