On July 4th, 2019 Maki Namekawa premiered the Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at Pianofestival Ruhr in the German town of Essen. The “Salzlager” in the “Zeche Zollverein” was sold out in anticipation of the first piano sonata by the great American composer. After the performance Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass received standing ovations by the exited audience. Malte Hemmerich of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “… this happenstance gives the… Read More »Namekawa breathes this music …
Orange Mountain Music released “Three Pieces for Four Hands” today on iTunes. Orphée, Stokes and The Voyage were recorded last year in the Musiktheater Linz for digital release only.
In October, 2018 SUNRISE FALLLING was released on Pentatone/Oxingale to celebrate the 100th anniversary Korean-born composer Isang Yun - featuring Maki Namekawa, Yumi Hwang-Williams, Matt Haimovitz and Dennis Russell Davies. In this interview Dennis Russell Davies speaks about the project.
On September 20th, Maki Namekawa, Tim Fain and Matt Haimovitz played an evening of chamber music by Philip Glass in Szczecin, Poland. The Filharmonia Szczecin hosts the MDF (Music.Design.Form) Festival 2018. The philharmonic building was opened in 2014 and is shaped like a giant iceberg. The three musicians each played solo pieces by Philip Glass and finalized the concert with a trio piece. They received standing ovations.
A few days before the official release the pre-released track from “MISHIMA” has already 300.000 on Apple music. We are looking forward to the MISHIMA premiere on September 10th at the Ars Electronica Music Monday.
On September 7th, 2018 Maki will release her new album MISHIMA. MISHIMA is the piano version of the 1985 film score by Philip Glass (his first Hollywood score) to Paul Schrader’s film “MISHIMA – A Life in Four Chapters”. After the 2014 release of Philip Glass “The Complete Piano Etudes” which charted No. 1 on iTunes Classic, MISHIMA is a new high point in the collaboration between Namekawa and Glass.
“ On Saturday, at Roulette in Brooklyn, the pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies reveled in a program of Mr. Glass’s piano music, about half of which had been adapted from the composer’s operas. There wasn’t a single dud in this sparkling concert. A suite from “Les Enfants Terribles” showed how much expressive range these two longtime Glass interpreters can bring to his music, with an intoxicating sense of… Read More »Review – New York Times – Philip Glass, Easy to Mimic but Hard to Match