Glass | Adams
Pärt | Luther Adams
Friday 10 November
N.B. This performance will be held in Zaal III, a private chamber concert hall located on Amsterdam's Noordermarkt. There is limited availability so please email Greg Charette if you are interested in reserving a spot!
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX is a curated journey thru one of contemporary music’s
most popular and influential genres – minimalism.
Minimalist music is characterized by simple melodies and harmonies that are
repeated, looped, or “phased.” Minimalism’s outward simplicity belies some
charming complexities – just like a kaleidoscope’s hypnotic effect is the result of
intricate patterns and details intertwining, so it is with minimalist music.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX centers around Philip Glass’s Etudes for piano.
Composed between 1991 and 2012, this set of 20 works has been described by the
composer as a “musical self-portrait.” These etudes present the listener with
repetitive figures of crystalline beauty, haunting melancholy, and virtuosic
excitement. Works by Estonian mystic Arvo Pärt, and American composers John
Luther Adams and John Adams (no relation) round out the program and offer
varicolored takes on the minimalist aesthetic.
N.B. This program runs circa 1 hour without pause
Philip GLASS ... Etudes Nos. 1, 2, 3 (1994)
Arvo PÄRT ... Für Alina (1976)
John LUTHER ADAMS ... Nunataks (Solitary Peaks) (2007)
John ADAMS ... China Gates (1977)
Philip GLASS ... Etude No. 9 (1994)
Etude No. 12 (2007)
About the Artist
Gregory Charette | piano
Gregory Charette (b. 1987 in Los Angeles) is a conductor, composer, pianist, and programmer deeply committed to the performance and promotion of new music.
He is currently music director of Oerknal, a contemporary music collective dedicated to reimagining and reinvigorating the concert experience. He studied with Pierre Boulez at the 2011 Luzern Festival and has served as conductor in the Holland Festival’s John Cage Centennial as well as the Aldeburgh Festival’s Emerging Composers Program, where he has worked closely with Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews. He made his debut with the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble in the opening concert of the 2012 Gaudeamus Festival, stepping in at short notice for Etienne Siebens.
Gregory earned his B.M. in composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lewis Nielson and participated in master-classes with Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, and Rebecca Saunders. He moved to The Netherlands to study orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and earned his M.M. from the Dutch National Masters in Orchestral Conducting, a program that allowed him the opportunity to work with various professional Dutch orchestras in master-classes, rehearsals, and performances. His primary teachers were Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery.
Engagements have included concerts with ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Britten-Pears Ensemble, Kosovo Philharmony, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Residentie Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. Gregory currently resides in The Hague and is a guest professor at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.