P E R S O N A M E C H A N I C A, jj.57
a concerto for solo piano & chamber orchestra
In preparation for the world premiere, Xak Bjerken previewed Persona Mechanica with Chris Younghoon Kim (conductor) and Ensemble X in Ithaca, New York.
The work unfolds in three contrasting movements:
I. Giocosa, a playful episode where the machine gradually takes shape and explores different personae.
II. Dolente, a plaintive yet loving tribute to my late teacher and mentor, composer Steven Stucky.
III. Gioiosa, a joyful and virtuoso romp with all manner of finger-twisting fun for soloist and orchestra alike.
Stay tuned for pictures and audio from the World Premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia!
Persona Mechanica was supported by New Music USA.