Chris Graham and Taka Kigawa: The Music of John Luther Adams



Taka Kigawa, Chris Graham, John Luther Adams, le Poisson Rouge, NYC, Japan, music, composer, nature

Chris Graham and Taka Kigawa: The Music of John Luther Adams

Monday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

(le) Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets)

Admission: $15 (standing)/$20 (table seating) in advance; $20 (standing)/$25 (table seating) at the door

Concert pianist Taka Kigawa and percussionist Chris Graham celebrate Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams, who is best known for music inspired by nature. The program will feature Adams’s Among Red Mountains for solo piano; Nunataks for solo piano; Red Arc/Blue Veil for piano and percussion; and Four Thousand Holes for piano, percussion, and electronics. There will be a pre-concert talk with the composer.

A native of Nagano, Japan, Kigawa received a Bachelor of Arts from Shinshu University and a Master of Arts from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Cleveland; Paris; Milan; and Barcelona.

His New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times, and his New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. Kigawa’s solo recitals at (le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have all been resounding successes, receiving unqualified critical acclaim from both audiences and critics. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day.

Chris Graham is an international new music musician living and working in New York City. He has consistently worked and performed with notable groups such as Newband, Talea Ensemble, Ear to Mind, Talujon Percussion, and Mantra Percussion, and is a founding member and director of Iktus Percussion. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Issue Project Room, Merkin Hall, The Knitting Factory, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and the National Sawdust, and he has toured extensively across the U.S. performing for various festivals, colleges, and universities.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit (le) Poisson Rouge’s website.