The Old Photo Box (2006)
twenty miniatures for solo piano
Sarah Bob, piano
Imagine finding an old photo box up in the dusty attic, each photo telling of a story frozen in time. Suddenly, images start moving, coming to life, and you are sent into daydreams, flashbacks and recollections. With twenty miniatures, each restricted to only a few minutes, I have tried to portray a story, a drama, condensed with visual details that may sometimes resemble a short movie. Some of these portraits are based on real experiences of mine, while others are completely imaginary.
Lior Navok (b. 1971) has earned his place as one of the most innovative, fresh and communicative composers of the younger generation. Played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Navok's music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles such as the Radio Philharmonie Hannover NDR, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Cantata Singers, Soloists of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, The Borromeo Quartet, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet among many others. Known for his passion to collaborate with artists from other disciplines, Navok has collaborated with the choreographers Lucía Baumgartner (inFlux Dance Company), Alexandra Waierstall (Noema Dance Works) and visual artists Ling-Wen Tsai and Ohad Meromi, as well as collaborations include piano improvisations on poetry with poet D. Nurkse. Mr. Navok received numerous awards. Recent ones include the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award, Prime Minster Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Fellowships and residencies include the Tanglewood Music Center, Cité Internationale des Arts, Aspen Music Festival and the MacDowell Colony. Recent commissions include the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, among many others.Lior Navok has released Three highly acclaimed CDs – The Old Photo Box, Hidden Reflections and Meditations Over Shore - "The Music is dreamy and utterly gorgeous" (American Record Guide.) www.liornavok.com
Hailed as "sumptuous and eloquent" by the Boston Globe, pianist Sarah Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming. She is the founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series (NGCS), a series devoted to commissioning and uniting new music and contemporary visual art with their creators and is an original member of many groups including Primary Duo, Firebird and Radius Ensembles. Recognized as a risk taker and cited for an "ideal combination of all-stops-out abandon and sure-footed technical control" by 21st Century Music, she is a recipient of many awards,including top prizewinner of the International Gaudeamus Competition 2001, grants that recognize the quality of her work and artistic merit from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music and the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the first annual John Kleshinski Award in recognitin of her daring, exciting and high quality NGCS presentations. Sarah resides in Boston and can be heard playing the music of Lee Hyla on the Tzadik label, Curtis K. Hughes on Cauchemar Records, collaborations with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on New World and Oxingale Records and a new solo CD "The Old Photo Box" by Lior Navok. Current projects include multiple recordings with the Firebird Ensemble, solo and chamber works by Elena Ruehr and Eric Moe (BMOP/sound label), and solo performances with the Swiss dance troup inFlux this August. For more information, please go to www.sarahbob.net.