This concert celebrates SEA OF REEDS, an album of Gerald Cohen’s music for clarinet and chamber ensemble, which will be released by Navona Records on November 11. The Grneta Ensemble and Jennifer Choi will perform several pieces from the album, and the composer and performers will speak with the audience about the creation of the album. Cohen has developed a special love and affinity for the clarinet in his compositions, especially through working with many superb clarinetists. The performers on this album are the dynamic members of the Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets, and Alexandra Joan, piano), together with the superb string players Jennifer Choi and Maria Lambros. The three members of the Grneta Ensemble share an Eastern European heritage and a love of folk and improvised music, and have been particularly devoted to Cohen’s chamber music. Cohen’s compositions explore the clarinet’s colorful personality with his particular combination of classical, Jewish, and jazz influences. Variously Blue is a vibrant group of variations on a 12-bar blues pattern, highlighting an interplay between jazz and concert music; the title collection Sea of Reeds arranges five of Cohen’s Jewish vocal works, turning them into virtuosic clarinet showpieces. Yedid Nefesh, based on a delicate Sephardic song, explores both meditative and exuberant aspects of that melody, while the wide-ranging variations of Grneta Variations take advantage of the wonderful virtuosity and unique musical personalities of the three musicians of the Grneta Ensemble.
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