Philippine-born pianist Charisse Baldoria fuses Western pianism with her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage, and integrates various art forms into a concert experience. Prizewinner of international competitions, she has performed in five continents, establishing a career as a pianist with multidisciplinary interests. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and Hindustani classical performers. Her latest CD Gamelan on Pianofeatures music inspired by Southeast Asia and her CD Evocación features music inspired by flamenco and tango. For this program, Baldoria will play Leopold Godowsky’s Java Suite for solo piano inspired by the virtuoso pianist-composer’s travels on the island of Java, Indonesia in the 1920s. It exploits the piano’s sonorities, utilizing polyphony and virtuoso technique to evoke the sounds of the gamelan (gong-chime ensemble) and Javanese life.
William Paterson University
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