Duane Cochran will dance at his piano recital at the Blas Galindo Auditorium

Pianist Duane Cochran (Detroit, Michigan, 1955), with an extensive career and various concerts and recitals in the United States, France, Spain, Canada, Mexico and the former Soviet Union, is enthusiastic about playing the pieces of little-known composers, which will take place on October 1st within the framework of the 25th edition of the Black and White International Piano Festival.

With an unusual program in which the play will also dance Dreamswith music by Rodrigo Sigal, Cochran will perform pieces by Norman Dello Joio and Rosa Guraieb, composers who are rarely scheduled for public performances.

I love the classics Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, but my thing is really contemporary, new technologies. As a contemporary choreographer I am always looking for new forms of expression and making combinations. I love to introduce new works in my programs to introduce important composers who have not had the opportunity to be recognizedhe explains in an interview.

The program Cochran will perform includes Sonata no. 3 by Norman Dello Joio, cyclic piece y arrival port, by Oaxacan Rosa Guraieb, as well as Sonata no. 7 by the Russian Sergei Prokofiev and the premiere work for piano and movement by Rodrigo Sigal.

“Norman Dello Joio was an American composer not very well known, not even in the United States, but he is wonderful. The Sonata is in four movements and is beautiful. I wanted to play a sonata North-American because part of my existence is from there.”

Of Rosa Guraieb, Cochran explains that she was a composer and magnificent pianist from Oaxaca not very well known, despite having wonderful and technically very demanding pieces. She was very strong-willed, a bit rough, but I loved her. I was lucky enough to meet her and work with her, I have a recorded album of her music and I have searched for her complete work, so I hope to record another album of hers.

In the recital, the pianist will also perform Sonata no. 7 by Sergei Prokofiev, considered one of the famous works in his piano repertoire due to its technical difficulty. You need an interpretive force to play this sonata, and I also identify a lot with that work because of the rhythms, since it is a very rhythmic sonata.

Cochran added that Prokofiev has nine piano sonatas and created many works for great pianists. He also commented that he has had the opportunity to play his Concerto for piano and orchestra number 5, which is not very easy to understand at first, but once you understand it is a wonderful work.

▲ Musician, dancer and choreographer Duane Cochran will perform little-known composers in his performance on October 1 at the 25th Black and White International Piano Festival.Photo courtesy of Jose Serrano

The program will close with the premiere of Dreams, which Duane will perform and dance. It is a work that Rodrigo Sigal composed especially for his performance at the En Blanco y Negro festival. “It is a work that has a track on which I recorded my own music, I also play live and I also dance. I am going to present it at the Blas Galindo Auditorium, something most unusual for a piano festival, since no pianist plays the work and then starts dancing.

For me it is an honor to remove the solemnity that piano recitals usually have. Let’s dance and enjoy the music.

Regarding the work with Rodrigo Sigal, the musician comments that he has known him since 1995, when Sigal made him music for a choreography. “We have a very special friendship and he is a wonderful person.

He made this music, then I recorded an album with his works for piano and electronic versions. Rodrigo is one of the most important exponents of electronic music and new technology worldwide. He has created music for four of my choreographies, so we know each other very well.

For Cochran, his life has been the piano since he was little (he gave his first recital at the age of 10) until his university days; Later, when he arrived in Mexico, this instrument continued to be an important part of his life.

I have more than 30 years in the Philharmonic Orchestra of the UNAM and I played as the principal pianist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City. In 20 years I have played with almost all contemporary orchestras and conductors, and at the same time I dedicate myself to dance.

The pianist has collaborated with artists of the stature of Kurt Redel, Jean-Pierre Rampal -principal musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic- and Henryk Szeryng, as well as with various chamber ensembles, such as the Latin American Quartet, the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble and the Fine Arts String Quartet.

Duane Cochran will offer a recital at the Black and White International Piano Festival on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Blas Galindo Auditorium of the National Center for the Arts (79 Río Churubusco avenue, corner of Tlalpan road).

On September 29, at 11 am, Duane will talk about the program of that presentation in the same auditorium.

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