Convene with the birds through the universal language of music. Built around Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of Messiaen’s complete Catalogue d’Oiseaux over three concerts, the weekend will also include bird walks, a panel discussion, and family activities celebrating our feathered friends. Interspecies musician David Rothenberg invites you to appreciate the various aesthetics of bird songs by playing to and with them, and Sandbox Percussion performs songbirdsongs by John Luther Adams. The weekend offers a rare chance to meditate on birds and the beauty of nature’s musical gifts.
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“[Pierre-Laurent Aimard] is a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary” — The Wall Street Journal
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
David Rothenberg, clarinet
Emi Ferguson and Catherine Gregory, piccolos
Saturday, July 13
David Rothenberg, clarinet (Free)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano MessiaenCatalogue d’Oiseaux (Pt. 1)
Sunday, July 14
Bird Walks (Free, with reservation)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano MessiaenCatalogue d’Oiseaux (Pt. 2)
Bird Walks (Free, with reservation)
Panel Discussion (Free)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, David Rothenberg, and J. Alan Clark, ornithologist
3:00pm John Luther Adamssongbirdsongs
Sandbox Percussion (Free)
Emi Ferguson and Catherine Gregory, piccolos
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano MessiaenCatalogue d’Oiseaux (Pt. 3)
2:00pm–4:00pm Bring the kids for children’s interactive activities on Sunday provided by Stamford Museum & Nature Center.
Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. Musical visionary and a pioneer artist renowned for his revelatory insights, he was awarded the prestigious 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of a life devoted to the service of music.
Aimard performs throughout the world each season with major orchestras under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Sir Simon Rattle, and Vladimir Jurowski. He has been invited to curate, direct, and perform in a number of residencies, with projects at Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, the Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tanglewood Festival, and London’s Southbank Centre. Aimard was the Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival from 2009 to 2016; his final season was marked by a performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux with the concerts programmed from dawn to midnight.
This season, Aimard continues his three year residency at Southbank Centre, curating a whole weekend dedicated to the music of Stockhausen. A milestone project celebrating the evolution of conventional pianism, Aimard also takes it to the Lucerne and Berlin festivals. As Artist in Residence at the Royal Concertgebouw this season, Aimard tours with the Orchestra to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and to Naples. He is also resident at the Edinburgh International Festival and Konzerthaus Vienna. Other highlights include recitals at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, Messiaen’s complete Catalogue d’oiseaux in Frankfurt, performances of the iconic Goldberg Variations at Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium de Lyon, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich, and at the Palais des Beaux Arts where he is Portrait Artist this season. A recital tour dedicated to classical modernism and centered on the US premiere of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Keyboard Engine, composed for Aimard and Stefanovich, sees the duo perform at Carnegie Hall and in Chicago. Orchestral performances include concerts at Teatro alla Scala with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and a tour of Germany and Belgium with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, to mention but a few.
Born in Lyon in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. Early career landmarks included winning first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition at the age of 16 and being appointed, three years later, by Pierre Boulez to become the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s first solo pianist.
Aimard has had close collaborations with many leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtág, Stockhausen, Carter, Boulez, and George Benjamin. Recent seasons have included the world premieres of Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Responses; Sweet disorder and the carefully careless, as well as Carter’s last piece Epigrams for piano, cello, and violin, which was written for Aimard. Through his professorship at the Hochschule Köln as well as numerous series of concert lectures and workshops worldwide, he sheds an inspiring and very personal light on music of all periods.
During the 2008/09 season Aimard was an Associate Professor at the College de France, Paris and he is a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste. He was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in spring 2005 and was named ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ by Musical America in 2007. In 2015 he launched a major online resource centered on the performance and teaching of Ligeti’s piano music with filmed masterclasses and performances of the Études and other works by Ligeti in collaboration with Klavier-Festival Ruhr. (www.explorethescore.org)
Pierre-Laurent has made many highly successful recordings. In 2017, he signed an exclusive contract with Pentatone records. His first recording of the complete Catalogue d’oiseaux, released in Spring 2018, has been highly praised by critics and audiences worldwide and honored with multiple awards including the prestigious German music critic’s award “Preis der deutsche Schallplattenkritik.” His recent Elliott Carter recording was honored with the BBC Music Magazine Jury Award in 2018. In recent years Pierre-Laurent received a Grammy award in 2005 for his recording of Ives’ Concord Sonata and Songs and he was also presented with Germany’s Schallplattenkritik Honorary Prize in 2009. His recent recording of Murail and Benjamin with the Bayerischer Rundfunk won the 2017 Gramophone award in the Contemporary category.
ECM recording artist David Rothenberg has performed and recorded on clarinet with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Glen Velez, Elliot Sharp, Markus Reuter, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. Most of work has an environmental theme and involves the sounds of nature — live and in the studio. He has twenty CDs out under his own name, including “On the Cliffs of the Heart,” named one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine and “One Dark Night I Left My Silent House,” a duet album with pianist Marilyn Crispell, called “une petite miracle” by Le Monde and named by The Village Voice one of the ten best CDs of 2010. Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing, book and CD, published in seven languages and the subject of a BBC television documentary. He is also the author of numerous other books on music, art, and nature, including Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales, and Survival of the Beautiful, about aesthetics in evolution. His book and CD Bug Music, featuring the sounds of the entomological world, has been featured on PBS News Hour and in the New Yorker. His latest recordings are Cicada Dream Band, Cool Spring, and Berlin Bülbül. Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw-dropping virtuosity,” Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Last season Sandbox Percussion presented 35 performances throughout the United States. During a tour through California they gave the world premiere of Thomas Kotcheff’s percussion quartet not only that one but that one & that too, and were presented on the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA. In collaboration with Ensemble HOWL they gave the world premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances concert series. During the American Music Festival at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY, Sandbox gave the world premiere of a concerto by Viet Cuong entitled Re(new)al along with the Albany Symphony. During the festival they also gave a recital which featured works by American composers Steve Reich, Christopher Cerrone, and David Crowell.
In addition to keeping a busy concert schedule Sandbox has also participated in various masterclasses and coachings at schools such as the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, the University of Southern California, Kansas University, Cornell University, and Furman University. While there they coached students on some of the most pivotal works in the percussion repertoire including Steve Reich’s Drumming, György Ligeti’s, Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel, and John Cage’s Third Construction. These teaching experiences have inspired the quartet to pursue a role of pedagogy and mentorship for today’s young generation of musicians. This season Sandbox Percussion will present the second annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar. This week long seminar invites percussion students from across the globe to rehearse and perform some of today’s leading percussion chamber music repertoire. A culminating performance is held at the iconic Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust.
Most recently has marked the quartet’s growing interest in composition. Last season Jonathan Allen’s Sonata and Victor Caccese’s A Part, Apart were featured on ten separate programs throughout the U.S. Sandbox also worked closely with composer David Crowell on a marimba arrangement of his saxophone sextet, Point Reyes. They gave the world premiere in November 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.
This season Sandbox will collaborate with The Industry, an opera company in Los Angeles, for the world premiere of Galileo, a 90-minute theatre piece by Andy Akiho. Other highlights will include a performance of Jerome Begin’s Wilderness in collaboration with the Brian Brooks Moving Company at Choregus Productions in Tulsa, OK, the first ever percussion quartet concert at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, a performance of Gyorgy Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel with mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis at the Percussion Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN, and a second west coast tour including 11 performances from Seattle to Los Angeles. Sandbox Percussion endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Remo drumheads.
Hailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English-American performer and composer Emi Ferguson stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day musicians. Emi’s unique approach to the flute can be heard in performances that alternate between the Silver Flute, Historical Flutes, and Auxilary Flutes, playing repertoire that stretches from the Renaissance to today.
Emi can be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as a soloist and with groups including AMOC*, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Manhattan Chamber Players, and New Vintage Baroque. She has spoken and performed at several TEDX events and has been featured on media outlets including The Discovery Channel, Vox’s Explained series on Netflix, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Juilliard Digital’s TouchPress apps talking about how music relates to our world today. Her debut album, Amour Cruel, an indie-pop song cycle inspired by the music of the 17th-century French court was released by Arezzo Music in September 2017, spending 4 weeks on the Classical, Classical Crossover, and World Music Billboard Charts. Emi is currently hard at work on her follow-up album — a collaboration with continuo band Ruckus of Bach Sonatas and Preludes due to be released in the Spring of 2019.
Emi was a featured performer alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, and James Taylor at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony of 9/11 at Ground Zero, where her performance of Amazing Grace was televised worldwide. Her performance that day is now part of the permanent collection at the 911 Museum.
Emi is the 1st Prize winner of the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, of the New York Flute Club Young Artist competition, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, and was a recipient of the 2014 Salon de Virtuosi grant.
Emi is passionate about developing new music and has premiered works by many of today’s leading composers. Emi has been a featured performer at the Marlboro Music, Lake Champlain, and Lucerne Festivals, Portland Bach Festival, Bach Virtuosi Festival, June in Buffalo, Twickenham Fest, and Chamberfest Dubuque, and has performed and taught with Juilliard Global in Brazil, pianoSonoma in California, Juilliard Baroque in Germany, and Les Arts Florissants in France and has been featured as a soloist and ambassador for Elliott Carter’s music in China and Japan.
As a Baroque Flutist, in addition to her new appointment as Principal Flute of the Handel and Haydn Society, Emi is a frequent guest artist with period ensembles including Tafelmusik, the American Classical Orchestra, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Juilliard 415. She was the only flutist accepted to Juilliard’s inaugural Historical Performance class, and has performed alongside William Christie and Les Arts Florrisants, and with Christophe Hammer, Massaki Suzuki, Christopher Hogwood, and Nicholas McGegan with whom she was a concerto soloist in Alice Tully Hall and on WQXR, New York City’s classical music station.
Emi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School teaching Ear Training, the Bach Virtuosi Festival, and has taught on the faculty of the University of Buffalo. Emi was the first person to have graduated from Juilliard with Undergraduate and Graduate degrees with Scholastic Distinction in flute performance, as well as a second Graduate degree in Historical Performance as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.
Her principal teachers have been Carol Wincenc, Sandra Miller, Robert Langevin, and Judy Grant. Born in Japan and raised in London and Boston, she now resides in New York City.
Australian flutist Catherine Gregory has built a diverse and accomplished career as a soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician, and teaching artist. The New York Times has called her playing “magically mysterious,” also writing that “Ms. Gregory left a deep impression… her sound rich and fully present.”
Based in New York City, Catherine’s solo engagements have included appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Washington, D.C., and the 10th International Flute Festival of Chile. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and at the Lincoln Center Festival. A sought-after chamber musician, she has been invited to the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, Scrag Mountain Music, Chestnut Hill Concert series, Lyrica Chamber Music, and Summit: Music in the Mountains Chamber Series. Her performances have also been heard live on ABC Classic FM (Australia) as well as WFMT Chicago and WQED Pittsburgh.
Catherine serves as a co-artistic director of Decoda — Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and Resident Ensemble for Creative Performance at the Guildhall School in London. She is also a frequent collaborator with NOVUS NY, Ensemble LPR, the Locrian Chamber Players, NOW Ensemble, ECCE, Riverdale Sinfonietta, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and has been a guest of the Springfield Symphony, the Jupiter Chamber Players, Princeton Symphony, Newspeak, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In Australia, she has been a finalist in the Young Performer’s Awards, playing a live nationally broadcast recital on ABC Classic FM. She has appeared with the Southern Cross Soloists and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as well as on tour with the Paris Opera Ballet and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has played under the batons of such conductors as Harry Bicket, Robert Spano, David Robertson, Susanna Mälkki, and Marin Alsop. Catherine’s repertoire spans from the Baroque to the present day. She has collaborated with such composers as Steve Reich, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and The Brothers Balliett. This season, she commissions a new work for flute and piano from Pulitzer-finalist Timo Andres.
Passionate about education, community outreach, and musical advocacy, Catherine is an alumna of Ensemble ACJW: A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in Partnership with The New York City Department of Education. She is an active member of the Bridge-Arts Ensemble, performing outreach concerts at public schools throughout the Adirondacks, and has held the position of Artist-Lecturer of flute at Moravian College since 2015.
The recipient of numerous awards, Catherine has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Brisbane City Council Emerging Artist’s Fellow, and an American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grantee. She is a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, James Carson Flute Competition, Carnegie Mellon University Baroque and Concerto Competitions, and the Golden Key Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award. She graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (Australia) under the tutelage of Gerhard Mallon. After receiving her Masters degree with High Distinction, which included studies with Sally Walker, Catherine earned her Artist Diploma at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) where she studied with Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser.