Grand Band is a new keyboard sextet featuring six of New York City’s top pianists: Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell.
The ensemble has been described by The New York Times as “a kind of new-music supergroup” and ”the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene.” Labelled “awesome” by Sequenza 21 and ‘inventive’ in New York Magazine, this stunning collection of performers creates a powerful sonic force. A modern and unconventional troupe, Grand Band champions new music and living composers. Their recent commissions include new works by composers Michael Gordon, Paul Kerekes, Missy Mazzoli, and Ben Wallace.
Of the group’s debut performance, Lucid Culture wrote: “Grand Band had a ball [in the Wolfe], each wearing an ear monitor so as to catch the innumerable, suspenseful series of cues as the gospel licks grew from spacious and minimalist to a joyously hammering choir.” After their (le) poisson rouge performance, The Glass blog declared, “The 6 pianists are a super-group of soloists that played what sounded kind of like classical pop-crossover meets post-minimal.”
Broadcast regularly on WQXR’s Q2 radio, Grand Band is a champion of new music and living composers. 2014 included world premieres of a commissioned work by Michael Gordon, Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars… (or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You), as well as wither/bloom by bandmember Paul Kerekes and A Road You Can Go On by Ben Wallace. Grand Band have performed at the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard, The Rite of Summer Festival on Governor’s Island and (le) poisson rouge in New York City. Grand Band have performed at the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and in New York City at the Rite of Summer Festival on Governor’s Island, the World Financial Center and (le) poisson rouge. In 2015 they made a triumphant return to the Bang on a Can Marathon in addition to a UK tour to the University of Sheffield and the Cornerstone Festival in Liverpool. This coming May Grand Band will be featured guests at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Wales. www.grandbandnyc.com
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(All tracks recorded live at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, May 7th, 2014)
Michael Gordon, Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars … (or, To Everyone Who Made my Life Miserable, Thank You) (commissioned by Grand Band and the Gilmore)
Steve Reich, Six Pianos
Kate Moore, sensitive spot
Paul Kerekes, wither
Philip Glass, Closing
Ben Wallace, A Road You Can Go
2017/18 Program Offerings
- Grand Arrangements
Gustav Holst, Leonard Bernstein, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky
- A Bigger Picture
Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Paul Kerekes, Kate Moore, Steve Reich
- The New Take Six!
Kevin Volans, Frederic Rzewski, David Lang, John Metcalf, Julius Eastman, Ben Wallace
- The Rite of Spring
Donnacha Dennehy, Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky
- 17/18 PREVIEW
With works by Simeon ten Holt, Steve Reich, Stravinsky, David Lang, Frederic Rzewski, Julia Wolfe, Paul Kerekes, Michael Gordon, Philip Glass, and others.
Current & Recent Programs
- Educational Residencies
The members of Grand Band are a perfect choice when it comes to building on a successful concert with additional opportunities for learning. The members of Grand Band collectively represent decades of experience as professional pianists and an astonish...
- Mastering Minimalism
The genesis of Grand Band was a performance of Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece Six Pianos, and the members of the ensemble have gained a vast amount of experience playing the music of and working with the great composers of the Minimalist school...
- In Whole / In Parts
This mini-residency allows presenters to capitalize on the double impact of Grand Band by presenting a full ensemble concert and a solo program featuring each of the six Grand Band performers over the course of two days. Audiences will experience the u...
- Grand Band Reaches Out
Grand Band is dedicated to community and educational outreach. While the arts unquestionably benefit children, students, and society at large, our musical culture can only be sustained by conscious and consistent efforts in cultural education, especial...