Life Sketches is the latest digital re- lease of the esteemed Classical label Naxos. This world première recording is the product of a long-time collabora- tion between the Chinese pianist Jenny Q Chai and American composer Nils Vigeland.
The five pieces on this recording span forty years in their date of composition and constitute about half of the music for solo piano written by composer Nils Vigeland. They appear in reverse order of composition, from most recent, 2013, to oldest, 1973. Of the seventeen individual movements, the most common link between them is duration – more than half of them are less than three minutes long and, with the exception of all in due time, none are longer than six minutes.
ArpaViva CD003: New York Love Songs; Jenny Q Chai, Piano & Voice
Jenny Q Chai plays the part of both pianist and vocalist for this recording. NYLS is a conceptual album dedicated to the avant-garde reinterpretation of the solo pianist/vocalist genre, with Victoria Jordanova’s song-cycle New York Love Songs as the title cut. First on the album are the evergreen songs written by American musical giants John Cage, Charles Ives, and Frederic Rzewski, presented here as the miniature apotheosis of each composer’s style. NYLS also spotlights the work of the accomplished young composer Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, completing Jordanova’s curatorial vision of a melting-pot of forward-thinking artists in tune with the spirit of New York City.