A Sure Affinity
Jocelyn Swigger plays
American piano music -
'... bold dissonances, conveyed with commanding assurance.'
What fun! This seriously entertaining programme encompasses early ragtime of Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (also known as Jelly Roll Morton, 1885-1941) and minimalist John Adams' China Gates (1977-78), 'oscillating', says Adams, 'between two modal worlds'.
Swigger's mix is enlivened further with Samuel Barber's first published solo piano piece, Excursions, Op 20: quintessential American idioms with a contemporary technical vocabulary.
Jocelyn Anne Kovaleski Swigger has degrees in piano and English from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory. Her masters in piano performance, pedagogy of theory and a doctorate (musical arts) are from Eastman School of Music...
Copyright © 7 September 2011
Masterton, New Zealand