Anthony de Mare - Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim - ECM New Series 2470-72



Anthony de Mare, born in Rochester, New York, is a renowned champion of contemporary music. He pioneered the genre of the speaking-singing pianist nearly 25 years ago with the premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis, and his versatility has inspired the creation of over 60 new works by composers including Meredith Monk, David del Tredici, Paul Moravec, Aaron Jay Kernis, Fred Hersch and Jerome Kitzke. With Liaisons he has added another 27 composers to the list of those he has commissioned, and another 36 compositions to the contemporary piano repertoire – plus his own arrangement “Sunday In The Park –Passages” – which brings the Liaisons three-CD set to its conclusion.

He has performed Liaisons programs across the U.S., Canada and Cuba including major venues and festivals in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Minneapolis among others. Upcoming performances

include Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA where a selection of the Re-Imaginings will be played on September 18th.

In New York, all 36 pieces will be played in three different venues: Birdland (September 24th), The Sheen Center (October 22nd) and Symphony Space (November 19th). The adaptability of the programme to both “jazz” and “classical” spaces speaks once again to the range of Stephen Sondheim’s musical imagination and to de Mare’s versatility as performer.