Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Tuesday 18 June 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Programme to include:
William Byrd Three pieces
Kaija Saariaho Jardin Secret II
J S Bach Partita in G major BWV 829
Jeanne-Philippe Rameau Les tricotets; L’enharmonique; L’Egyptienne
Steve Reich Piano Phase
Mahan Esfahani has made it his life’s mission to rehabilitate the harpsichord. His creative programming and track record of commissioning interesting new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences alike and he was the first and so far only harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist.
Tonight, he’ll create a hybrid of Baroque sounds and electronica. In particular, watch out for the Steve Reich piece, in which the harpsichord creates new textures and effects.
Tickets £18 / students/under 26s £5
‘This pugnaciously voluble 34 year old American harpsichordist… makes waves by playing contemporary works that are noisy and far from polite. It’s true that he plays Bach and Rameau, like a normal harpsichordist, but with a hair-raising rhythmic energy and freedom.’ Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
Photo credit: Kaja Smith