photo by Margot Shulman
BOTH HANDS — I like that music helps us figure things out. On the other hand, I like that music can’t entirely be figured out. I like music that is full of feelings (mole tam, full of flavor, as my grandmother used to say), and I like when music is an exploration of ideas, values, and worldview – two hands playing around with sound and momentum and qualities of motion, and gesture, proportion, contrasts, patterns, and clutter, and how we feel and think when some of those change – or on the other hand, when some of them don’t. I like thinking of music as moving the way our thoughts and feelings move, and I also like thinking of pieces of music as microcosms or invented realities, each piece a world with its horizons and ways.
January 29, March 12, April 22 – Chamber Music Seminars with Jessica Krash and Tanya Anisimova
interview on Lithuanian Radio with journalist Audra Čepkauskaitė about music, Lithuanian-Jewish history and Yiddish classes
October 6, 2016 – “Past Made Present: the Music of Jessica Krash,” concert at Strathmore, Washington, DC metropolitan area. Featuring soprano Emily Noël , cellist Tanya Anisimova , and flutist Laura Kaufman.
September 18, 2016 – Panel discussion on Jewish humor at Theater J, Washington, DC
April 3, 10, and 17, 2016 – Sound Ideas: Nature, Physics & Numbers in Chamber Music. Discussion-Masterclasses with Jessica Krash at Strathmore.
What I Wanted to Tell You reviewed on NewMusicBox.org.
Jessica Krash profiled in GW Today.
“Dangerous Music: Music and the Brain”
from the Library of Congress
“Reminiscence on Studying with Jeanne Bamberger”
from Visions of Research in Music Education, vol. 20
“tantalizing…engaging with a touch of the provocative” — Cecelia H. Porter, The Washington Post
“deft, challenging and eclectic … manages to combine politics and music in a manner that does justice to both. Krash has a playful sense of humor…” — Tim Page, The Washington Post
“sly, crackling wit” — Andrew Lindemann Malone, The Washington Post
“a pianist of delicacy and warmth” — D Moore, American Record Guide
“arresting and original…finely crafted work, full of interesting and unexpected twists and turns…life-affirming energy, vigor, and optimism” — David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine
“beguiling…enticing…compelling” — L. Peat O’Neil, The Washington Post
“Krash’s performance of the demanding score is brilliant…Fog [is] an example of music so original it is not yet trendy.” — Helen Brown in the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music
“Composer and pianist Jessica Krash pushes the envelope of musical forms, creating and performing music that is always fresh and compelling.” — Strathmore