Pianist Fiona Boznos and percussionist James Boznos started Klang, which means "sound" or "ringing" in German, in 1995 with another pianist and percussionist, intending to tackle a wide range of contemporary music. Supplemented by wind, brass, and electronic instrumentalists, they quickly built a repertoire of 60-some works by 38 composers, including Conlon Nancarrow, Helmut Lachenmann, and Toru Takemitsu. After being highly touted for their performance in a George Crumb retrospective two years ago, Klang nearly went dormant, as its two founders parted company. But Fiona, now Fiona Queen, pulled together a new ensemble with pianist Amy Dissanayake and percussionists Sean Kopp and Shane Mizicko. Their commitment to new, unusual music is intense, as are their performances. Both pianists are precise and disciplined and thoroughly understand the syncopation, dotted rhythms, percussive effects, and erudite references prevalent in modern scores. Kopp and Mizicko match them. For this recital, part of Northeastern Illinois University's excellent "Jewel Box" series, they'll perform lesser-known works by old masters as well as works by young turks. John Cage's Second Construction is a lot of fun for both players and listeners, as is Stravinsky's Sonata for Two Pianos. Abstracted Art by Northwestern University's Amy Williams distills ideas from jazz great Art Tatum. Also on the program are a solo percussion piece by the University of Chicago's Marta Ptaszynska and some etudes by David Rakowski. Friday, April 12, 8 PM, Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis; 773-442-4636.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jim Newberry.