Joy & SorrowChesky Records
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While attending the Polish premiere of his opera The Mice War at Krakow Opera, David Chesky and conductor Yaniv Segal took a life changing trip to the extermination camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Emotionally shaken by the experience, David wanted to create works not only depicting the trauma and sorrows of the death camps, but also the joy and celebrations that encompass all aspects of Jewish life. The music is at times full of angst while constantly pulsating with life and raw rhythmic energy that reflect the rich cultural history and musical tradition of Jews. Using the language and Klezmer style of Eastern Europe as raw material, David has redefined what Jewish music for orchestra sounds like.
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David Chesky's source for The Abreu Danzas is the sound and energy of New York City / WFMT: Featured New Release
Meticulously designed, intense, and streetwise, David Chesky's music proposes a variation on an old musical gambit. Classical composers have long drawn from their national folk music for their work. Chesky's source for The Abreu Danzas is the sound and energy of New York City or, to be precise, a Latin New York City. The centerpiece of the album is a five-movement ballet dedicated to the late Venezuelan ...
David Chesky's opera about an opera opens at the Fort Greene Playhouse / Brooklyn Paper
Call it a meta-soprano! An offbeat and often risque operetta will belt out its satiric tunes at Fort Greene's Brooklyn Playhouse on March 15 and 16. Audiences at "La Farranucci," will discover a saucy show that mocks the stodgy world of divas and double arias, according to its director. The musical comedy, written by composer David Chesky, is an opera about an opera, and it turns a satirical eye on the p...
Piano Concertos 2&3 from David Chesky / stereophile review
Given that David Chesky has just followed the digital release of his Second and Third Piano Concertos with a January 13 performance of his Violin Concerto No.3 by Rachel Barton Pine and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, some might say he's on a roll. Others, listening to the pace of two new piano concertos inspired what liner notes writer Harold Lester calls "the chaos of [Chesky's] adopted New Y...
CES opens as RIAA reports first half of 2017 sees streaming accounting for 62% of music-industry revenues / TWICE
The music industry is shifting to a streaming model from a download model, spurring new high-res streaming services to prepare for launch and more audio hardware companies here at CES to support high-res streaming services. Retailers at CES will also find a growing selection of car audio products that support various high-res formats, a growing selection of high-res home and portable products supporting ...
David Chesky - The Venetian Concertos / KDFC: Download of the Week
Each week KDFC: San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. This week's download is from David Chesky's newest radically original powerful compositions, The Venetian Concertos. A tribute to the classic Italian Concerto Grosso form, Chesky uses his fondness for the Baroque as a starting point. However, influenced a...
David Chesky - Primal Scream / Step Tempest
Though the Chesky name is well-known in the recording industry for its groundbreaking audiophile label (started in 1978 by brothers Norman and David), I must admit I was mostly unaware of David Chesky's work as a composer and pianist. One glance at his webpage (www.davidchesky.com) is enlightening, informing one of his classical endeavors, compositions for dance troupes, children's ba...
David Chesky - Primal Scream / Jazz Weekly
If you're into film noirish sounds from 50s B movies, this release lead by pianist/composer David Chesky is a real treat. He forms a quintet with a series of super modern studs such as Billy Drummond/dr, Javon Jackosn/ts-cl, Jeremy Pelt/tp and Peter Washington/b. And, yes, these guys know how to hit hard and bop with the best, the mood here is more subtle, impressionistic and hip-ly cerebral. Gentle ...
David Chesky - Primal Scream / Westwood One: America This Week
Once again pianist/composer David Chesky courts a dark, masterful muse on this second recording by his Jazz in the New Harmonic quintet. The noirish atmosphere on Primal Scream prevails from his first dissonant stabs at the keyboard with cool solos from veteran jazz artists Javon Jackson and Jeremy Pelt, while Peter Washington and Billy Drummond lock down the time. This is a different kind of cool j...
In Honor of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, David Chesky releases - 'Psalm No. 1 for String Orchestra'
Composer David Chesky's haunting new video, "Psalm No.1 for String Orchestra," is juxtaposed with photos of children and families held in concentration camps during World War II. The music is stunning and combined with this imagery edited by the composer's wife Patricia Dinely Chesky, provides an honest sadness. The work searingly captures the horrific reality of the Holocaust. The orchestral...
David Chesky puts his own twist on bridging the worlds of jazz and classical in Jazz in the New Harmonic
David Chesky's Jazz in the New Harmonic (Chesky Records and HDtracks.com) puts the acclaimed pianist and composer's own personal twist on bridging the disparate worlds of jazz and classical. The music has its roots in Third Stream, the hybrid term coined in 1957 by Gunther Schuller to identify a new emerging musical sensibility that was essentially a confluence of classical music and jazz, w...
David Chesky: Jazz In The New Harmonic gets Downbeat Editor's Pick' for August 2013
David Chesky has said that for his new quintet album, he wanted to take his "harmonic language" (influenced by the classical composers Ives, Webern and Messiaen) and merge it with a strong sense of groove. The pianist/composer certainly achieved that goal with Jazz In The New Harmonic , thanks to his stellar band: Billy Drummond (drums), Peter Washington (bass), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and Javon ...
SiriusXM: Pops / Linked Music: This month's guest is David Chesky
This month's guest on SiriusXM: Pops / Linked Music is three-time Grammy nominee David Chesky, has earned great respect for his fresh and unique approach to musical compositions spanning jazz, classical, and opera. His latest album is Jazz in the New Harmonic. All About Jazz describes it as, "Full of provocative ideas, imbued with soulful expression and charged with the spirit of anti...
Radio's Loves David Chesky's New York Rags
Radio has been responding enthusistically to David Chesky's latest CD: 'The New York Rags.' As hoped, the album is resonating with both Classical and Jazz programmers. Here's what they are saying. Plaudits to Chesky, a bullseye from this fan of Reginald Robinson, Scott Joplin et al. Love 'Kids You're Late For School Rag.'
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Texas Public Radio reviews David Chesky's new album: 'The New York Rags'
Visiting New York City is exhilarating. The hassle of air travel, the expense of the cabs and buses falls away and suddenly you are there, surrounded by familiar buildings, that great skyline beckoning, and people! Thousands and millions of busy, hurried people swarm all around you and this is where the adrenaline kicks in. At first you feel like a fifth grader at university - slow, turned around and...
David Chesky Is Back in Action
David Chesky's three new concertos have redefined the role of the modern string soloist. By fusing the classical concerto form with the modern harmonic language of American rhythmic jazz, these innovative works extend theoretical parameters to realms reserved only for the few pioneers truly revolutionizing their instruments today. Tom Chiu and Dave Eggar are by turn chamber soloists...