Surface Noise
7th Anniversary bash
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023
600 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204

“Thawarawadi” from Two Thai Songs for Solo Cello by Jon Silpayamanant

“More Sokol Pie” (Macedonian folk song)

  • Folk song from the North Macedonia/Bulgaria region. It is in a 7/8 meter very typical of Balkan folk dances.

“I. Tango” and “II. Valsinha” from Suíte Pequenina for cello solo by Bianca d’Avila do Prado

“Varsha” (वर्षा / Rain) by Reena Esmail

  • Composed in 2019. “This piece, Varsha, serves as an interlude between Sonata V (Sitio – “I Thirst”) and Sonata VI (Consummatum Est – “It is finished”) of Haydn’s Seven Last Words. The combination of Hindustani raags used in this piece are from the Malhaar family, which are sung to beckon rain.”
  • More program notes may be found at Reena Esmail’s website here:

“Kor Ərəbin Mahnısı” (Song of the Blind Arab) by Fikrət Əmirov

  • This song was written (ca. mid 1950s) as a portion of incidental music for a staging the play “Sheikh Sanan” (originally premiered in 1921) written by playwright Huseyn Javid. It is a setting of text from the play. Əmirov visited Louisville with other Soviet composers as a cultural exchange with the US. Photos of that visit may be found in the University of Louisville Archives, two of which have been posted DHCS Shostakovich Journal Facebook page here, and here.

“Daily News” by Jon Silpayamanant

  • Composed sometime in the early aughts and designed as a spoken word and cello improv piece. The audience participation component consists of using a local (print) newspaper with excerpts selected from the pages in small roughly 6 inch squares which are then read by the performer while improvising on their instrument.

“III. Intermezzo e Danza Finale” from Suite per Violoncello (1926) by Gaspar Cassadó

  • Solo cello suite composed in 1926 during one of Cassadó’s prolific periods and dedicated to German cellist, Francesco von Mendelssohn. The suite incorporates Spanish/Iberian folk and art music elements as well as quoting from other composers’ work (Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Solo Cello and Maurice Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé).

See more photos from the event at this link.