Robert Dusek composer
Bryan Pezzone piano
RUNES, the new album by composer Robert Dusek and pianist Bryan Pezzone, is a compilation of specially selected solo piano works, and provides the listener with an immersive and cohesive listening experience. Often sparse, sometimes impetuous – “The music is at once very stark, and then seems to propel itself to the next scene or chapter with some unseen, and unheard, energy”, says PARMA Recordings Lead Producer, Andy Happel.
Several stand-alone works appear, cleverly embedded, in the twelve-song program. Track one is a prelude-and our journey begins. Tracks two through four constitute, separately, Dusek’s Piano Sonata No. 2, and after an intermezzo, the listener receives the Piano Sonata No. 3. Tracks seven, eight, and nine: “After the Rain”, “Cloud Chaser”, and “Light” constitute a larger embedded work, Autumn Sky. The album sets the audience down gently with a gorgeous and meditative postlude.
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Robert Dusek received his academic training at the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1990. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in the field of composition, including Columbia University's Bearns Prize, the ASCAP Raymond-Hubbard Award, an A.H.A.B – Neodata Fellowship for his Symphony No. 1, and several national and local awards and grants. His music has been performed worldwide and recorded by such groups as North-South Consonance and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Dusek is the Founder/Director of DaCapo LLC, an organization devoted to the pursuit and development of artistic and compositional endeavors.
Bryan Pezzone is the consummate cross-over pianist of his generation. He excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is well known for his versatility and virtuosity as a recording and performing artist, improviser, and composer.