Vicki Ray and Tom Chiu at the Santa Monica Public Library, February 21

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes back pianist Vicki Ray, joined by New York violinist Tom Chiu, for a special presentation of Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage,” on Thursday February 21, 2019, at 7:30pm in the Main Library Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Written in 1982 for Cage’s 70th birthday, Feldman’s tribute to his friend, teacher, and colleague is approximately 75 minutes long. Ray and Chiu will perform it in full, joined by Butoh dancers, on the 26th, at Zipper Hall in downtown LA, as part of the Pianospheres concert series. Founded in 1994 by Leonard Stein, PianoSpheres presents a core group of four pianists plus guest artists in annual recitals. It is one of the pillars of the LA classical music scene, celebrating their 25th season in 2018-19. For more information, see pianospheres.org

The Library is delighted to present free previews of most Pianospheres events. For this one, Ray and Chiu will discuss the piece, show a short film on Feldman, and perform a substantial excerpt.

Feldman’s music has become increasingly influential and widely performed and recorded, especially his later works, which are very long, quiet, and change very slowly and subtly. This is a rare opportunity to sample one of his major compositions performed at a very high level in an informal setting.

This is Vicki Ray’s fourth appearance at Soundwaves. One of the icons of new music in Los Angeles, she teaches at CalArts and regularly appears with the LA Philharmonic. Tom Chiu is best known as the founder and first violinist of the Flux Quartet, who have collaborated with artists from Matthew Barney to Ornette Coleman.

Soundwaves is a concert series featuring composers and performers who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.