Al Otro Lado with Strange Interlude & Liza Wallace
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Strange Interlude is very excited to premiere Liza Wallace’s sonata Al Otro Lado – a large-scale work for harp and cello that allows both instruments to alternate and exchange roles and explores a variety of Latin American music rhythms and styles, all infused with a healthy dose of Liza’s own compositional style.
In composing the first movement for her sonata, Liza drew from the unique rhythms and harmonies of choro music, a Brazilian style that became popular in the late 19th-early 20th century. As choros are not commonly played on the harp, Liza has spent the last eight years developing techniques for playing these melodies, bass lines, and rhythms.
In 2017, Liza began studying with the amazing mandolinist, violinist, and composer Ted Falcon and this last fall they began creating an album together. The album will feature choros and other Brazilian styles of music as well as original songs by both Ted and Liza. In this shared concert with Strange Interlude, Liza and Ted will preview pieces from the album which is set to come out later this year.
Harpist, singer, and composer Liza Wallace brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she has traveled around the world to study, teach, and perform, touring in Mexico, Brazil, and Germany. She has performed and recorded with such artists as Sir Elton John and Sylvia McNair and has released three albums of her music.
Strange Interlude was founded by harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein who have been performing as a harp and cello duo since 2007. As both a duo and larger ensemble Press and Linn-Gerstein design intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation.
free – suggested donation $20 at door