Looking forward to this week at the Steans Institute!
Shai joined Chris Johnson last week on KMFA, Classical 89.5 'Rideshare' for a conversation about his latest album "Impromptu." How do you create a framework to present seven different composers with varying styles into a cohesive album? Find out by listening here!
Have you listened to #Impromptu yet? Shai's latest album is a journey through impromptus (and a fantasy) by 7 composers, or as he describes it, "a posthumous jam session." Over the next few weeks, stay tuned and check back for links to tracks, special videos from the album, and Shai's commentary about these wild, intimate, witty, poetic, quirky, and gorgeous pieces!
"This CD is bewitching," says Michael Church in BBC Music Magazine this month. "By marshalling [these impromptus] together Wosner says something interesting about them: each may be a social misfit in normal company, but here can be seen as belonging to a clearly defined genre."
A conversation with Shai on his latest album, "Impromptu", today on WCLV 104.9 ideastream with host Angela Mitchell. Listen now!
"[Shai Wosner] is commanding but also relaxed enough to embody the spirit of improvisation that links these compositions. ... The unexpected success of having a Charles Ives improvisation serve as the bridge between impromptus by Chopin and Schubert is a testament to Wosner’s imagination and insight as a performer" (Colorado Public Radio, reviewing Shai's recent recording, Impromptu).
6/16/2017Shai is in Budapest! Here he is with students at the Festival Academy Budapest in a performance of Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2.
6/6/2017The WholeNote had nothing but praise for Shai's new CD: "[Wosner] imbues each piece with immediacy and freedom [and] makes them powerfully introspective and somewhat mystical. His playing is subtly hesitant and exploratory, creating the feeling that he’s never been here before, that this is in fact the moment of birth."
About Shai's Schubert sonatas in Israel last week, San Diego Jewish World says: "From the very first notes of the first sonata Wosner held the audience captive with his wide range and expressive musicality, bringing the music to life and setting it before us like a delectable feast." Shai brings the sonatas stateside soon!