Meira Warshauer composer
Phillip Bush piano
Elizabeth Loparits piano
OCEAN CALLING from composer Meira Warshauer is a moving trilogy for two pianos dedicated to the ocean. The three installments — “Waves and Currents,” “From the Depths,” and “The Giant Blue” — speak to the vast majesty of the aquatic world and the many challenges that face it. Innovative performance techniques coax unique sounds out of the instruments; a metal chain rustles on vibrating strings to mimic the white noise of breakers in “Waves and Currents,” while “From the Depths” utilizes coloristic “inside piano” techniques, and bowed tones recall sounds from the blue whale in “The Giant Blue.” Against the backdrop of large-scale contaminations, overfishing, acidification, and rising temperatures, OCEAN CALLING is an impassioned plea on behalf of Earth’s greatest natural resource.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Ocean Calling: I. Waves and Currents||Meira Warshauer||Phillip Bush, Elizabeth Loparits - piano||8:03|
|02||Ocean Calling: II. From the Depths||Meira Warshauer||Phillip Bush, Elizabeth Loparits - piano||13:59|
|03||Ocean Calling: III. The Giant Blue||Meira Warshauer||Phillip Bush, Elizabeth Loparits - piano||18:45|
I. Waves and Currents was commissioned by Gail Anastasion, Janna Baker, and Laurie Walden in loving memory of their mother, Patricia M. Baker.
II. From the Depths was commissioned by the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.
III. The Giant Blue was commissioned by Matt and Debbie Long in loving memory of Matt’s grandmother and Meira’s first piano teacher, Mary Eunice Troy.
Recorded December 14-16 2022 at the Recital Hall, University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia SC
Session Producer Brad Michel
Session Engineer Jeff Francis
Piano Technician Paul Williams
Editing, Mixing & Mastering Brad Michel
Executive Producer Bob Lord
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Chris Robinson
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Production Manager Martina Watzková
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran
With a musical palette ranging from traditional Jewish prayer modes to minimalist textures with rich melodic contours, and from jazz-influenced rhythms to imaginative orchestrations of the natural world, composer Dr. Meira Warshauer’s music has been performed live to critical acclaim and heard on broadcast and online media worldwide. In much demand for commissions, she writes for orchestras, chamber and vocal ensembles, and soloists, as well as opera.
Acclaimed as “a pianist of poetry, elegance, and power” (American Record Guide), “a pianist of exceptional, cherishable finesse” (Los Angeles Times), and “one of those rare pianists who combine structural intelligence with a hundred color gradations” (Village Voice), Phillip Bush has established a performing career over the past three decades that is noted for its remarkable versatility and eclecticism, with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. Since the launch of his career upon winning the American Pianists Association Fellowship Award and subsequent New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984, Bush has appeared as a recitalist throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Elizabeth Loparits is an active performer and educator, currently serving as Vocal/Instrumental Collaborative Pianist and Lecturer of Music in Applied and Collaborative Piano at the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Loparits has performed solo and duo-piano recitals in Hungary, Costa Rica, and the United States, including recent appearances at UNCW’s Piano Masterworks Series, Lumina Festival, New Music Festival, and with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
OCEAN CALLING is a trilogy for two pianos dedicated to the ocean. Covering 72% of the planet’s surface and providing half the oxygen we breathe and many other resources, the ocean regulates our climate with currents traversing thousands of miles. But large-scale contaminations, overfishing, acidification, and rising temperatures undermine the ocean’s ability to sustain its own ecosystems and the planet as a whole. I hope the OCEAN CALLING series will help renew our connection with this vital life source and its vast, mysterious realms, and that we will hear the calls from the sea that we are one.