Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa’s debut solo piano CD nominated for Western Canadian Music Award
Vancouver-based pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa’s debut solo piano CD has been nominated for a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award.
Iwaasa’s Cosmophony, nominated for Classical Recording of the Year, is a collection of contemporary Canadian work that takes listeners on a journey through the cosmos. It opens with Denis Gougeon’s invocation of the sun, Piano-Soleil and then moves past each of the planets, from Mercury to Neptune, with works written especially for Iwaasa by composers Rodney Sharman, Marci Rabe, Alexander Pechenyuk, Jocelyn Morlock, Christ Kovarik, Jeffrey Ryan, Stefan Udell, and Jennifer Butler. Works by Jordan Nobeles and Emily Doolittle are also featured.
The second half of the disc features George Crumb’s Makrokosmos II:12 fantasy pieces after the Zodiac , a rarely performed 20th century work written in 1973, which pioneered many revolutionary techniques for the piano.
The Cosmophony recording comes out of a 2008 concert project of the same name, which Iwaasa performed at the H. R. Macmillan Space Centre, with visuals of the planets and solar system accompanying the music.