I hope you all are well and in a safe place. Many things have happened since my last news update. I am in New York City with my family, practicing the violin and trying to compose almost like when I was studying music.
I am working remotely with my composition students in Munich.
On Thursday, April 23 Berta Epple will be on SWR 1 TV show Kabarett, Comedy und Kleinkunst at 20-24:00. Berta Epple will be streaming from home.
All of my live shows are on hold. During this down time I am composing, practicing and recording some new pieces.
I always wanted to record some of my songs I composed over the years on solo piano. These times and all the talk about social distancing gave me the idea of doing these recordings now.
New from Navona Records comes AND THE SNOW DID LIE, composed by Hilary Tann and performed by Sirius Quartet. Tann, a Welsh-born composer living in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains was inspired to write this commissioned work by a series of illustrations from the classic French-Canadian novel, Le Survenant. These images are included with the release of this digital single.
The music of AND THE SNOW DID LIE is broken into three movements, each depicting a season in the bleak northern landscape. Each of these is further broken into distinct sections. The first movement evokes the wasteland of late autumn with an murmuring drone pierced by the shrill voice of decay. The music develops to demonstrate both moments of startling intensity and deep tenderness. The second movement imagines the gentle snowfall of winter. Here, especially, the Sirius Quartet exhibits their sensitivity to the silences between the notes. Finally, the work concludes with a third movement that conjures up the floods of springtime with shivering tremolos, lyrical lines, and echoes of the previous textures.
AND THE SNOW DID LIE is a multimedia artwork to be appreciated by both the eyes and the ears. The powerful combination of Tann’s expressive lyricism paired with Bergeron’s master-lithography performed by the formidable skill and precision of the Sirius Quartet make this new digital single an event not to be missed.
El Violin Latino’s “Los Soñadores/Dreamers” Praise and Support
The Official Video for Los Soñadores/Dreamers premiered on YouTube on May 4, 2018. The message of the song is as vital as ever. The initial response to the song and video was tremendous. The praise, supportive.
Watch and listen again, and share the message of unity and support for Los Soñadores/ The Dreamers of the United States. The song is the title track of Gregor Huebner’s El Violin Latino Volume 3 – Los Soñadores (“The Dreamers”) available worldwide. Learn more about the album.