Chamber Musicians of Kamloops review: Piano perfection

The many uses of a piano feature in the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ final concert for the 2020/2021 season.

The many uses of a piano feature in the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ final concert for the 2020/2021 season.

They vary from the traditional accompaniment of a stringed instrument, to presenting the unusual, to the instrument of choice for composition.

All are well represented in the three new pieces of music for piano by composers Daniel Silverberg, Ryan Noakes and Daniel Bahamondes.

Silverberg matches the soothing sounds of the viola in The Sky Around Us and incorporates the unusual by matching to a visual track of etchings.

In Os-hyp-ti-no-ti-co, Ryan Noakes has the right hand doing something very unusual while the left-hand distracts nicely.

Daniela O’Fee does a great job presenting this.

In between, Ashley Kroecher plays Solo Cello Suite No.1 by Ernest Bloch.

It is a work in which the viola (subbing for cello) becomes a choir of instruments.

The final new work, Mitologia Musical Chilota, is inspired by the myths from the islands of Cholé, where Bahamondes grew up.

About the time he was composing Mitologia, Bahamondes was living in Logan Lake.

The pandemic returned him to Chile — unable to perform here. He appears through an excellently filmed video.

Although the work has been published (we see pages in the video), this is the first public performance.

We have been blessed. I see Bahamondes as a piano superstar. He sped through his studies at the University of Chile, completing an eight-year course in 36 months.

Bahamondes appears to have a deep understanding of music and its expressive range. He embraces the piano sitting, standing, knocking on it and leaning deep into it.

Mythical beings emerge from its depths as he coaxes the piano to do more and more.

It is well worth a watch. The concert is available until June 26 at 10 p.m.. Tickets and program information are available online at chambermusiciansofkamloops.org.

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