News

Summer 2014

Concerto No. 2 in Brazil. A revised version of Zimmerli’s Concerto #2 for Piano, Jazz Percussion, and Orchestra will be performed on September 10, 2014 at Sala São Paolo, one of Latin America’s most prestigious and beautiful concert halls. The piece will be performed by the magnificent Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky, as well as percussionist Sergio Reze. Zimmerli will lead the orchestra, and play arrangements on the second half on saxophone. The performance will come just ten days after Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays perform Modern Music in the same hall. See attend page for details.

Signs of Life. Zimmerli recently completed “Signs of Life,” a new piece for young French jazz pianist Thomas Enhco and classical marimba/percussion phenom Vassilena Serafimova. The work, in three movements, will be premiered at the Marimba and Percussion Festival in Pleven, Bulgaria on July 5. Zimmerli will also give a masterclass at the festival.

Aspects of Darkness and Light Premiere at Wigmore. Zimmerli’s “Aspects of Darkness and Light,” was premiered on April 24, 2014 at London’s Wigmore Hall. Eight of the ten members of the work Seattle Commissioning Club were present for the evening-length concert, which was reviewed in the Financial Times here.

Walking Shadows performances announced at Northsea and Caramoor. Joshua Redman will be performing the music from Walking Shadows at the Northsea Jazz Festival and at Caramoor. See attend page for details.

Spring 2014

Aspects of Darkness and Light Complete. Zimmerli’s “Aspects of Darkness and Light,” an evening-length work featuring Joshua Redman, the Escher String Quartet, bassist Scott Colley, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, taking its inspiration from light in all its forms, is complete. The epic work, written over two years, in 19 sections, and at around 90 minutes, is among Zimmerli’s largest creations. It is designed as a “book” for the ensemble, which is modular and can be performed in part or in full, and includes improvisation, so that its character will change from performance to performance. The music will first be heard on April 24, 2014 at London’s Wigmore Hall, with the ensemble led by Zimmerli himself. The work was commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Club from Seattle, Washington.

Brown 250th Anniversary Commission Complete. Zimmerli’s commission for symphonic band in honor of Brown University’s 250th Anniversary is complete. The piece, which incorporates a turn-of-the-century school song, will be premiered at the opening ceremony on March 7, 2014 at Brown’s Solomon Hall. See attend page for details.

Zimmerli Feature in France Zimmerli was recently featured again in the French press, in the new lifestyle magazine Pleuris . The article, which discusses Zimmerli’s latest projects as well as his outlook on contemporary musical life and new audiences for classical music and jazz, can be read free of charge by subscribers to the website.

Kol Nidre Sonata Review in Cleveland Brian Thornton’s new CD received an excellent review at clevelandclassical.com. The reviewer singled out Zimmerli’s sonata, a five-movement work based on the Kol Nidre, as “…perhaps the most fascinating piece on the album: Patrick Zimmerli’s Sonata…here the subject is the Hebrew prayer Kol Nidrei, which Zimmerli took pains to analyze both as a confessional prayer and in its various settings in classical music. During the course of the sonata, the tune is never far from the surface, even when deconstructed and tossed about over pizzicatos in the third movement. Immediately attractive, Zimmerli’s Sonata is not only the central piece on this album but also a major contribution to the literature for unaccompanied cello. Thornton puts it across masterfully…” Read the full review here.

Sappho Premiere A Success. Zimmerli’s song cycle on poems of the Greek poet Sappho was premiered in October at Wigmore Hall in London, with multiple Grammy-award-winning singer Luciana Souza, veteran Gary Versace on piano and Zimmerli on saxophone. The concert was a great success and plans are underway for further performances of the cycle for the 2014-15 concert season. Stay tuned for details.

Fall 2013

Sappho Cycle Complete. Zimmerli has completed his song cycle based on the poems of the Greek poet Sappho. The work, containing 23 short songs, is a meditation on Desire in all its forms, experienced over the cycle of a lifetime. It was written for singer Luciana Souza, with Gary Versace on piano and Zimmerli on saxophone. The piece is currently in rehearsal and will be premiered on October 6, 2013 at Wigmore Hall in London. See attend page for details.

Sappho Interview Published. An in-depth conversation between French writer Matthieu Gosztola and Zimmerli about the upcoming Sappho Premiere has been published in La Cause Littéraire, a literary revue based in Paris. The discussion is in both French and English.

Brown 250th Anniversary Commission. Zimmerli has been awarded a commission for symphonic band as part of a yearlong celebration of Brown University’s 250th Anniversary. The piece will be premiered at the opening ceremony on March 7, 2014 at Brown’s Solomon Hall. See attend page for details.

Aspects of Darkness and Light. Zimmerli’s “Aspects of Darkness and Light,” an evening-length work featuring Joshua Redman, the Escher String Quartet, bassist Scott Colley, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, taking its inspiration from light in all its forms, is nearing completion. The epic, multi-movement work will first be heard on April 24, 2014 at London’s Wigmore Hall. The work was commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Club from Seattle, Washington.

A Magical Evening in San Luis Obispo. Zimmerli’s Quintet “Parisian Memories, Parisian Dreams,” for Classical Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, was premiered at the gala opening-night dinner for patrons of the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo in July. Taking place at a beautiful home nestled in San Luis Obispo’s mountains, the piece is a meditation on the American Idea of Paris, in fantasy and reality. It was written for saxophonist Robert Caron, who spent his student years in Paris. In seven movements, the 35-minute long work features extended solos for each instrument, and all the players– Mr. Caron on saxophone, Scott Yoo on violin, Hari Bernstein on viola, Lynn Kabot on cello, and Or Matias– delivered outstanding, passionate and brave performances. The afterparty featured champagne and smores, a perfect end to a perfect evening.

Crazy Quilt Concert Version Premieres at Bravo! Vail. Zimmerli wrote a concert version of Crazy Quilt, the piece for two pianos written for Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays and recorded on “Modern Music.” The concert version was premiered by classical pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Steven Prutsman at the Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colorado, to an enthusiastic reception. The duo will reprise the piece in 2014 in San Diego.

Summer 2013

Sappho Cycle at Wigmore Hall. Zimmerli is currently writing a song cycle based on the poems of the Greek poet Sappho. The work, featuring Luciana Souza on vocals, Gary Versace on piano and Zimmerli on saxophone, will be premiered on October 6, 2013 at Wigmore Hall in London.

Joshua Redman at Town Hall. Zimmerli’s Walking Shadows arrangements for Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade and the Knights Orchestra were premiered on June 4 at Town Hall in New York. The New York Times singled out Zimmerli’s music as “romantic but artfully tense,” fostering an “impressive blend” between the jazz quartet and the classical orchestra. More tour dates to be announced soon.

Walking Shadows Released. Joshua Redman’s new orchestral project, featuring arrangements by Zimmerli, was recently released on Nonesuch. Hailed as an “unmitigated triumph,” Walking Shadows has spent nearly two months on the Amazon Top 100 Jazz Best Sellers List.

Patrick Zimmerli on YOUTUBE A number of Zimmerli’s works, including previously unreleased material, have recently been put up on YOUTUBE. Soon to come are cuts of Zimmerli’s early work on tenor saxophone! Please visit the links and drop a comment:
Festival Overture, for full orchestra
Piano Concerto #2, fourth movement
Trio#1:
Trio #1, first movement
Trio #1, second movement
Trio #1, third movement
Trio #1, fourth movement
Trio #2:
Trio #2, first movement
Trio #2, second movement
Trio #2, third movement
Trio #2, fourth movement
Songs Without Words, for Solo Piano:
Song Without Words #1
Song Without Words #3

Spring 2013

“Modern Music” Sold out at Salle Pleyel. The Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays concert at Salle Pleyel in Paris, where they will be playing compositions and arrangements from their collaboration with Zimmerli, is sold out. With concerts at the Konzerthaus Großer Zaal in Vienna and in Zurich, Switzerland as well as the UK and Croatia, a new show has been added at the Casa De Musica in Porto, Portugal. See Attend page for more information.

Wigmore Hall Premiere. Zimmerli’s “Aspects of Darkness and Light,” an evening-length work featuring Joshua Redman, the Escher String Quartet, bassist Scott Colley, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, will take place on April 24, 2014. The work was commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Club from Seattle, Washington.

A Wedding– and Choral Music– in Paris! Zimmerli has written music for Chorus, Organ, and vocal soloists to be performed at his marriage at Eglise Saint Clotilde in Paris. The ceremony will take place on April 27, 2013, featuring the organist Olivier Penin and “directed” by his wife-to-be, Mirabelle Ordinaire.

Quintet Premiere in California. Zimmerli’s new quintet for Classical Saxophone, String Trio, and Piano will be premiered at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, Calfornia, on July 16, 2013. Details on the attend page.

Sonata For Solo Cello to be released. Zimmerli’s Sonata for Solo Cello, based on the Kol Nidre, has been recorded by Brian Thornton, for whom it was written. It is scheduled for May 15 release on the Telarc Label, and will be premiered as part of the Lev Aronson Festival at SMU in Texas (see attend page for details).

Winter 2012

Joshua Redman mix. Mix is underway for Joshua Redman’s new orchestral project for Nonesuch, featuring Josh Redman, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, at Avatar Studios. The project is scheduled for release in early 2013, with tour dates to be announced soon.

“Modern Music” Tour dates added. Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays have added dates to their scheduled appearence at Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Konzerthaus Großer Zaal in Vienna. Concerts will take place in Zurich, Switzerland as well as the UK and Croatia. See Attend page for more information. Mehldau and Hays released a CD of Zimmerli’s compositions and arrangements last year on Nonesuch to critical acclaim.

New Quintet Commission Completed. Zimmerli has just finished his new quintet for Classical Saxophone, String Trio, and Piano. Written for alto saxophonist Robert Caron, the piece, subtitled “Parisian Memories, Parisian Dreams,” is a tribute to the City of Light, where Zimmerli resides part-time. The piece has five central movements surrounded by a framing waltz, which is introduced by the solo saxophone and ends the piece with the full ensemble. The piece is a rumination on memory and the evocation of time and place, and how those things themselves change over time. Performances are scheduled in San Luis Obispo and Vancouver, Canada– time and dates to be announced soon.

Fall 2012

Zimmerli at Wigmore Hall. The Axis Saxophone Quartet, featuring jazz saxophonists Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, and Chris Cheek, made their Paris debut in June, premiering Zimmerli’s “Fourline” for four saxophones at Cite de la Musique. They will premiere the revised version of the piece at London’s Wigmore Hall on November 2.

Nonesuch Recording in September. Zimmerli’s work for Joshua Redman’s new orchestral project for Nonesuch, featuring Josh Redman, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, and orchestra, will be recorded at Avatar Studios in New York in late September. Brad Mehldau is also chipping in arrangements, along with Dan Coleman, who will lead the sessions. The project is scheduled for release in early 2013, with tour dates to be announced soon.

“Modern Music” at Salle Pleyel . Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays released a CD of Zimmerli’s compositions and arrangements last year on Nonesuch to critical acclaim. They will be playing the music from the CD at Paris’ Salle Pleyel on February 23, 2013. See the attend page for more information.

“Cello Sonata” on Telarc . Brian Thornton will be recording Zimmerli’s Sonata “Kol Nidre” for Solo Cello on Telarc Recordings. The piece, in five movements, is centered on Jewish Folk Themes, and was commissioned as part of a project honoring Thornton’s teacher and Holocaust survivor Lev Aronson. Thornton will be playing the piece in the US and Japan in the 2012-13 season; details will be posted on the attend page soon.

Festival Mozaic Commission Nearing Completion. Zimmerli is hard at work on his quintet for alto saxophonist Robert Caron, Scott Yoo on Violin, Juan Miguel Hernandez on Viola, Lynn Kabat on Cello, and Orion Weiss on Piano. Performances are scheduled in San Luis Obispo and Vancouver, Canada– details to follow soon.

New Project with cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper. Zimmerli has written two arrangements for Kristina Reiko Cooper’s new project featuring 24-year-old phenom Or Matias on piano and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion. The project, entitled Love Songs from Around the World, will begin showcases this fall with performances and recording to happen in 2013. Zimmerli has written a Le Minimalisme Hot arrangement of Manha de Carnival, as well as a reflective take on the Spanish chestnut Amapola.

Summer 2012

Zimmerli at Cite de la Musique. The Axis Saxophone Quartet, featuring jazz saxophonists Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, and Chris Cheek, made their Paris debut in June, and premiered Zimmerli’s “Fourline” for four saxophones. Future performances are planned for the Northsea Jazz Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Work on new project for Nonesuch. Zimmerli is writing for a new orchestral project for Nonesuch, featuring Josh Redman, Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, and orchestra. The project is scheduled for release in early 2013.

“Modern Music” Tour Dates announced . Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays will be taking the Modern Music project on the road in February 2013, with including the Vienna Grosses Konzertzaal and ending at Paris’ prestigious Salle Pleyel. See the tour page for more information.

Spring 2012

“Modern Music” reviewed in the Sunday New York Times. “Mehldau and Hays ‘bring a high sheen to some choice material,’ writes Times music critic Nate Chinen. ‘What sticks out is the feverish concentration of the whole enterprise,’ as does the idea ‘that it’s all music, flowing heedlessly across the boundaries of style… Mr. Zimmerli is responsible for the album’s stern, ingenious arrangements….”

Modern Music inside the NewMusicBox. “Modern Music” received a very insightful and thought-provoking review at NewMusicBox.org. The 10-year-old e-zine is an invaluable source of information for everyone in the contemporary music world; the review was written by its founding editor and ultimate new-music connoisseur Frank J. Oteri. Read the review here.

New Project with Joshua Redman. Zimmerli is teaming up with saxophone legend Joshua Redman on a new evening-length work for Saxophone, String Quartet, Bass, and Percussion. The work will be premiered in Fall 2013 at Wigmore Hall, London. Current lineup includes the Escher String Quartet, bassist Larry Grenadier, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

New Commission from Festival Mozaic. Zimmerli has been commissioned to write a piece for alto saxophonist Robert Caron for the 2012 Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. The piece, a quintet which will also feature Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, was commissioned by former festival director Curtis Pendleton. Performances are scheduled in San Luis Obispo and Vancouver, Canada.

Zimmerli at Ravinia. Patrick Zimmerli’s Trio #1 for Violin, Cello, and Piano, was played at Ravinia’s annual board meeting by the Lincoln Trio. The Lincoln will also play the piece in Chicago in April.

Zimmerli awarded the Seattle Commissioning Club 2013 Commission. The Seattle Commissioning Club, a group that supports composers, has awarded Zimmerli their 2013 Commission for his forthcoming work for Joshua Redman with Strings and Percussion.

Lorca project debuts in New York. Zimmerli will musical-direct a show based on the poems Federico Garcia Lorca wrote while in New York. The show will feature dancers and actors as well as a cross between flamenco and jazz styles of music. See attend page for details.

At work on a “Five Laments” for Solo Cello. Zimmerli is currently working on his commission from Brian Thornton, cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra. The third movement of the piece will be based on the “Kol Nidre.” The work will be recorded in September and toured in the Fall season, with concerts in Cleveland, New York, Japan, and elsewhere.

Chicago residency continues.
Zimmerli’s residency continues in Music at the Loft in Chicago with a premiere of his “Introduction and Allegro” for piano duo.

Saxophone Quartets at Cite de la Musique. saxophonists Joshua Redman, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, and Chris Cheek have come together to form a saxophone quartet. The group has asked Patrick Zimmerli to write for them and will play his works at Cite de la Musique in Paris in June and at London’s Wigmore Hall in November.

Fall 2011

“Modern Music” reviewed in the Sunday New York Times. “Mehldau and Hays ‘bring a high sheen to some choice material,’ writes Times music critic Nate Chinen. ‘What sticks out is the feverish concentration of the whole enterprise,’ as does the idea ‘that it’s all music, flowing heedlessly across the boundaries of style… Mr. Zimmerli is responsible for the album’s stern, ingenious arrangements….”

Modern Music inside the NewMusicBox. “Modern Music” received a very insightful and thought-provoking review at NewMusicBox.org. The 10-year-old e-zine is an invaluable source of information for everyone in the contemporary music world; the review was written by its founding editor and ultimate new-music connoisseur Frank J. Oteri. Read the review here.

Modern Music released to rave reviews! “Modern Music,” a CD featuring Zimmerli’s collaboration with Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays was released on September 20, 2011. The CD features four Zimmerli originals as well as three of his arrangements and compositions by Brad and Kevin. Read the Nonesuch Journal Entry here.

New Commissions. Among Zimmerli’s new commissions is a piece for solo cello commissioned by Cleveland Orchestra cello virtuoso Brian Thornton. The work, which will explore the lyrical side of the cello, is scheduled for performances in Japan and the US beginning in Spring 2012.

Read more reviews from Allmusic.com, The Financial Times, MusicOMH and The Guardian.

The Light Guitar hits the streets on Naxos Records. Concurrent with the release on Nonesuch, violinist Timothy Fain’s performance of the solo violin piece Zimmerli wrote for him, The Light Guitar, is out on a CD of American Music for the Naxos label that was released on August 30. Read more here.

Kevin Hays: Variations forthcoming. Hays’ solo disc Variations, on which Zimmerli served as producer as well as editing and devising the structure, will be released later in the fall on Pirouet Records. The CD, featuring thematically intertwined improvisations, is a unique combination of an improviser’s spirit and a composer’s sensibility.

Chicago Residency. This season Zimmerli commences his term as Composer in Residence of Music in the Loft, an innovative chamber music series in Chicago. There will be performances of his String Quartet, his Piano Trio #1, and the premiere of his commissioned piece for piano four hands, Introduction and Allegro. See attend page for details.

Summer Premieres. Two new pieces were performed for the first time this summer: Festival Overture, an orchestral piece for the Colorado Music Festival, which can be heard here (click on “Festival” at left, then “CLICK” in the pulldown menu, and then “2010 CLICK winner: Patrick Zimmerli” on the page that comes up); and an elaborate, 35-minute Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Percussion, which was given a stunning performance at San Luis Obispo’s Festival Mozaic by Artistic Director Scott Yoo, Juan Miguel Hernandez, Lynn Kabat, Orion Weiss, and Satoshi Takeishi. Both works were greeted with standing ovations from the audience.

New Projects. Zimmerli has many new projects in development. Stay tuned here for upcoming announcements…

Summer 2011

Modern Music to be released on Nonesuch Records. Zimmerli’s two-piano project, featuring Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays, will be released on Nonesuch Recordings in the late summer.

The Light Guitar to be released on Naxos Records. Concurrent with the release on Nonesuch, violinist Timothy Fain is releasing the solo violin piece Zimmerli wrote for him, The Light Guitar, on a CD of American Music for the Naxos label. The recording, which is scheduled for late August released, was produced by legendary Sony producer Steve Epstein.

Quintet nearing completion. Zimmerli has nearly completed his Quintet for Piano, Viola, Violin, Cello, and Jazz Percussion, a piece written for Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo California. The brainchild of festival director Scott Yoo, the piece will be premiered on July 22, with a brilliant ensemble featuring Mr. Yoo on violin; pianist Orion Weiss; violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez; cellist Lynn Kabat; and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. The premiere is part of a mini-residency in which Zimmerli will also perform some of his arrangements on saxophone with festival musicians.

Festival Overture complete. Zimmerli has finished his Festival Overture, a piece written for the Colorado Music Festival in fulfillment of its CLICK commission. The piece will be performed on June 30 and July 1 in Boulder, Colorado with the composer in attendance.

Carnegie Hall Premiere a success. Jazz Pianist Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays played two pieces by Zimmerli, “Modern Music” and “Generatrix,” at Carnegie Hall in March. The sold-out concert was a great success, and the pieces were reviewed as “hypnotic and ultracontemporary” (Modern Music) with “virtuoso touches” (Generatrix).

Spring 2011

Carnegie Hall Premiere. Jazz Pianist Brad Mehldau will be premiering a piece written by Zimmerli for him and jazz pianist Kevin Hays at Carnegie Hall in March of 2011. The performance will be part of Mehldau’s residency at the hall, the first ever such residency by a jazz musician.

Production Complete on Modern Music. In October Zimmerli, Hays, and Mehldau went to Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass, one of the best acoustic spaces in the country, to record. In addition to originals by Hays, Mehldau, and Zimmerli, the two pianists, produced by Zimmerli, recorded arrangements of works by Steve Reich, Richard Strauss, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Henryk Gorecki, and Ornette Coleman, which featured improvisation. Legendary engineer Tom Lazarus got an unbelievable sound on the two matching Hamburg Steinways. More details regarding the release coming soon.

Work on Kevin Hays Solo Recording. On the strength of the work on the two-piano project, Kevin Hays has engaged Zimmerli to co-produce his newest solo piano recording. Hays and Zimmerli, along with German saxophonist/producer Jason Seizer, spent two days recording in Bennett Studios in New Jersey. The CD, featuring thematically intertwined improvisations, will come out in late spring on the Pirouet label, of which Seizer is artistic director.

Stone and Steel Tour dates announced. Stone and Steel, the project featuring cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and percussionist Satoshi Takeish, for which Zimmerli wrote, produced, and arranged, will be touring in NY and the west coast in March. See attend page for more details.

Quintet Commission from Festival Mozaic. Zimmerli has been commissioned by the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, to write a quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello, and percussion. The quintet will be another extended integration between jazz and classical mediums. Among the performers will be violinist Scott Yoo, pianist John Novacek, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. See attend page for more details.

Colorado Music Festival lineup announced. The Colorado Music Festival has announced its summer lineup. Along with Zimmerli’s premiere there will be performances by pianist Marcus Roberts as well as violinists James Ehnes and Karen Gomyo.

Carnegie Hall Pre-concert Talk. Zimmerli will give a pre-concert talk before his premiere on March 11, along with composer Timothy Andres. Time tba.

A Clarinet Trio. Zimmerli is currently writing a trio for clarinet, piano, and percussion for his college clarinet teacher, the great virtuoso Allen Blustine. Also featured will be Zimmerli’s longtime collaborator the percussionist .Satoshi Takeishi.

Fall 2010

Zimmerli Wins People’s Commission. Zimmerli has been declared winner of the “People’s Commission,” a new commissioning program at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder where Festivalgoers voted among four composers to write a piece for orchestra for the 2011 Festival. The very strong field included Behzad Ranjbaran, Jay Greenberg, and Enrico Chapela. Zimmerli’s new work will be performed by the festival orchestra led by conductor Michael Christie next June.

Introduction and Allegro Complete. Zimmerli has completed a piece for piano fourhands to receive its official premiere at the Chicago-based chamber music series Music in the Loft in January 2012 (see Summer 2010 below). Look out for some advance performances by the Belsky-Maxwell duo in the Boston and Chicago area in the coming months.

Summer 2010

Zimmerli Featured in Denver Post. Zimmerli has been selected as one of four composers to participate in an innovative composer’s competition at the Colorado Music Festival. A story about the competition and the festival is here. If you’re feeling generous, please click and vote!

Residency. Zimmerli has been named 2011 Composer in Residence of Music in the Loft, an innovative chamber music series in Chicago. Included is a commission for a piece for piano four hands, as well as performances of the Piano Trio #1, American Spiritual for String Quartet, and other works.

Piano Quartet Commission. Zimmerli has just been awarded a new commission by the Seattle Commissioning Club, for a Piano Quartet for the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo. The piece is scheduled for the summer 2011 festival, more details to follow.

Sitar/Cello Concerto Premieres. The Kuveni Concerto received its premiere in late May outside Berlin, Germany, to an extended ovation. Master Sitarist Pradeep Ratnayake and Cellist Ramon Jaffe played the solo parts. A small ensemble concert featuring Ratnayake, Jaffe, and Zimmerli on saxophone was also well received. Repeat concerts are being planned in Berlin and elsewhere for 2011, stay tuned.

Emergence CD to be released. Emergence, the fruit of five years of labor and involving some of the finest young classical and jazz musicians working today, is finally going to be released. Big Round records, a new jazz imprint distributed by Naxos and associated with the Navona label which features musicians such as Richard Stolzman and Glenn Dicterow, has shown a strong enthusiasm for the music and will release it as one of their flagship recordings on the new jazz imprint. Look for the CD in Fall of 2010.

Spring 2010

Collaborative Concerto. Zimmerli is working on a new concerto for sitar, saxophone, and orchestra with Sri Lankan sitar master Pradeep Ratnayake. Ratnayake, steeped in the Indian Classical tradition and looking to extend that tradition and bring it into the future, met Zimmerli at Columbia where he is on a Fulbright this year. The concerto will be performed in Berlin this May and in Colombo in 2011.

Trio Premieres in Tucson. The trio received its premiere at the Tucson Chamber Music Festival, in a wonderful performance and to general enthusiasm. Many thanks to the festival’s organizers, Jean-Paul Bierny and Peter Rejto, for making the event such a success.

Trio Complete. Zimmerli’s new Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp is complete. The piece, commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, is in three movements, and will receive its premiere on March 14, 2010 in Tuscon, with Flutist Carol Wincenc, Violist Roger Chase, and Harpist Katerina Englichova.

A bouquet of Jacques Prevert settings. Zimmerli has just completed a collection of settings of poems of Jacques Prevert, 20th-century French writer most famous for his lyrics for “Les Feuilles Mortes” (aka Autumn Leaves), and his screenplay for the beautiful Marcel Carne film Les Enfants du Paradis. Inspired by the simple line paintings of Matisse on display at the Matisse Chapel in Vence, the Prevert settings are an investigation of musical line, written for unaccompanied soprano voice. Parts of the work are scheduled to be premiered by soprano Susanna Phillips in the spring, more details soon.

Piano Trio #1 to be played in California. On the strength of the Trio #2’s reception, the Piano Trio #1 is scheduled to be performed at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo this summer. See Attend page for details.

Summer 2009

A New Trio is Born. Work is underway on Zimmerli’s new Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp. The piece, commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, will receive its premiere on March 14, 2010 in Tuscon. The piece is expected to be complete by early September.

Tim Fain to record The Light Guitar for Naxos. Violinist Tim Fain is recording the solo violin piece written for him, The Light Guitar, on a CD of American Music for the Naxos label. The recording, which is scheduled for late August, will be produced by legendary Sony producer Steve Epstein.

Stone and Steel debuts in Finland. Stone and Steel, for Cello, Piano, and Percussion, received its European premiere in Finland, thanks to cellist Tomas Djupsjöbacka. The performance marks the first time Zimmerli’s music has ever been played in Finland.

Piano Trio #2 receives standing ovation in San Luis Obispo. Violinist Scott Yoo, Cellist Bion Tsang, and Pianist John Novacek recently performed Zimmerli’s Piano Trio #2 at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo. The piece, which concluded the program, received an electrifying performance and was a highlight of the festival.

Symphony Premiere in Colorado. Zimmerli’s first symphony was premiered on June 16 at the Cornerstone Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The piece, entitled Light, Color, Line, Symbol, was based on architectural works by Santiago Calatrava, Steven Holl, Tadao Ando and Antoine Predock. The premiere, featuring the festival orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, was accompanied by a live veejay presentation by Dakin Henderson, who compiled a set of images of the buildings to accompany the music, manipulated in real time. Concurrent with the premiere was an exhibition on music and architecture in the IDEA space, curated by Daisy McConnell and with selections of music based on architecture by Zimmerli. The event was a multimedia extravaganza, with a wonderful performance and an enthusiastic reception from the audience.

Three Romances Premiere. The Three Romances for Violin and Piano, begun in 2005 and completed in early 2008, was finally performed as a set for the first time, by the wonderful musicians for whom the piece was written, pianist Simone Ferraresi and violinist Kristin Lee. See Attend for full details.

Spring 2009

Chamber Symphony Complete. Patrick Zimmerli finished his Chamber Symphony on December 31, 2008. The four-movement, thirty-minute piece received its premiere on March 19th from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Scott Yoo, with a repeat performance on March 21. The performance was exhilarating, with virtuosic playing from all the St. Paul musicians and an intense finish under Maestro Yoo’s incredibly charged direction. There was a lot of enthusiasm about the piece, everyone is hoping for a repeat performance.

Yoshitoshi’s Ghost in NYC. Zimmerli appeared with the Columbia Jazz Composers’ Collective in a concert on February 27, 2009 at Miller Theater. Zimmerli was the featured saxophone soloist on his big band piece Yoshitoshi’s Ghost, which was written in 2003 in fulfillment of that year’s Gil Evans Commission.

Spectres. Spectres, Zimmerli’s new large-scale, multimovement work for solo viola received its premiere in Quito, Ecuador this winter. It was written for Viola virtuoso and new music champion Brett Deubner, who will give the piece its New York premiere on May 8, 2009 at Christ & St. Stephens Church on the Upper West Side.

Management. Zimmerli has signed on with Standing Ovation Arts. The North-Carolina-based agency features some of today’s most exciting up-and-coming performers. They will represent Zimmerli’s ensemble Emergence and its smaller variations, as well as representing Zimmerli as composer.

Publishing. Second Floor Music, a subsidiary of Boosey and Hawkes, will publish Zimmerli’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano, as well as several solo piano pieces and mixed ensemble works.

Current Projects. In between finalizing recording plans for Modern Music, working on his new ensemble, and fulfilling his Colorado College orchestral commission (see Fall 2008 below), Zimmerli is sneaking in a few smaller pieces: for MAYA, the forward-thinking chamber ensemble led by Sato Moughalian, as well as a political piece on the Mexican drug trade for Susanna Phillips, who recently debuted at the Met Opera as Musetta in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme.

Fall 2008

Work on Modern Music Continues. The project, which features jazz piano titans Kevin Hays and Brad Mehldau, consists of pieces of the contemporary classical music canon—by Reich, Pärt, Glass, Gorecki, Strauss, Ornette Coleman, and others—in new jazz arrangements with improvisation. Also featured will be several original compositions by Hays, Mehldau, and Zimmerli.

Commissions. Zimmerli is writing a large-scale orchestral work in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Colorado College Chamber Music Festival. The work will have a cross-disciplinary element, taking as its theme some of the great architectural achievements in the last three decades. Also on the books for 2010 is a piece for Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.

New Ensemble. A new band project is in the works, lots of new music being written. Details coming soon…

Summer Recording. Producer and publisher Don Sickler is putting together a recording and DVD of Zimmerli compositions, including the piano pieces, the three romances, and several works for ensemble. The all-star cast includes Australian pianist Ambre Hammond, violin virtuoso and longtime Zimmerli collaborator Yoon Kwon, Satoshi Takeishi bringing the magic on percussion, and introducing the young piano whiz Euntaek Kim. At only 20, Euntaek is already in the masters’ program at Juilliard. He has conducting ambitions as well, and is an incredibly well-rounded and seasoned musician. Recording will take place out at legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder’s studio.

Zimmerli to be Performed in Sweden. Three concerts have been arranged in Sweden and Ystad for late July 2009, featuring Magnus Bage and Alexander Berne. See Attend section for more information.

Emergence Recording Complete. Scott Colley played bass with a great string section of Tim Fain, Beth Guterman, Michi Waincko, and Julia Bruskin. Stay tuned for release information.

Emergence Video. Emergence had a great concert and a packed house on Feb 29th for our live video recording at Arium. Wonderful performances were turned in by all, with Tim Fain and Alexander Berne playing especially beautifully.

Three Romances Complete. The pieces, for Simone Ferraresi and Kristin Lee, were completed in late March. Stay tuned for premiere information.

Fanfare Reviews the Trios. The Piano Trios received several enthusiastic reviews in Fanfare magazine, the most recent by Walter Simmons. Read the reviews.

Emergence Recording at Stadium Red. Following the concert we laid down some string tracks with veteran engineer Tom Lazarus at Ornette Coleman’s old studio, a comfortable space in Harlem. Tom got an amazing sound as always.

Dates for Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Premiere Announced. The three-movement work will be performed on March 19 and 21 of 2009.

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