Tamar Halperin- Piano, Keyboards
Guy Sternberg- Live Electronics
“What would it have sounded like, had Satie been composing today?” In 1925, after Satie’s death, his friends entered his apartment and were amazed to find there, in addition to a large number of umbrellas and an astounding chaos, two grand pianos, stacked one on top of the other.
The performance by Tamar Halperin and Guy Sternberg is the musical equivalent of this image, where a piano, electric keyboards, glockenspiel, and a computer build up a contemporary Satie sound. It is a tribute to Erik Satie, a French composer, whose 150th anniversary was celebrated in 2016. Following an album release (“Satie” on Neue Meister- Edel Records, May 2016), the live version presents music of Satie, Debussy, and John Cage, while challenging the conventions of the classical piano recital format: The works are orchestrated for various keyboard instruments and electronic sounds, and they are performed in succession, for about 60 minutes without a break.
Each piece “overlaps” with previous and following pieces, creating fascinating juxtapositions so that the original miniatures add up to a large structure and create a long, meditative journey. Alongside the performance of composed works, there are also pasages of improvisation from both Guy and Tamar.
Erik Satie Gnossienne # 1
Gnossienne # 3
Piece Froide # 1
Piece Froide # 2
En Plus (From Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear for piano 4 hands)
Gymnopedie # 3
John Cage In A Landscape
Claude Debussy The Snow Is Dancing (From “Children’s Corner”)
John Cage Sonata V (From “Sonatas and Interludes” for Prepared Piano)
Satie Gnossienne # 5
Choral # 1
Debussy La cathoderale engloutie (from “Préludes” Book I)
John Cage Jazz Study
Satie Son Binocle
Gymnopedie # 1
Gnossienne # 6
Debussy “Mouvement” (From Images Book I)