DISC OF THE MONTH

ZOFO ZOFORBIT8/13/2014 

ZOFORBIT named Multichannel Disc of the Month

"A knock-your-socks-off album of tremendous sonic import, with radiant performances to boot" AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

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PERFORMANCE TODAY

7/29/2014: ZOFO was featured on American Public Media's Performance Today  program for the second time this year playing John Corigliano's Gazebo Dances. Recorded in concert at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.

"Their performance was beyond brilliant."

ZOFORBIT is here!

5/27/2014: Sono Luminus Records released ZOFO's third album - ZOFORBIT - featuring Gustav Holst's The Planets and other outer space themed works by George Crumb, David Lang and Urmas Sisask.  A mesmerizing musical tour of the galaxy!

ZOFORBIT

VIDEO  Beta Cygni, George Crumb

AUDIO CLIPS

    > Holst: JUPITER

    > Holst: URANUS

   > Holst:: MERCURY

    > Holst: MARS

    > Sisask: THE MILKY WAY

upcoming shows

  • 10/22/2014
    Steinway Society of the Bay Area Outreach Concert - San Jose, CA
     
  • 11/01/2014
    Four Seasons Concerts - Berkeley, CA
     
  • 11/08/2014
    The Barn - Sonoma, CA
     
  • 11/18/2014
    Noontime Concerts - San Francisco, CA
     
  • 11/28/2014
    405 Shrader - San Francisco, CA
     

steinway artists

8/5/2013, New York, NY - Steinway & Sons has welcomed ZOFO to their distinguished international roster as Steinway Concert Artists.  Eva and Keisuke are honored to receive this amazing recognition!

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CMA COMMISSION

6/24/2013, New York, NY - Chamber Music America has announced that ZOFO has been awarded a commissioning grant to fund creation of a new duet work by composer William Bolcom.  The world premiere of the piece will be scheduled for the 2014-15 concert season.

mosh pit released!

ZOFO's second album, with adrenalized, dance-inspired works from rhumba to tango to boogie and beyond from noted 20th century American composers.

ZOFO MOSH PIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"...vibrant, beautifully blended playing"

"...a delightful romp of an album"

"MOSH PIT is a slam-dunk winner" 

Watch..."BOOGIE" from Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive by Paul Schoenfield

VIDEO TRAILER 

> Gershwin: CUBAN OVERTURE

> Shawn: HARD EDGED

> Corigliano: WALTZ

> Barber: GALOP from Souvenirs

grammy nominations

MIND MELD - ZOFO's first album - has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical

 VIDEO TRAILER

> Bernstein: CANDIDE OVERTURE

> Shapero: SONATA

> Debussy: EPIGRAPHES

> Stravinsky: RITE OF SPRING

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"This is a great album, a true surround sonic spectacular, and full of superb performances that should not be missed."

 

- AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

 

"...a definite high-water mark...a delight!"

 

- GAPPLEGATE CLASSICAL-MODERN MUSIC REVIEW

 

 

"...incredibly majestic at every corner, ultimately hypnotic"

 

- ALTO RIOT

 

 

ZOFORBIT, ZOFO’s third album with Sono Luminus Records, takes the listener on an intergalactic voyage through the Milky Way, with musical visits to the planets of our solar system, to bright stars of the galaxy, and back again.

 

Estonian composer Urmas Sisask sets the mood with the other-worldly sounds of his composition The Milky Way, featuring innovative inside and outside the piano techniques that evoke a sense of the cosmos. The journey continues with a tour of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and visits to the stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Cygni as musically envisioned by George Crumb in his one-piano-four-hands masterpiece Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV). The space exploration concludes with David Lang’s Gravity, which metaphorically coaxes the listener back to earth in slow-moving patterns of descending notes.

 

All is presented with stunning sonic clarity and color on this Pure Audio Blu-rayrelease which includes a Blu-raycopy with high resolution surround sound and stereo versions, standard CD, and digital copies via mShuttle.

TRACK LIST

  • URMAS SISASK: The Milky Way
  • GUSTAV HOLST: The Planets
  • GEORGE CRUMB: Celestial Mechanics
  • DAVID LANG: gravity

 

> Urmas Sisask: The Milky Way

> Gustav Holst: Jupiter

> Gustav Holst: Mars

> Gustav Holst: Mercury

> Gustav Holst: Uranus

 

VIDEO TRAILER

VIDEO: "BETA CYGNI" George Crumb

PURCHASE

 

MOSH PIT

ZOFO MOSH PIT"...vibrant, beautifully blended playing...a suave deployment of four hands at one piano"

- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"MOSH PIT is a slam-dunk winner"

- BLU-RAY AUDIO

"a delightful romp of an album"

- SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

"...great fun"

- AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

Eva and Keisuke put their considerable keyboard skills to the test in this second release on the Sono Luminus Records label.  The album offers an adrenalized exploration of dance themed duet compositions by six distinctly American voices of the 20th and 21st centuries - George Gershwin, Conlon Nancarrow, Allen Shawn, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano and Paul Schoenfield.  The pieces featured on MOSH PIT tour a wide range of evocative dance styles and rhythms, from Gershwin's driving rhumba in Cuban Overture to Barber's sensuous Hesitation Tango to Paul Schoenfield's dizzying Boogie from Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive.

Drawing inspiration from classical, modern, jazz and rock and roll forms, the MOSH PIT repertoire and ZOFO's inspired interpretations might tempt you to the dance floor.

TRACK LIST

GEORGE GERSHWIN: Cuban Overture

CONLON NANCARROW: Sonatina

JOHN CORIGLIANO: Gazebo Dances

SAMUEL BARBER: Souvenirs

ALLEN SHAWN: Three Dance Portraits

PAUL SCHOENFIELD: Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive

 

> George Gershwin: Cuban Overture

 

> Allen Shawn: Hard Edged, from Three Dance Portraits

 

> John Corigliano: Waltz, from Gazebo Dances

 

> Samuel Barber: Galop, from Souvenirs

 

VIDEO TRAILER

 

VIDEO: "BOOGIE" Paul Schoenfield

 

VIDEO: "HESITATION TANGO" Samuel Barber

 

VIDEO: "THREE DANCE PORTRAITS" Allen Shawn

 

PURCHASE

 

 

MIND MELD

"Simply gorgeous."ZOFO MIND MELD

- SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

Released by Sono Luminus in spring 2012, MIND MELD was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical.  The album continues to attract widespread positive critical attention and major airplay around the world.

MIND MELD brings together stunning duet works by four noted 20th century composers and pianists who knew each other, learned from each other, and sometimes shared the bench: 

> Leonard Bernstein: Candide Overture

> Harold Shapero: Sonata for Piano Four Hands: Third Movement

> Claude Debussy: Six Epigraphes Antiques: Pour la Danseuse aux Crotales 

> Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring: Jeu du Rapt

VIDEO TRAILER

PURCHASE

 

DIGITAL SPLIT EP

ZOFO Del Sol Quartet Digital Split EP

Only a download away, Sono Luminus' first Digital Only EP showcases ZOFO and the dynamic Del Sol String Quartet.  This spit EP features three world premiere recordings and is ready on demand.

The EP starts with a combined piece by composer Kui Dong, blending the two ensembles with an exciting mix of piano-four-hands, string quartet, and two toy pianos.

The second and third pieces on the album are two movements from Mason Bates' work Bagatelles for Amplified String Quartet and Electronica, a piece made possible by the Chamber Music America commissioning program.  Del Sol gave the piece's world premiere at the 2012 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.

Finally, ZOFO blazes through the piece Vaporize by composer Joe Duddell.

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