Among the world’s elite players and composers, James Dorsa redefines the listening experience presenting his harpsichord music though a uniquely “maximalist” lens. His compositions’ programmatic narrative present whimsical, and often thunderously rhythmic themes generating impending impetus’ of sound juxtaposing rhythmic continuity with vertical harmonic sonorities and imposing a “fluidic” tempo structure. Independent phrases enjoy self-contained rhythmic motion, allowing a buildup of dynamic control on what otherwise is a non-dynamic instrument. Ear-shattering tonal clusters, fast florid runs, intricate ostinatos, and an intensely programmatic imagination define his unique 21st-Century style.
JAMES DORSA, HARPSICHORD
James Dorsa performs Parthenia
California State University, Northridge
October 28th, 7:30pm