Tamar Halperin



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.

Program Outline

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
Facheux Example
Gymnopedie # 1
Cage Soliloquy
Gnossienne # 6
Debussy “Mouvement” (From Images Book I)



Tamar Halperin- Piano
Etienne Abelin – Viola
Tomek Kolczynski – Electronics

These three musicians have a spectacular project – to re-compose music by J.S. Bach. Sound designer and composer Tomek Kolczynski started by recording Tamar Halperin and Etienne Abelin playing Bach’s sonatas for violin and piano. He then drew on this material to create electronically transformed sounds. On their debut CD “bachSpace”, Tamar Halperin, piano and Etienne Abelin, violin, combine music by Johann Sebastian Bach with electronic compositions by Tomek Kolczynski who generates his music exclusively from samples of the two instrumentalists. All together they build long hybrid pieces lasting up to 15 minutes on the interface between baroque music and electronica.


On stage, the pianist and the violinist work with Tomek Kolczyinski’s sounds to produce a unique symbiosis between electronic and acoustic sounds. It’s a new way to discover the timelessness of the baroque composer.

The repertoire is generally based on 6 Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard by Bach BWV 1014-1019, plus some solo piano and some solo violin works by J. S. Bach.

From the 6 Violin & Keyboard Sonatas:

Largo from Sonata in G Major for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1019
Adagio from Sonata in E Major for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1016
Adagio from Sonata in B Minor for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1014
Adagio Ma Non Tanto from Sonata in E Major for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1016
Allegro from Sonata in G Major for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1019
Adagio from Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1017
Adagio from Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1018
Adagio from Sonata in A Major for Violin and Keyboard BWV 1015

Solo pieces:

Adagio from Partita in C Major for Solo Violin BWV 1005
Prelude in C major from the Well Tempered Clavier BWV 846 (for solo keyboard)
Prelude in C minor BWV 999 (for solo keyboard)
Prelude in D minor BWV 926 (solo keyboard)
“Baustelle”– a construction on Bach’s “Menuet” BWV 829 by Tamar Halperin (solo keyboard)