INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE: CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL ALBUM
American pianist, arranger, producer, and composer David Chesky (b. 1956) is celebrated for his many operas and concert works inspired by jazz and American popular music. But his musical reach extends as well to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Evidence of that versatility is at hand on this remarkable recording, which features concertos, songs, and an orchestral tone poem with a decidedly Hispanic flavor.
Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra(2002). For the first time in his extensive catalogue of concertos, Chesky here assayed a work grounded in the music of Spain, particularly Andalusian flamenco. But to say that this is merely a sunny evocation of flamenco would be to misrepresent both his creations and flamenco itself. Rather, Chesky has here adopted many of the gestural mannerisms of flamenco, especially its modality and idiomatic guitar figurations, in the context of a harmonic language and rhythmic structure that are very contemporary. Specifically, he makes highly expressive use of subtle orchestral colors, advanced harmony bordering at times on atonality, and a complex rhythmic organization that is well outside the traditional metrical patterns (compás) of flamenco.
Angel Romero "What I have to say about David Chesky is that he is a composer that covers so many different emotions in his music. Within one piece, he covers the elements of rock, classical, romantic, and flamenco. He has the ability to move through all of these emotions so quickly and efficiently. This is what makes these two concertos so special to me. As a performer I always need a vehicle in which I can let my emotions free and at the same time enjoy the technical aspects which most of the time are very challenging. This is all united by the beauty of these concertos."