Shaw Pong Liu, Violinist and Composer, with Leo Eguchi, Cello, at the Loring-Greenough House
March 17, 2013
Sunday March 17, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.,Shaw Pong Liu, Violinist and Composer, with Leo Eguchi, Cello will present One to Three, a program that explores the world of solos and duets, with a twist of trio, at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St, Jamaica Plain MA, as part of the Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House parlor concert series.
From solo violin musings on sunrises and birds, to succinct and entrancing duets for cimbalom and violin, to luscious, Hungarian folk-influenced Kodaly duo for cello and violin, the program will explore the world of solos and duets, with a twist of trio. Savoring traditional repertoire favorites, interwoven with improvisation and new compositions, Shaw Pong Liu, violinist and composer, performs with Nick Tolle on cimbalom (traditional Hungarian hammered dulcimer) and cellist Leo Eguchi. The program will include works by Ysaye, Kurtag, Kodaly and Liu.
Meet the Shaw Pong and Leo at afternoon tea following the program.
Violinist Shaw Pong Liu seeks to engage diverse communities with creative music and social dialogue by innovating the audience experience of live music. Collaborating with artists from a wide range of disciplines, Shaw Pong creates genre-defying performances which interplay written and improvised music with narration, storytelling and movement.
Her current project, A Bird a Day, is a daily creative exploration of dawns, birds, and music. Recent productions include Soldiers' Tales Untold, a musical-narrative production mixing veterans’ stories, music, and audience dialogue about the long-term costs of war; Of a River, a live performance-installation transforming a three-story glass atrium with five dancers, six musicians, and 600 yards of silk in Dayton, OH; and The Ligeti Project, a series of performances with improvising string quartet unraveling the music of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.
A native Californian, Shaw Pong is currently based in Boston, where she performs amplified and looped violin with young poets in the urban hip-hop slam poetry production, "ARTiculation" and regularly appears as guest soloist with MIT's Ensemble Robot and Gamelan GalakTika. Her classical performances include Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a Masters in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Shaw Pong is the recipient of the Eisner Prize, the Hertz Travelling Fellowship, and was 2008 and 2011 Artist-in-Residence and 2010 Program Director at the Blue Sky Project.
Cellist Leo Eguchi enjoys a very active and multi-faceted performance schedule. In addition to Camerata New England, he can be heard as a founding member of the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, principal cellist of the New Bedford Symphony, a member of the Portland Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, as well as in frequent appearances with the Boston Pops Esplanade, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Boston Lyric Opera Orchestras. A strong advocate of new music, Eguchi has premiered pieces by and worked closely with many notable composers, including William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, George Crumb, Lukas Foss, Joan Tower, Ken Ueno, and Michael Daugherty, and often performs with contemporary music groups such as Xanthos Ensemble, Brave New Works, Firebird Ensemble, White Rabbit Ensemble, and ALEA III. Steve Smith of the The New York Times recently raved about a concert featuring Leo Eguchi, "… in the hands of musicians so copiously skilled and confident, this undeniably challenging music had genuine appeal."
Eguchi also loves to play chamber music: he was a founding member of the Lunaire String Quartet and often performs with groups such as Chameleon Arts Ensemble and the Walden Chamber Players. Other recent chamber music highlights include performances with Ron Patterson (former concertmaster of Monte-Carlo, Houston symphonies, as well as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra) and Malcolm Stewart (concertmaster, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, leader laureate of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), and participation in the Educational Bridge program, an exchange tour of Moscow, and collaboration with Russian musicians. Eguchi can also be heard on stages ranging from intimate klezmer ensembles to stadium rock shows.
A native of Michigan, Leo Eguchi began his cello studies at the age of 12 with Eva Ell and Louis Potter Jr. He holds bachelor’s degrees with honors in physics and in cello performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied cello with Anthony Elliott, and a master’s degree from Boston University, where he was a student of George Neikrug and recipient of the string department award for excellence. Eguchi has performed in master classes for such cello giants as Janos Starker, David Soyer, Ronald Leonard, and Leslie Parnas.
The Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House series, now in its 13th season, recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century “musical afternoons” in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House, twice monthly, October to May. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors, students and JPTC members). Space is limited; reservations are suggested—call 617-524-3158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Built in 1760, the Loring-Greenough House, a local landmark listed on the Massachusetts and National Registers of Historic Places, is located at 12 South Street (at the Civil War Monument) in Jamaica Plain, MA. It is owned and managed by the non-profit Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Inc. as a historic house museum and site for art and music presentations. The Loring-Greenough House is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the Loring-Greenough House, see www.loring-greenough.org.
For reservations or directions, call (617)524-3158, or email email@example.com.
Upcoming concerts in this series:
Sunday, April 7: Orlando Cela, flute
Sunday, April 21: Judith Conrad, Harpsichord, and the Delight Consort:
Sundat, May 5: The Alturas Duo