An Evening of Zimmerli and Bruch at National Sawdust. New Asia Society is presenting works by Max Bruch and Patrick Zimmerli, on August 27 at 4PM. Included on the program, which features Violist Andy Lin, pianist Kelly Lin, and clarinetist Yu-ting Cheng, will be the world premiere of Zimmerli’s Clarinet Sonata.
INT/TER\SECT Festival 2017 is almost here! This year’s IN/TER\SECT Festival at Bryant Park will take place on August 4-5, and will feature the work of two composers whose breadth transcends classical and jazz music– Billy Childs and Derek Bermel. Also featured will be Manuel Valera, Triton Brass, Glenn Valeski, City of Tomorrow, Helen Sung, Metropolis Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Players, Ashley Jackson, and much more!
Sappho Songs at INT/TER\SECT. This year’sIN/TER\SECT Festival at Bryant Park will feature the Sappho songs. Zimmerli returns for the 3rd time to his cycle on lyrics by the renowned Greek poetess, whose fragments continue to beguile and intrigue. The cycle, containing 23 short songs, is a meditation on Desire in all its forms, experienced over the course of a lifetime. The 2013 version was premiered at London’s Wigmore Hall; for this year’s performance longtime collaborator Satoshi Takeishi will be added to the original lineup of singer Luciana Souza, pianist Gary Versace, and Zimmerli on saxophone.
Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny premieres. After a week of strenuous rehearsals, the Alan Seeger Oratorio was premiered at the Church of the Invalides on June 7, to an audience including high brass of the French Army. The 90-minute work, which celebrates the life of poet Alan Seeger, was played without pause to the attentive and appreciative crowd.
Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny at the Palais de Tau in Reims. The second performance of the Alan Seeger Oratorio was played at the “Salle de Festin” in the glorious Palais de Tau to a very appreciative and enthusiastic audience. Stay tuned for many more performances of this piece upcoming later in the year and into 2018.
Clockworks recording. Zimmerli will record Clockworks, his hour-length suite for jazz quartet commissioned by Chamber Music America, at Oktaven Studios on Sept. 2-3, 2017. The piece will be recorded by the original musicians for whom it was written: pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Chris Tordini, and percussionist John Hollenbeck for Spring 2018 release on the Songlines label. Stay tuned for details.
Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny to be premiered at the Invalides. Zimmerli is at work on a cross-cultural, classical/jazz Oratorio celebrating French-American amity. The evening-length work, to premiere at the Church of the Invalides on June 7, celebrates the work of poet Alan Seeger, who died in the Great War, on July 4, 1916. It will feature the French Choir Mikrocosmos, as well as tenor soloist Scott Emerson, sinuous young French jazz pianist Thomas Enhco, and first percussionist of the Paris Opera J-B Leclere.
Aspects of Darkness and Light with Joshua Redman and Brooklyn Rider to be released in 2017. The “Aspects of Darkness and Light” recording for Nonesuch Records has been scheduled for release in September 2017. Recorded by industry veteran Tom Lazarus, the CD also features bassist Scott Colley and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.
Shores Against Silence in the press. Zimmerli’s latest album, has started to garner serious attention from the press. Downbeat Magazine, who gave the album an inexplicably low four stars, did have a few nice things to say otherwise. Zimmerli was also featured on the Straight No Chaser podcast in an in-depth interview, as well as on FHUS and got a rave review in Luxury Experience.
Textura Review. Shores Against Silence reviwed on Textura.
Zimmerli’s European Trio unveiled in Paris. Zimmerli’s new trio was unveiled at the Mona Bismarck American Center, a beautiful venue on the banks of the Seine in Paris. The trio consists of Zimmerli on saxophone along with the dynamic pianist Michel Reis and the beast-like drummer Jeff Ballard. The music really straddles the line between written and improvised, with Reis playing intricately written parts while Ballard’s parts were learned strictly by ear. It’s Zimmerli’s most thoroughly integrated and aesthetically satisfying project to date. Look for more dates from this trio in 2017 and beyond.
Zimmerli writes a series of essays for NewMusicBox. Zimmerli was invited to produce a series of essays for the popular Composers’ Website NewMusicBox, run by New Music USA. The first, Time Is Flat, was a reflection on the increasing non-linearity of time, written on the occasion of the Shores Against Silence release. The second, In Defense of Jazz, defended the grand tradition against recent glib disparagements in popular culture. The third, The Quest for Standard Repertoire, uses an Organ Competition as a springboard for a discussion of the necessary qualities for a piece to attain standard repertoire status. And the fourth essay, Jazz and Classical– Musical, Cultural, Listening Differences, discusses the difference in the two respective genres. Stay tuned for a coda-essay, in the form of an interview with Ethan Iverson.
Shores Against Silence Drops today, November 4! Zimmerli’s latest album, consisting of six compositions for jazz quartet written and recorded almost twenty-five years ago, has at long last come out! Featuring some of the finest musicians working in the jazz field today: deep swinging pianist Kevin Hays, ultra supportive bassist Larry Grenadier, and brilliantly inventive drummer Tom Rainey, the music integrates contemporary classical compositional techniques into a modern jazz quartet form. It’s gotten some good advance press, stay tuned here for articles and interviews to come.
Clockworks premiere performance at Le Poisson Rouge and Ars Nova. Zimmerli will premiere his new piece Clockworks, an hour-length suite for jazz quartet commissioned by Chamber Music America, on tenor saxophone, with inquisitive pianist Ethan Iverson, affable bassist Chris Tordini, and rigorous percussionist John Hollenbeck at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and Ars Nova in Philadelphia on September 10 and 11. Tickets and event info for LPR; Facebook event
Performance at Bryant Park. The last installment of the IN/TER\SECT Festival at Bryant Park took place on August 26. Zimmerli unveiled his new Quintet – featuring Zimmerli on tenor saxophone and longtime collaborators Or Matias on piano, Kevin Hays on Fender Rhodes, Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, and John Hadfield on percussion – premiering new work and playing arrangements from the Book of Dreams. See beautiful photos from the evening.
A Beautiful Night at Bryant Park. The first installment of the IN/TER\SECT Festival at Bryant Park took place on June 10. Glorious weather and Manhattanhenge served as a backdrop for a varied night of music, featuring Sandbox Percussion, Andy Lin, (who played Zimmerli’s Spectres for Solo Viola, as well as a piece by Alvin Tam and traditional Chinese songs on erhu) Andy Akiho, Jonathan Finlayson, and Chris Potter, who played a great set of music from his Imaginary Cities with jazz sextet and string quartet. Upcoming installments of the Festival take place on July 15 and August 26, where Zimmerli will unveil his new Quintet, premiering new work and playing arrangements from the Book of Dreams.
Clockworks complete, to be premiered at Le Poisson Rouge and Ars Nova. Zimmerli will premiere his new piece Clockworks, an hour-length suite for jazz quartet commissioned by Chamber Music America, on tenor saxophone, with inquisitive pianist Ethan Iverson, affable bassist Chris Tordini, and rigorous percussionist John Hollenbeck at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and Ars Nova in Philadelphia in September. Check the Attend page for details.
Sleight of Hand premiere in Paris. Zimmerli’s new work, a 12-minute tour de force for multi percussion, will be premiered by the formidable percussionist Vassilena Serafimova at the 2016 Festival Européen Jeunes Talents. The performance will take place at the famed Hotel de Soubise in the heart of Paris. The piece will be performed later throughout France, check the Attend page for details.
Gathering Pools in Bulgaria. Zimmerli’s piece, written in 2016 for the Paris Percussion Group, will be played at the International Festival of Marimba and Percussion in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 29. See Attend page for details.
A Magical Evening at the Centre Pompidou in Paris with the Paris Percussion Group. The Museum commissioned Zimmerli to write a work for their annual benefactors’ dinner. Zimmerli conceived Waterfall, a site-specific piece for the “Chenille,” the set of exposed escalators that runs outside the museum’s face. As the guests ascended, the percussionists descended in a perpetual cascade, playing instruments hung from the ceiling and parts of the Chenille itself, to the accompaniment of Vibraphone and Marimba on each landing. Later, in the cavernous entrance space of the museum known as the “Forum,” the twelve percussionists gathered together to play Gathering Pools, a twenty-minute work in five movements. The sumptuous Paris Percussion Group, led by musical forces-of-nature JB Leclere and Vassilena Serafimova, played thrillingly, balancing incredible skill with verve and panache. The piece will be reprised in Greece in September– stay tuned for a forthcoming video.
Signs of Life drops on Deutsche Grammophon. April 8 marked the release of Zimmerli’s first piece to be released on the venerable label. Written for young French jazz pianist Thomas Enhco and classical marimba/percussionist Vassilena Serafimova the piece received an epic performance and has already received critical attention. The duo will perform the piece at Paris’ legendary Bouffes du Nord in May and at many other venues; see attend page for details.
Zimmerli to curate summer festival of jazz and classical music in New York City’s Bryant Park. The festival, called INTERSECT, will feature five ensembles on each of three different nights throughout the summer. It will feature many of Zimmerli’s collaborators past and present, including Johnny Gandelsman, Chris Potter, Andy Lin, Ben Monder, Carla Kihlstedt, Ethan Iverson, Bridget Kibbey, Dan Tepfer, and many others. The series is partly supported by Chamber Music America, which awarded Zimmerli a New Jazz Works grant in 2015; each concert in the festival will feature a work commissioned by CMA. A full schedule of ensembles and dates will be posted shortly on the attend page.
Spectres recording. Zimmerli’s 26-minute epic Spectres for Solo Viola was just recorded by the generous-toned, deeply musical violist Andy Lin and engineer Shao-Ting Sun in Alpine, New Jersey. Andy did an amazing job; he will perform the piece on the Bryant Park Festival in June.
Aspects of Darkness and Light on Nonesuch/Warner. “Aspects of Darkness and Light,” featuring Joshua Redman and the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, was mastered by one of the world’s greatest mastering engineers, Bob Ludwig. The CD will be released in a special vinyl-length edition curated by the illustrious Bob Hurwitz at Nonesuch in 2017.
A Love Sublime on Naive. Zimmerli’s arrangement for the delectable Anne Sofie von Otter and the redoubtable Brooklyn Rider String Quartet of Brad Mehldau’s Love Sublime will be released this year. The group is touring the piece this fall in Europe and the US, see attend page for details.
Shores Against Silence on Songlines. Zimmerli’s early jazz quartet recording, which featured his award-winning composition The Paw, will be released to the general public for the first time in September 2016 on the Songlines label. The recording features Zimmerli’s early collaborators at the beginning of their careers– the freakishly talented, gorgeous-toned, deep-swinging Kevin Hays on piano; the dependable, hard-grooving and intellectually inquisitive Larry Grenadier on bass; and creative maelstrom Tom Rainey on drums.
Sleight of Hand for Solo Percussion. Zimmerli finally completed his commission for beloved collaborator Vassilena Serafimova in December. The 12-minute tour de force will be premiered in the upcoming months, stay tuned for details.
Chamber Music America commission. Chamber Music America has awarded Zimmerli a jazz ensemble grant for a commission for his quartet with Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, and John Hollenbeck. The group will play the commissioned work in fall of 2016 and perform and record over the next two years, stay tuned for tour dates.
Aspects of Darkness and Light post-production nears completion. “Aspects of Darkness and Light,” featuring Joshua Redman and Brooklyn Rider, was edited and mixed over the summer.
Signs of Life recording complete. Zimmerli’s piece for young French jazz pianist Thomas Enhco and classical marimba/percussionist Vassilena Serafimova was recorded for Deutsche Grammophon in September. The duo is touring the piece this fall and into 2016, see attend page for details.
A Clarinet Sonata. Over the summer Zimmerli worked on a Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in honor of his mother’s 80th birthday. The 3-movement piece is nearing completion; stay tuned for performances in Paris and New York.
A Drum Solo. Another birthday piece, Zimmerli is currently writing a work for solo percussion in honor of beloved collaborator Vassilena Serafimova’s 30th birthday. The piece is tentatively set to be premiered in December.
Aspects of Darkness and Light recording and dates with Joshua Redman and Brooklyn Rider. The “Aspects of Darkness and Light” recording for Nonesuch Records took place in late April at Sear Sound in New York City. Recorded by industry veteran Tom Lazarus, the session surpassed all expectations. It is currently in post-production and is scheduled for early 2016 release .
Brooklyn Rider and Anne Sofie von Otter. Zimmerli has been asked to contribute to a forthcoming collaboration between string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Anne Sofie von Otter. The musicians will record in September in New York City.
Aspects of Darkness and Light on Tour. Aspects of Darkness and Light will be featured at the closing concert of the Skaneateles Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York, on September 5, 2015. The festival, with new Artistic Directors Julie Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch, is gathering stars from the classical world as well as forward-thinking new music ensembles in a three-week program of concerts. Stay tuned for more dates for Aspects in 2016.
Aspects of Darkness and Light recording with Joshua Redman and Brooklyn Rider. Zimmerli’s evening-length suite “Aspects of Darkness and Light” will be recorded in April 2015 for Nonesuch Records. The recording will feature, along with Redman, the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, bassist Scott Colley, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.
Signs of Life to be recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. Zimmerli’s 3-movement suite for young French jazz pianist Thomas Enhco and classical marimba/percussionist Vassilena Serafimova, will be recorded for Deutsche Grammophon in the Spring.
Trios on Tour. Zimmerli’s Piano Trio #1, written in 2002, is being toured by the Intersection Trio in 2014-2015. Meanwhile the Fire Pink Trio has been performing the 2007 Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp. See Attend Page for Details.
New Website. You are visiting Patrick Zimmerli’s newly re-vamped website, designed by Holly Hickman of Up Tempo Marketing. New photos, taken by French photographer Maxime de Bollivier, can be seen throughout the site.
Concerto No. 2 and Standards in São Paulo. Zimmerli’s revised Concerto #2 for Piano, Jazz Percussion, and Orchestra was performed on September 10, 2014 at Sala São Paulo. The soloists were Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky and percussionist Sergio Reze. Zimmerli, who conducted and played saxophone on the second half of the program, led a group of superb and enthusiastic Brazilian musicians. Plans are underway to reprise the piece in 2016, details TBA.
Modern Music in Brazil. Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays were in Brazil for 3-nights playing Modern Music at Sala Sao Paulo just one week prior to Zimmerli’s orchestral concert at the same venue.
Joshua Redman and the Knights at Caramoor. Joshua Redman performed the music from Walking Shadows at Caramoor, with the Knights orchestra conducted by Dan Coleman. In addition to the music from Walking Shadows, the group did arrangements of Christina Courtin with Redman and his quartet participating; and ending with Dan Coleman’s arrangement of Let it Be for the entire ensemble.
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 Paulo, one of Latin America’s most beautiful concert halls. The piece will be performed by the Brazilian-Israeli-American 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, was 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 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.
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 Pluris. 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 called Zimmerli’s sonata, a five-movement work based on the Kol Nidre, “…perhaps the most fascinating piece on the album… 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. 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, Gary Versace on piano and Zimmerli on saxophone. The concert was a part of a series of jazz concerts curated by Joshua Redman at Wigmore Hall.
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 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.
Quintet Premiere 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 Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo in July 2013. 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 performances.
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. The duo will reprise the piece in 2014 in San Diego.