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ZOFO Duet - Zoforbit / Classical KING: Second Inversion review and interview

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ZOFO Duet (shorthand for 20-finger orchestra… ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), is a fresh chamber ensemble with a vision to embrace exciting classics like Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for piano four-hands and expand the repertoire by commissioning works by new composers including Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Terry Riley. Pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi take the freshness a step further, aiming to commission works by composers who have never written for piano four hands, stretching composers to step into a new compositional realm.

ZOFORBIT is the duo's most recent release on Sono Luminus, with all pieces themed around outer space.  The difficult part for ZOFO wasn't finding piano four-hands music that fit into this category, it was choosing from a multitude of options!  ZOFO's own arrangement of Gustav Holst's The Planets is the anchor of the album, as 2014 marks the centenary of this iconic composition.  Urmas Sisask's The Milky Way, George Crumb's Celestial Mechanics, and David Lang's Gravity round out the collection.  Courtesy of Sono Luminus records, we're pleased to offer "Gravity," streaming on-demand.

Gravity is full of descending, falling lines with a very distinct sense of gravity, almost as if there's no escape.  Composer David Lang says, "With ‘gravity' I had the image in my head of how to make a kind of music that would always be falling.  The material is in a state of slow perpetual motion, moving inexorably downwards and yet never really resting or landing."  Keisuke further describes Gravity as one of the saddest, yet most beautiful pieces he's ever played. Read the full Classical King: Seattle 'Second Inversion' review and listen to ZOFO Duet's interview with Maggie Stapleton.