San Francisco International Piano Festival
David Gordon’s Mysteria Incarnationis
Kayleen Sánchez, soprano; Eka Gogichashvili, violin; Paul Sánchez, piano
Don’t miss this special candlelight performance of David Gordon’s hypnotic Mysteria Incarnationis (2015). Violinist Eka Gogichashvili will join pianist Paul Sanchez and soprano Kayleen Sanchez for the performance which calls for two grand pianos, one of which is prepared, an upright piano of unequal temperament, percussion, singing glasses, and more. Gordon draws on selections of fourth-century poet Ephram the Syrian’s Hymns on the Nativity which will be sung in Syriac. For more information on the festival, please visit sfpiano.org.
Kayleen Sánchez is an active performer, recording artist, and pedagogue. She is a founding member of the lute song duo BEDLAM. Recent BEDLAM engagements include the Phoenix Early Music Society, Pegasus Early Music, and the Rochester Early Music Festival. BEDLAM has been broadcast on Rochester’s WXXI, WWFM’s “Well-Tempered Baroque”, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and Arizona PBS. BEDLAM released its debut album, BEDLAM (Athyr Records) in 2015, and their latest album, Died for Love (Soundset Recordings) was released in June of 2017. BEDLAM’s active touring schedule can found on their website at www.bedlamearlymusic.com.
American composer David M. Gordon praised her performance of his music as “deeply moving and extraordinarily precise,” and dedicated a large-scale song cycle, Mysteria Incarnationis, to Sánchez and her husband, pianist Paul Sánchez (CD release TBA). Kayleen is also featured on the CD Magus Insipiens (Soundset Recordings, 2016), performing song cycles composed by Paul Sánchez, and appears on the CDs West Meets East (Albany Records) and Music of George Morey (label TBA). She also recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang with pianist Johnandrew Slominski on a Viennese-style fortepiano. Their recording has been released on the Soundset label, and features ornamentation and other historically-informed performance practices.
Sánchez received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is on voice faculty at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.
Eka Gogichashvili is Associate Professor of Violin at Baylor University. Where, in addition to teaching a full violin studio, she coaches chamber music and orchestral excerpt classes. Dr. Gogichashvili performs with the Baylor Piano Trio and Eka and Kae Duo. She holds dual Bachelor of Music degrees from Balanchivadze College of Music and from Rowan University in NJ. She also holds dual Master of Music degrees from Tbilisi State Conservatory and the Louisiana State University (LSU). She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at LSU with a minor in orchestral conducting. Throughout her career, Mrs. Gogichashvili has appeared in numerous performances as a soloist, chamber music and orchestra player both in Europe and the United States. Eka’s teaching awards include: Nomination for Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005; Circle of Achievements Teaching Award, 2002. Dr. Gogichashvili regularly appears at national conventions as a performer and as a clinician on various topics of violin performance practice, repertoire, and pedagogy. Her research focuses on composers active during the holocaust, especially the creative output of Erwin Schulhoff. In the summer of 2015 she released a recording of Schulhoff’s violin compositions.
Praised as “a great artist” (José Feghali, 2013) and for his “virtuosity and poetry” (Vladimir Leyetchkiss, 2013), pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez has concertized in North America and Europe, and has appeared on CBS national television and in radio broadcasts nationwide. Sánchez, who lived in Barcelona from 2005–2007 as a Fulbright fellow, is the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha.
An active recording artist featured in six commercial releases as of 2017, he is also an avid composer, and his works have been featured on the Soundset Recordings and Albany labels. Sherod Santos, American poet and translator of the Sappho texts in Sánchez’ song cycle The journey, describes Sánchez’ composition as “a magnificent achievement, a work of great innovation and hypnotic effect, impossible to walk away from unmoved.”
His musical partnership with his wife Kayleen Sanchez in a performance of composer David M. Gordon’s piece Fader, Stilla Våra Andar, was praised by the composer as “both deeply moving and extraordinarily precise. I couldn’t have asked for a better rendition.”
Dr. Sánchez currently serves as Director of Piano Studies and Director of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has also taught at the Baylor University School of Music and at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent adjudicator in piano competitions throughout the United States, and is the co-founder of the Dakota Sky Academy.
Sánchez studied with Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, and with Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Sánchez is a New Piano Collective artist. paultsanchez.com