Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abrams Channels Wagner in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Daniel Abrams
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The Old Dutch Church, located in Kingston’s historic Stockade section, is a fantastic space in which to experience live music. Besides being architecturally magnificent, it’s acoustically amazing; the sound quality when Spiritualized played there for last year’s 0+ Festival was truly to die for (which works out well because the church sits on one of the oldest cemeteries in New York State). If you’ve yet to sample the sumptuous setting of this stunning structure, August 31 will be a great occasion to do so, as the date will feature a concert by pianist Daniel Abrams.

Interesting story with Abrams. The pianist, who for the concert will perform works by Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, and his own Wagner-inspired “Opera for Piano” series, maintains that his own recent works were composed “immediately following a re-birthing session at the Theosophical Society’s summer retreat in Upstate New York, [when] he started channeling music. The first work was written in the three days following the re-birthing experience, which had gone far beyond just his birth and flipped him back into a former lifetime. The music was in the Baroque style, and the composer was unknown. Another mystical experience followed soon after while on a visit to Mull in the Hebrides, where Richard Wagner spoke to him in a dream. The next day, he started writing ‘Fantasie Variations on Tristan und Isolde.’ All the music in his series is written in the style of composer, as if the composer had written the opera as piano music.”

In this 2012 performance, Abrams plays two of his sublime Wagner adaptations:


Daniel Abrams will perform at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston on August 31 at 8pm. For tickets and information, call (8450 331-3261 or visit www.KingstonFestival.org.

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