Jesse Jones: persona mechanica
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PERSONA MECHANICA (preview performance)
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.
Persona Mechanica (1st rehearsal/piano read through), Mvmn’t I Excerpt
My new piano concerto, Persona Mechanica, is finished! After months of work, I’m so excited to finally hear the piano part in the able hands of Xak Bjerken.
The week of July 18th, Jesse and I will collaborate on Persona Mechanica at the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative in New Hampshire
Concerto for Piano and Sinfonietta: persona mechanica
Jesse Jones’ music straddles two worlds: his ensemble works display a structural clarity and textural complexity that is modernist in spirit, yet his own background as a pianist reveals a Romantic spirit of lyricism, sonorous sensuality, and gestural freedom at his “home instrument.” In persona mechanica, he will explore that overlapping paradoxical grid that is the keyboard: the mechanical/digital brilliance of its on/off nature, filtered through an exploration of the refined, vocally inflected qualities that are not inherent to the instrument. This duality of the fingertip’s ability to strike and stroke is at the core of the compositional sound world: the tone-poet must endow the machine with a soul.
This commission is part of a project premiering and recording three works for piano and sinfonietta by Grammy-winner Stephen Hartke, Rome Prize- and Guggenheim-winner Jesse Jones, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek. Conductor Tim Weiss, director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Oberlin, has been given a grant to record all three works, to be distributed by Naxos.
My premiere recording of Hartke’s Piano Sonata
Tim Weiss conducting the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Start and End Dates
03/15/2017 — 12/15/2017